On March 12, the Senate of the Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously voted against the reduction of overnight library hours.
The current regular library hours (not the adjusted hours due to coronavirus) are 24 hours Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends. The proposed reduction of hours was 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays.
Parliamentarian Jonathan Mitchell, a sponsor of the resolution, said, "Around late February to early March, Ross (Landgraf) was looking to reintroduce the resolution and he explained all the details and statistics of a reduction of library hours. I believed that the resolution would be beneficial to the students of UNC Charlotte, so I asked Ross if I could be added as a secondary sponsor to the legislation.”
The Senate included the following reasons for opposing the reduction in hours:
- The proposed change in library hours would have possible adverse effects towards students' academic achievement.
- The cost reduction difference was from $268,064 to $218,758 with a balance of $49,309.
- This indicates how much money would have been saved if the library decreased their hours available to students.
- The reduced hours would limit the study space made available to students during the normal hours.
- In the 2019 Midpoint Academic survey, over half of the respondents stated that the limited hours would have a negative affect on their study habits.
“With every students' story being unique, some may be in a position in which the library is the only place where they can actually get work done. Reducing this opportunity for students would negatively impact academic performance. As such, I am opposed to a cut in library hours,” Michell says.