Study Week

Policy Memorandum No. 64

Recommended by the Commission on Graduate Studies, Commission on Undergraduate Studies, and Commission on Student Affairs
Approved by University Council: May 20, 1985
Approved by the President: May 20, 1985
Effective: Immediately

Throughout much of 1984-85, the University's governance system gave consideration to a proposal, originally made by the Student Government Association, for a "Dead Week" at the end of each academic quarter, when the last week of regularly scheduled classes would be free of tests in anticipation of final examinations. The Commission on Student Affairs forwarded it to University Council, which referred it to the Commissions on Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Studies. Both of these Commissions suggested changes in the proposed policy. On May 20, Council finally adopted the proposal restricting the giving of tests during the last three days of scheduled classes. Following is the policy as approved for UNDERGRADUATE COURSES:

All written work, with the exceptions noted below, should be given at such time that it can be graded and returned during a regularly scheduled class meeting of the quarter. In any event, in-class hour examinations or other major in-class written assignments or tests shall not be given during the last three calendar days of scheduled classes.

The exceptions for undergraduate courses are:

  1. Dates for turning in term papers and project reports may be set at the discretion of the instructor, provided that the student is not to be held responsible on the final examination for the subject matter therein.

  2. Final examinations in laboratory courses and in other courses which do not warrant a final examination during the examination period. Such examinations, if required by the department and/or instructor, should be given during the last regularly scheduled laboratory or class period.

  3. Regularly scheduled final examinations, when special permission has been granted by the dean of the appropriate college.

Council also approved a similar policy statement for graduate courses. The opening policy statement for graduate courses is the same as that provided for undergraduate courses above. The four exceptions, however, differ somewhat.

The exceptions for graduate courses are:

  1. Dates for turning in term papers and project reports may be set at the discretion of the instructor.

  2. Final examinations in laboratory courses and in other courses which do not warrant a final examination during the examination period. Such examinations, if required by the department and/or instructor, may be given during the last regularly scheduled laboratory or class.

  3. Regularly scheduled final examinations when special permission has been granted by the dean of the appropriate college.

  4. Final examinations for Masters and Doctoral candidates, if approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.


President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm64