LANSING — Today, state Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), a University of Michigan alumnus, offered an amendment to the state higher education budget during the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Higher Education which would preserve ‘Michigan time’ for university students. ‘Michigan time’ is the university’s tradition of starting classes 10 minutes after the posted start time to allow students time to travel between classes. The university has announced it will end the practice next semester. Rep. Rabhi’s amendment was not adopted. In response, Rep. Rabhi issued the following statement:

                “I am committed to doing all I can to help students at our universities have the support and tools they need to be successful. ‘Michigan time’ has been a treasured tradition at the university for more than 80 years, providing students and faculty the flexibility they need to navigate campus and arrive at class with enough time. This tradition is one of many that gives the University of Michigan its unique character, and I would be sad to see it abandoned.”