Assignments on snow days get mixed feedback

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Due to the snow day on Thursday, Jan. 25, students had to complete snow day alternate assignments in lieu of class. Photo by Emily Rowan/Photo Editor

Break is over. It is time to get back into the swing of things. Classes have started. Snow is on the way. What happens when the snow gets here? Do classes still go on? Nope.

Students everywhere love snow days. Snow days mean no class, no work and hanging out with friends drinking hot chocolate. When waking up in the morning to a text that says school is closed, many students are filled with joy.

Students should not get too excited. If classes get cancelled, the students still get work for their classes. Just within the past few years, professors have been giving students work to do in place of the missed class.

Professors lose important class time with their students when Cabrini calls off classes. Cabrini, as well as the professors, needed to find a way so that this would not happen again.

“As professors, we are required to meet credit hours by our accrediting body, so there is no other option,” Dr. Terlecki, associate professor and chair psychology department, said.

The students do not really have a choice. These snow day assignments count as much as a regular homework assignment.

However, even though the professors are required to give assignments, the students completely disagree.

“I hate that we get work when it snows,” Nicole Moffit, a sophomore English major, said. “We shouldn’t get work, it isn’t fair.”

“I enjoy this new policy of giving work,” Spanish professor, Javier Gli Gordillo, said. “A snow day shouldn’t deter students from getting the best education possible.”

Many professors assign work that the students would have gotten in class. The students will have access to all of the work they are assigned. Professors are here make sure of that.

“They can often work on assignments from anywhere,” Terlecki said. “It doesn’t just have to be from the library, mostly Cabrini Learn.”

Even though students have the access, do they actually complete their assignments?

“In my experience, students participate in the same way as if it was a normal day of class, since in my course, they are held accountable under the same terms defined on the syllabus for homework completion,” Gli Gordillo said.

Students have all the tools to complete the snow day assignments they are given.

“I take these assignments seriously because they count towards my grade, but they are a pain to do,” Moffit said. “All I want to do is be with my friends and go out and enjoy the snow.”

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