Dead Week and Dead Day Policy
Effective November 30, 2010
No required class meetings, examinations or activities may take place on the Friday
immediately preceding final exams for the fall and spring terms. At their own
discretion, faculty members may hold additional office hours or give a review session on
Dead Day provided these activities are strictly optional. This day has been created as a
break from regularly scheduled and/or required academic activities to allow students to
prepare for their final examinations as they see fit.
FINAL EXAMINATIONS POLICY
Final examinations are scheduled by the Registrar. With the exception of courses
requiring a common time, all finals will be scheduled on the basis of the day and the
hour the course is offered.
In general, all final examinations will be given only during the stated final examination
period and are to appear on the Registrar’s schedule. Faculty policy adopted in January
1976 provides that no exams (final or otherwise) may be scheduled during the week
preceding final examinations week, with the possible exception of laboratory exams. The
scheduling by an individual faculty member of a final exam during the week preceding
final examinations week is to be avoided because it tends to hinder the students’ timely
completion of other course work and interfere with the schedules of other instructors.
Faculty members should not override this policy, even if the students in the class vote
to do so.
Academic activities that are explicitly disallowed by this policy include:
• Scheduling an in-class examination (final or otherwise, with the possible
exception of laboratory exams) for any course during the week preceding final
• Scheduling an early make-up final examination - unless the student needs to
miss the regularly scheduled final for school related business (athletics, school-
related travel, etc…) and requested by the student and approved by the
• Assigning a take-home final examination that is due during the week preceding
final exams – unless the student needs to miss the regularly scheduled final for
school related business (athletics, school-related travel, etc…) and requested by
the student and approved by the instructor.
(Dead Week and Dead Day Policy Continued, page 2)
Academic activities that are allowable during the week preceding final exams include:
• The introduction of new materials
• Laboratory finals
• Required homework
• Required in-class assignments such as quizzes or worksheets (NO EXAMS)
Quizzes are shorter exercises which take place on a fairly regular basis
(e.g. 15-30 minutes in duration, 6-10 times a semester).
Exams are major exercises which take place only a few times a semester
(e.g. 50-120 minutes in duration, 2-4 times a semester).
• Major course assignments such as Final Presentations or Term Projects provided
the assignment was assigned at least 4 weeks in advance or was clearly
indicated in the course syllabus (Presentations must not be scheduled in conflict
with regularly scheduled courses in departments outside of the one scheduling
• Take home finals (provided they are not due prior to finals week
• Make-up exams for students who miss a scheduled exam in the prior week due
to emergency, illness, athletic event, or other CSM sanctioned activity (provided
this absence has been approved by the Associate Dean of Students)
(Note: These policies apply only to undergraduate courses. Students enrolled in
graduate courses, are bound by policies outlined in the Graduate Bulletin.)
Policy will be published in 2011-2012 CSM Undergraduate Bulletin
Policy Disseminated: December 2, 2010
Policy Effective: November 30, 2010
Academic Affairs Approval: November 30, 2010
Faculty Senate Approval: October 26, 2010
Undergraduate Council Approval: October 13, 2010
Department Head/Division Director input solicited
and integrated prior to Undergraduate Council Vote
Student input solicited and integrated from graduate and
undergraduate representatives to Faculty Senate
Questions concerning policy implementation or content should be directed to the
Registrar’s Office at Registrar@mines.edu.