New Policy for the Week Preceding Final Examinations

Introduction

The Georgia Tech Faculty Senate voted unanimously to approve the Student Government Association’s proposal for a policy to govern the Week Preceding Final Examinations (WPFE). The policy will appear in the Course Catalog on the Registrar’s website at http://www.catalog.gatech.edu/rules, and has been in effect since Spring 2010. 

Policy Details:

Table 1: WPFE Assignment Convention.

 

Courses with Traditional Final Exam

Courses with Alternative Assessment

Allowed

Not Allowed

Allowed

Not Allowed

WPFE

Homeworks1

Tests

Homeworks1

Tests

Projects2

Quizzes

 

Quizzes

 

Lab Reports and

Lab Practicums3

 

Additional Lab Reports/Lab Practicums

 

Alternative Assessment (One Project or Lab Report/Practicum)

 

 

Additional Projects

Finals Week

One Final Exam

Any Additional Assignment

Any Additional Assignment

No final examination will be given earlier than final examination week under any circumstances.  All quizzes and tests should be graded and returned on or before the last day of class preceding final examination week.  Student concerns may be discussed with the faculty member and/or to the chief academic officer of the department of instruction, or the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.  (See the Student Academic Grievance Policy in the General Catalog.)

  1. Homework may be given on new material covered during WPFE if the assignment is indicated on the syllabus at the beginning of the semester.
  2. Major projects (projects with more than one deliverable) due during WPFE should be assigned in the syllabus and fully detailed by the last day a student can withdraw from a class with a “W.”  These projects cannot require mastery of material that is covered during WPFE.  For these major projects, intermediate deliverables should be due prior to WPFE.
  3. The only exception is four credit-hour courses, with a three-hour lecture component and a lab. In such courses, there may be a lab report and/or practicum due during WPFE and a traditional final examination during finals week, provided the lab report is assigned prior to WPFE.

For more details on the new WPFE policy, download the official Press Release.

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Feel free to contact Lucy Tucker with any questions or comments.