The growth of intercollegiate athletics has made the scheduling of athletic events more complex, and conflicts with the academic calendar have increased. A recent scheduling decision causes special concern: the Civil War game for 2001 has been scheduled for the Saturday before Fall final exams. We should not lose sight of the principle that the academic needs of our athletes and other students are always our top priority.
The OSU Faculty Senate therefore makes the following recommendation to our President and Provost: In the future, the academic calendar should be of paramount consideration in the scheduling of athletic events. In particular we suggest that major events should not interfere with dead week and final exams; in general we urge that the Athletics Advisory Board be involved in any change to the athletic calendar that significantly impacts the academic calendar.
The motion to approve the verbiage as amended passed by voice vote with no dissenting votes.