These policies were approved by the Academic Faculty Senate in April 2015 and will be phased in beginning with the Spring 2016 Semester. Until then, the current Dead Week policy is in effect. See the archived 2014-2015 Catalog for more information on the existing Dead Week policy: http://www.catalog.gatech.edu/docs/2014-15CATALOG.pdf.
C. Final Instructional Class Days and Reading Periods.
The following applies to the standard terms, including the Full Summer Session. It does not apply to the Early and Late Short Summer Sessions. Given the variability in the exact timing of the full summer session, the Registrarís Office will adjust the final instructional class days and reading periods for this semester only in order to meet required instructional time. This policy replaces the former Dead Week (Week Preceding Final Examinations) policy.
1. Final Instructional Class Days
- Final Instructional Class Days are scheduled during each regular term, including the Full Summer Session, and are the last two instructional days of the term immediately preceding the first reading period.
- No tests or quizzes are to be administered on these days. Lab quizzes and/or practicums may be given in courses comprised of both a lecture and a scheduled lab, where the lecture carries at least 2 credits.
- For all courses, graded homework or assignments, lab reports, course projects, demonstrations, studio reviews, and presentations may be due during these two days, provided that they are listed on the syllabus at the start of the semester.
- All quizzes and tests should be graded and reported to students on or before the last final instructional day.
1. Reading Periods
- These periods will be designated to provide time for students to prepare for final examinations.
- No classes (including labs, recitations, projects, design/capstone courses and studios) meet.
- No assignments, projects, presentations, or other graded activities are allowed.
- Instructors may schedule optional study review sessions for students during reading periods (but no credit or extra-credit may be attached to these optional sessions). New content may not be covered, and any materials (e.g., handouts, slides, practice problems, etc.) that are provided at these optional review sessions must be made available to all students. This provision does not require that such optional sessions be audio or video recorded.
2. Requests for exceptions to the Final Instructional Class Day and Reading Period policies may be made in writing by the Dean of the College (or his/her designee) to the Student Rules and Regulations (SRR) Committee. The SRR will then make a recommendation to the appropriate Institute Curriculum Committee (graduate or undergraduate) for approval or denial. Requests must be made no later than the semester prior to the desired semester of implementation and will be regularly reviewed.
3. Student concerns may be discussed with the faculty member and/or reported to the chief academic officer of the department of instruction, or with the Assistant Provost for Academic Advocacy and Conflict Resolution. (See Student Academic Grievance Policy in the General Catalog.).