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Dead Week

Please note that Dead Week Rules apply only to undergraduate students.

The last week of a regular semester and the last three days of a summer session is called "Dead Week." There are some course restrictions related to Dead Week. Below is a brief list of what is and is not allowed during Dead Week. For the complete Senate Rule pertaining to Dead Week, see Senate Rule 5.2.4.6.

Allowed during Dead Week:

  1. If the course does NOT have a final exam AND the activities are scheduled in the syllabus at the start of term, projects, lab practicals, presentations, and oral/listening exams are allowed. 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.
  2. Make up exams and quizzes.
  3. Class participation and attendance grades.
  4. Regularly scheduled graded homework that was announced in the class syllabus.

Not allowed during Dead Week:

  1. Papers, presentations, written examinations, quizzes, or final examinations.
  2. "Take Home" final examinations cannot be due before the regular scheduled final exam period.