WLU to test fall reading week as uWaterloo weighs its options

October 8, 2014

Wilfrid Laurier University students will enjoy a few extra days off next week as the university begins a three-year trial of a fall reading week. “The break will be perfect, whether students want to take the time to study or just take the time to relax,” said one student. 14 of 20 Ontario universities currently offer students a fall reading week, and WLU students began pressing campus leaders to follow their example 3 years ago. Down the road, University of Waterloo students, faculty, and staff will be keeping a close eye on the results of WLU’s trial. A task force at uWaterloo has submitted a report on the feasibility of a fall break to the university’s VP Academic, and students there will have an opportunity to voice their opinion on the issue in an online referendum next month. Stéphane Hamade, VP of uWaterloo’s Federation of Students, said that a break could help promote mental health and mitigate stress; however, there are a number of logistical issues that would need to be resolved before any plan could move forward. The Record | uWaterloo News