Dead Week

Senate Rule

  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, a summer term and a winter intersession.
  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 1, 2, and 3.
  7. Class participation and attendance grades are permitted during Dead Week.

*         The current wording of this rule does not prohibit continuing into Dead Week regularly assigned graded homework that was announced in the class syllabus.

*          The Dead Week rule applies to ALL courses taught in the fall semester, spring semester, eight-week summer session, and four-week summer term, including those taught in a format that has been compressed into less than one semester, term, or session. The rule does not apply to courses in professional programs in colleges that have University Senate approval to follow a nonstandard calendar, as authorized in SR 2.1.1(I).


How to resolve issues regarding Dead Week:

The first step in resolving any concerns regarding Dead Week is to talk with the course instructor.

If the initial attempt fails to resolve the issue, the student may meet with the department chair to express his or her concerns. Please provide 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 and the department chair, and/or the student would like a confidential consultation, the student may contact Academic Ombud Services.

If the student's concerns regarding Dead Week have merit, the issue is raised prior to midterm, and the student wishes to remain anonymous, 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 response regarding Dead Week.