Offices Extend Monday Hours to Appease Students

Ramapo offices are undergoing a schedule change in the hopes of better accommodating students. Several offices are extending their Monday office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., keeping them open two hours later than usual.

“The extended hours are helpful to the campus community at-large,” said Arthur Chill, bursar. “It does not really make a difference for me. It really does not assist us to accomplish any additional work as we are flexing our hours to accommodate the later hours. I believe it came into effect to support the working population who can’t get here before 4:30.”

The offices that will be adopting the two-hour extension on Mondays include Admissions, Adult/Graduate Admissions, Athletics, Bursar, Cahill Career Center, Center for Reading and Writing, Center for Student Involvement, Counseling, EOF, Events and Conferences, Financial Aid, Health Services, ITS, Institutional Advancement, Judicial Affairs, Library, OSS, Public Safety, President’s Office, Registrar, Residence Life, Roukema Center for International Education, School Offices, and Academic Advisement & Student Success.

An email sent by Brittany Goldstein, chief of staff to president, stated that this change was a response to feedback received from many of the students, including commuters and dormitory residents.

The change has ultimately been put into effect starting March 31 and will continue on so forth.

Authorities have realized that with hours of classes, organizations and clubs, as well as outside work or jobs, many students have difficulty scheduling time to meet with advisors, apply for financial aid, visit the Cahill Center to find internships and jobs or attempt to meet about studying abroad.

The extra office hours are not necessarily for the benefit of the staff, but rather for the benefit and welfare of the students who can’t seem to find the time to schedule a meeting.

“Although I live on campus, I still find it hard for me to schedule appointments to meet with my advisors,” said Roselaure Charles, a junior. “My class schedule is pretty scattered, and plus, I work on campus. I will definitely take advantage of this extension and have no doubt that other students will as well, especially the commuters.”