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Dead Week

In 2009, the University Senate modified the Dead Week Policy as follows: Dead Week [US: 4/13/09]

  1. The last week of instruction of a regular semester is termed "Dead Week.” In the rest of these Rules, this term also refers to the last three days of instruction of a summer session and a summer term.
  2. In cases of "Take Home" final examinations, students shall not be required to return the completed examination before the regularly scheduled examination period for that course.
  3. No written examinations, including final examinations, may be scheduled during the Dead Week.
  4. No quizzes may be given during Dead Week.
  5. No project/lab practicals/paper/presentation deadlines or oral/listening examinations may be scheduled to fall during the Dead Week unless it was scheduled in the syllabus AND the course has no final examination (or assignment that acts as a final examination) scheduled during finals week. A course with a lab component may schedule the lab practical of the course during Dead Week if the lab portion does not also require a Final Examination during finals week.
  6. Make-up exams and quizzes are allowed during Dead Week; these are exempt from the restrictions stated in C, D and E.
  7. Class participation and attendance grades are permitted during Dead Week.
  8. The current wording of this rule does not prohibit continuing into Dead Week regularly assigned graded homework that was announced in the class syllabus. [RC: 9/09]

Please do not hesitate to contact the Ombud Office if any questions arise about what academic activities may and may not occur during Dead Week.