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My Favorite Time of the Quarter

From the Stanford Bulletin:

End Quarter Period END-QUARTER POLICY STATEMENT The End-Quarter Period is a time of reduced social and extracurricular activity preceding final examinations. Its purpose is to permit students to concentrate on academic work and to prepare for final examinations. In Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, End-Quarter starts seven full days (to begin at 12:01 a.m.) prior to the first day of final exams. In Spring Quarter, final examinations begin on Friday; no classes are held on Thursday, the day before. In Summer Quarter, this consists of the weekend and the four class days preceding the final examinations, which take place on Friday and Saturday of the eighth week. (See the Time Schedule for dates.) During the End-Quarter Period, classes are regularly scheduled and assignments made; this regular class time is used by instructors in whatever way seems best suited to the completion and summation of course material. Instructors should neither make extraordinary assignments nor announce additional course meetings in order to "catch up" in course presentations that have fallen behind. They are free, however, and even encouraged to conduct optional review sessions and to suggest other activities that might seem appropriate for students preparing for final examinations. No graded homework assignments, mandatory quizzes, or examinations should be given during the End-Quarter Period except:
  1. In classes where graded homework assignments or quizzes are routine parts of the instruction process.
  2. In classes with laboratories where the final examination will not test the laboratory component. In such a case, the laboratory session(s) during the End-Quarter Period may be used to examine students on that aspect of the course.
Major papers or projects about which the student has had reasonable notice may be called due in the End-Quarter Period.

So End-Quarter Period is a “time of reduced social and extracurricular activity.” Gee, who would have thought that on campus where classes are still meeting regularly the week before finals, social activity is reduced. Brilliant university policy statement there.

But at least there’s no graded homework assignments, quizzes or examinations.

Unless they are “routine parts of the instruction process.” Which they are in every class I’ve ever taken.

I hate college.

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