Students study for final exams in the library during dead week. (Amanda Wheeler)

By Brittany Davenport

Dead week. Some say it’s a myth, and others see it as the one week they can expect no homework, no major assignments and certainly no tests. Is it true? Is there really a thing called dead week, and if so, are professors really holding up their end of the bargain? The faculty handbook for the 2007-2008 school year says, under the bold headline of “pre-final examination week policy,” that no major examinations or assignments are to be given during the week preceding final examinations. It continues to say any exceptions must be approved by the department chair and be shown in the course syllabus. Adam Pritchard, a part-time sociology instructor, approves of the rule.

Pritchard said he thinks it’s good for students to have the extra study time so they have an opportunity to do as well as they can.

“It’s nice to give students a chance to study for a final instead of doing last-minute assignments,” Pritchard said. Although Pritchard seems to be following the rules, other professors seem to walk a beat of their own, said Angela Cravens, a senior elementary education major.

“(Dead week) no longer exists, because teachers seem to give more homework this week than any other week,” Cravens said.

Some professors give final examinations during dead week, which frees the students from tests during finals week. Kara Lairson, a junior English literature major, said professors should follow policy, but she does see the upside of a test during dead week.

“It does take stress off some students to have one or two finals this week instead of all of them all next week,” Lairson said.

Even if dead week tests relieve stress during finals week, some students say they feel just as stressed as ever. Rebekah Logsdon, a freshman music merchandising major, is one of them.

“I’m more busy this week than I am ever,” Logsdon said.