Indiana University is holding off on an idea to add more Friday classes. The idea came up after Lauren Spierer disappeared. Spierer went missing last year after going out partying with her friends on a Thursday night. That prompted University officials to consider adding more Friday classes in order to lengthen the part of the week students were engaged in academic studies.
The university commissioned a study and Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Tom Gieryn says the data showed adding Friday classes would not necessarily change student habits.
“Other things are going to have to do that,” he says. “I think Friday classes, or the increase of Friday classes is probably not really going to make a difference, because most students treat Friday already as a serious workday.”
The study showed that while fewer classes are scheduled on Fridays, the academic buildings are often being used by other academic activities like meetings with professors, student work groups, and internships.
The faculty council decided not to make any changes to schedules, but did charge Gieryn’s office with monitoring the trends in Friday classes. The council might revisit the issue in the future.