By Ben Kleppinger
Dead week could be getting deader. Student senate and faculty senate are planning on forming a joint committee to rewrite Eastern’s current dead week policy.Student Government Association Vice President Lindsey Cross said SGA recommended revising the policy last semester to the student and faculty senates.
“Both groups recognized the importance of making some changes to the policy,” she said.
Cross met with Faculty Senate chair David Eakin Wednesday. She said she expects the joint committee to start meeting soon.
Eakin said the process of changing the policy is still in the beginning stages, but confirmed that the faculty senate is working with the student senate to see if the policy is being “abused.”
The faculty senate will be forming an ad hoc committee to look into the issue, Eakin said.
The current dead week policy in the Eastern faculty handbook states, “No major examinations or assignments shall be given during the week preceding final examinations.”
It then continues, “Exceptions must be approved by the department chair and be shown in the course syllabus.”
Cross said the policy needs to be revised because it is too vague, too hard to enforce and bothersome to both faculty and students.
SGA president David Fifer said the exact change in policy is up for grabs, but the change is needed.
“Right now we have a really ambiguous (policy),” he said.
Fifer said SGA receives a large number of complaints every semester from students upset because of extra work during dead week.
“Whatever the policy is going to say, it needs to be well-defined … no surprises,” he said.
Cross said a clearly defined dead week policy will give students time to finish final projects and prepare for finals.
“It’s really to a student’s greatest advantage to … know what to expect ahead of time,” she said.
Some possible changes to the policy include restricting student workloads during dead week and the inclusion of “reading days” – weekdays without any classes to give students more time to study, Cross said.
Fifer said the committee would identify specific issues before it forms a policy.
Once the committee has developed the policy, it will go to the faculty and student senates for approval.
In order to make the policy official, it would then have to be approved by the university administration, Fifer said.
Fifer said he would like to see the policy in place in time for dead week this semester.