RELIEF DAYS/“DEAD DAYS” POLICY
Relief days, known as “dead days,” have been designated at the end of the semester
and before final exams.
Reason for Policy/Purpose
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding
Who Needs to Know This Policy
All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.
Website Address for this Policy
- No test shall be given Thursday or Friday before final exams, “test” being defined
as in-class examination of cumulative information presented from memory. This is not
to be confused with an out-of-class assignment that could possibly be finished and
turned in before the date it is due, a date which may fall during the week before
finals. Exceptions may be allowed for laboratory, performance/activity and those regularly
scheduled Thursday or Friday classes which meet one time per week. Faculty should
note exceptions on the course syllabus, which is distributed to students at the beginning
of the semester.
- All pre-planned social activities that are held by any university-affiliated groups
are forbidden Thursday, Friday and the weekend before exams.
- All regularly scheduled classes will be held as usual.
This policy is directed toward undergraduate classes on the Hattiesburg campus.
The Dean of Students is responsible for the review of this policy every four years
(or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website
02/05/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.