Changes to upcoming student reading weeks

On April 12th, 2019, Western’s Senate agreed that “effective September 1st, 2019 a Fall Reading Week will be scheduled to begin on the 3rd Monday after Thanksgiving and end at midnight on the subsequent Sunday.” As a result, the Senate has also approved a new structure of the Academic year so that each term will be twelve weeks in length, comprising of at least 60 “lecture days.” 

It is anticipated that a further policy amendment will be presented to the Senate to address the Hours of Instruction for Undergraduate Courses Policy relating to contact hours. 

Recognizing that many academic colleagues are currently planning their upcoming undergraduate curriculum, please disseminate this information to your faculty colleagues and administration. 

For 2019/2020, the following dates are now applicable, and will soon be reflected in the Academic Calendar and Academic Policies:




Labour Day


Sept. 2

Rosh Hashanah


Sept. 29

Session begins


Sept. 5

First Term


Sept. 5-Dec. 5

Teaching days

min. 60




Oct. 14


4th W/Th/F

Oct. 23-25

First Term Study Break

3rd Mon.

Nov. 4 – Nov. 10

Classes End


Dec. 5

Study Days

min. 2

Dec. 6, 7


Dec. 8-19

Exam Days Count

min. 12


Classes Start

1st Mon.

Jan. 6

Family Day


Feb. 17

Second  Term


Jan. 6-Apr. 3

Teaching days





Apr. 10-12

Second Term Study Break


Feb. 15-23

Classes End


Apr. 3

Study Days


Apr. 4,5


Apr. 6-26

Exam Days Count



**remove 1 day from the schedule for Easter Saturday; (observe Passover)