TCU announces online-only weekend classes as makeup for winter storm cancellations


TCU announced makeup dates for classes after last week’s unprecedented winter weather. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

By Benton McDonald

Three Saturday class dates have been added to the semester calendar after unprecedented winter weather canceled most classes last week.

The makeup dates were announced by Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg in an email to faculty and students Wednesday.

Saturdays March 20, March 27 and April 10 will be the makeup days for the classes cancelled from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19.

The online-only makeups can de delivered synchronously or asynchronously.

Dahlberg said the dates were chosen after discussions with the Provost Council, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Senate.

Notably, they do not conflict with next month’s Spring Refresh. The refresh is a planned three-day off period from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10.

Campus-wide snowball fight
A campus-wide snowball fight last week in the Commons. (Leah Bolling / Staff Photographer)

Student body president Paige Shiring said she pushed for classes to not be held over the refresh.

“I was dead set on not having any classes over Spring Refresh,” she said. “I just know that undergrads would much prefer it that way. It was really cool that that was what ended up happening.”

Shiring expressed gratitude for being consulted in the decision. Dahlberg reached out to her and other student leaders and had multiple meetings with them this week before the announcement was made.

“I’m really pleased that admin not only took our opinions as students into account but really listened and actively wanted it to make that decision,” she said.

Faculty Senate Chair Sean Atkinson echoed Shiring in a statement to TCU360.

“I’m glad that students, faculty and staff were consulted and included in the process of determining how to make up the days missed last week,” he said. “Though there were no really great solutions, this approach at the very least preserves the Spring Refresh with the least amount of impact on the last few weeks of the semester.”

Not holding makeup dates near the end of the semester due to concerns about overburdening was also considered, Dahlberg wrote.

The cancellations needed to be rescheduled due to university regulatory requirements under the U.S. Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that require a minimum number of class hours to deliver.

TCU pipes are being repaired during the winter storm
Construction workers fix a water pipe between Sadler Hall and Mabee Hall. (JD Pells/Staff Photographer)

All in-person and online classes were canceled for four full days due to winter weather in Texas.

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All classes resumed Monday. The Mary Couts Burnett Library has remained closed due to ongoing repairs related to weather damage.

According to a TCU spokesperson, a leak began in the library on Feb. 15. The “flood zone” includes the first, second and third floors of the library’s west side.

The entrance to the west side will be closed until further notice, according to the university. Plans are being developed to ensure access to books and other materials.