University Of Utah Faculty Opposes Closures For Football Games

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Faculty leaders at the University of Utah say canceling classes for weekday football games undermines the academic mission of the state’s premier research institution. On Monday, they unveiled recommendations to top U. bosses for how to keep the campus open during athletic and other big extracurricular events.

Topping the list are moving classes, sending staff home early and allowing parking on lawns.

On game days, throngs of football fans make driving to, from and around the southern part of campus a complex feat. And don’t even think about parking in your usual spot. But despite those headaches, faculty and administrators are adamant that last year’s campus closure for the season opener against Montana State should not happen again.

"Do we want to send a message that the education of our students is secondary to other interests? We have made a commitment as an institution to accommodate what we do for a living, and that’s education," outgoing U. Academic Senate president Patricia Hanna, a professor of linguistics, told her colleagues on Monday.

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