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Dead Week

The last week of a regular semester and the last three days of a summer session is called "dead week." Below is a summary of the dead week policy. For the complete Senate Rule pertaining to Dead Week, see S.R. 5.2.4.6 (pdf).

Note that Dead Week Rules apply only to undergraduate students.

There are some course restrictions related to Dead Week. Below is a brief list of what is and is not allowed during Dead Week:

Allowed during dead week:

  1. Projects, lab practicals, paper presentations, and oral/listening exams if they are scheduled in the syllabus and the course does not have a final exam. 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, written examinations, quizzes, or final examinations.
  2. "Take Home" final examinations cannot be due before the regular scheduled final exam period.