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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. (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:

  • If the course does NOT have a final exam and the activities are scheduled in the course syllabus, projects, lab practicals*, paper presentations, and oral/listening exams are allowed. *Please note that only the lab portion of the course must 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.
  • Make up exams and quizzes.
  • Class participation and attendance grades.
  • Regularly scheduled graded homework that was announced in the class syllabus.

Not allowed during dead week:

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

Steps to Resolve Issues Regarding Dead Week

  • The first step in resolving any concerns regarding dead week is to talk to the course instructor.
  • If the initial attempt fails to resolve the issue, the student should meet with the department chair to express his or her concerns. Please provide any information and documentation (e.g., the course syllabus) that helps to explain the issue regarding dead week.
  • If the concerns regarding dead week remain unresolved after speaking with the course instructor or the department chair, and/or the student would like a confidential consultation, the student may contact the Academic Ombud Services Office.
  • If the student's concerns regarding dead week have merit, and should the student wish to preserve you anonymity with the course instructor and department chair, the Academic Ombud may contact the course instructor on the student's behalf to resolve the matter. In this instance, the Ombud will inform the student of the instructor’s decision regarding dead week.

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