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End-of-term regulations relieve stress

With finals just around the corner, the Undergraduate Association's Committee on Educational Policy wants everyone to be aware of the Faculty End-of-Term Regulations, which are meant to relieve some of the stress associated with the end of the term. Below is an excerpt from the MIT Bulletin 1991-1992 regarding the regulations, violations of which can be reported to SCEP.

"The Faculty Regulations governing end-of-term examinations and assignments, together with the Faculty Policy Committee's interpretation, are the following, and apply to both undergraduate and graduate subjects:

1/3 For each subject that has a final exam, no examination may be given and no assignment, term paper or oral presentation may fall due during the six days preceding the Reading Period. The scheduled time for a final exam cannot be changed once it has been officially published; inquiries about limited exceptions to this policy should be directed promptly to the Registrar.

1/3 Each subject in which no final exam is given may have at most one of the following during the six days preceding the Reading Period: either a one-hour quiz may be given during a regularly scheduled class period or one assignment (term paper, lab report, take-home exam, problem set, oral presentation, etc.) may fall due. (A quiz of one and one-half hours is allowed, but only if done within a regular class period.)

1/3 It is inappropriate for comprehensive examination (exams covering most of the term's work to be given at any time other than during the final exam period.

1/3 No classes, examinations or exercises of any kind may be scheduled beyond the end of the last regularly scheduled class in a subject, except for final exams scheduled through the Registrar's Office. Any formal reviews of subjects should be held during regular class periods, but the rule does not exclude the possibility of sessions after the last days of classes at which the instructing staff is available to answer questions of students who choose to attend. (The Architecture design reviews that occur during finals week are considered to be equivalent to final examinations and are scheduled by the Department.)

1/3 No assignment of any kind may be given that falls due after the last regularly scheduled meeting of the class for that subject. This does not prevent an instructor from giving an extension to an individual student, but an extension should not be given to the majority of the class.

1/3 Any departure from these rules requires permission for the [Committee on Academic Performance] for undergraduate subjects or the [Committee on Graduate School Policy] for graduate students -- and that any such approved exception will be announced early in the term and emphasized appropriately. Asking students to vote on some deviations from the rules is not an acceptable procedure.

Faculty or students with questions regarding the interpretation or application of any of these provisions should contact the chairman of the faculty or request the assistance of the CAP."

Keelan K. Yang '94->

Chair, UA Committee->

on Educational Policy->