Christopher J. Ortiz
For many students, the week before finals is spent trying to
find the balance between writing papers, preparing for tests and
even taking them. But for students at some schools, the week before
finals is spent, shockingly, preparing for finals.
When the Kyle and Dustin Associated Students of CSU presidential
ticket proposed implementing dead week at CSU, the proposal
included having classes the week before finals be review sessions
and be optional.
We are not too confident that their idea of dead week would have
be plausible, but teachers do need to realize students have
enormous pressure the weeks prior to finals week.
This Monday, CSU President Larry Penley replied to a question
about enforcing dead week in a column in the Collegian.
Penley wrote, “CSU doesn’t have a dead week policy but we do
have a policy that states faculty are expected to give finals only
during the designated finals week. If you encounter this problem,
I’d advise you to talk to the head of that academic
According to today’s front-page story, CSU’s undergraduate
catalog states that “no class examination constituting more than 10
percent of the final course grade may be given in undergraduate
courses during the week preceding the final examination period of
The concept behind dead week is to relieve students’ stress
before finals week and to allow students to prepare for final exams
and papers. Professors and instructors need to make sure they are
not overloading students with projects and papers before finals
Some graduate schools have a week off between dead week and
finals week, giving students the entire workweek to prepare.
Compromise between students and faculty needs to happen so
students can do better on finals. The university needs to create an
environment for students to perform as well as they can.