Reading Period and Final Exams

Dear Students,

As the last day of classes approaches please take some time to consider your academic rights for Reading Period (Saturday December 11th to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 14th) and Finals (Tuesday December 14th at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday December 18th).

Final exams (meaning comprehensive examinations covering materials from the course of the entire semester) can only be given during the formal exam period. In courses without a registrar-scheduled final examination, significant final assignments such as final take-home exams, semester-long projects, and term papers must be due no sooner than the first day, and no later than the last day, of the exam period in which the registrar-scheduled exam would have occurred. 

Student organizations should not schedule retreats, programs or meetings that require student attendance during Reading Period. Departmental, program, and college activities that require student participation should not be held during Reading Period, with the exception of oral and written examinations covered by alternative exam calendars.  If a student has three or more final examinations on one day or four exams over two days, the student may request a rescheduled examination from one instructor.

For the full-written regulations for finals and reading period as well as other academic policies of the University please click here.

If you do not feel comfortable speaking directly to your instructor about any concerns you have about your academic rights, please contact your Class Dean.

Dean for the Class of 2014 – Marina Melendez ( ); Dean for the Class of 2013 – Louise S. Brown ( ); Dean for the Class of 2012 – David Phillips ( ); Dean for the Class of 2011 – Noel Garrett ( )

If you have any additional concerns or questions about exams, reading week or other academic issues please feel free to contact the WSA’s Academic Affairs Committee Chair or speak to any of your Academic Affairs Committee representatives.

Arya M. Alizadeh ’13, Chair ( ); Mari Jarris ’14, Vice-Chair ( ); Andrew Trexler ’14, Representative ( ); Stuart Pasch ’14, Representative ( )

Good luck and have a wonderful December and January!
-The Academic Affairs Committee

Useful Academic Links:  Academic Calendar 2010-2011 Year, Fall Semester 2010 Exam Schedule, WSA Winter 2010 Elections, Student Disability Services, Unofficial GPA Calculator

Note from Dean Brown: Withdrawal Deadline, Semester Calendar, Study Break, & Some Spring Events

Hey 2013’ers,

Glad you’re back!  Whether you went home, to a friend’s or relative’s, or stayed on campus, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break and are ready to dive into the last two weeks of classes.  I know it’s hard to believe that fall semester courses will end on Friday, December 10.  While certain parts of the semester may seem to go slowly, the entire period seems, in retrospect, to have zoomed by.  These last two to three weeks will telescope.  NOW is the time to get super-organized work-wise, if you haven’t already. 

The calendar for the rest of the semester is: 

  • Reading Week:  Saturday, December 11 – Tuesday, December 14 at 5 p.m. 
  • 2013 Study Break:  Monday, December 13 from  9-11 p.m., 3rd floor Allbritton
  • Finals:  Tuesday, December 14 at 7 p.m. – Saturday, December 18
  • Housing Closes:  Sunday, December 19 at noon

THE LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM FULL SEMESTER AND SECOND QUARTER CLASSES IS THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 AT 5 P.M.  Talk with your professors to get a realistic sense of where you stand in your classes.  If you decide to withdraw, get the form from the Registrar’s Office or mine.  You will need to get the signature of the instructor and your faculty advisor before getting mine.  That should not be a problem since you will be consulting with both of them prior to your decision to withdraw.  I’d be more than happy to talk with you about it as well.

In addition to the great STUDY BREAK brought to you by the 2013 class council in two weeks, STAY TUNED for the 2013 DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT on Sunday, February 13 (with a new consolation round this year, so get your teams ready!) and MUSICAL MADNESS on Thursday, February 24.  (For some reason, the class of 2014 thinks they have the chops to challenge the awesome and amazing talent in the class of 2013.  What is that all about???) 

As always, check the class blog (really) and if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either by e-mail (, by phone (x2758), drop-in (hours below), or appointment (x2758). 

Best, Dean Brown

ResLife, Safety & Security over Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break

As you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember to LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS whether you will be remaining on campus or leaving for the break!  Also, please consider taking home your bikes and other belongings that you will not need through the winter. If you are staying on campus over the break period, remember to walk in well lit areas after dark, preferably in groups, and report suspicious people to Public Safety immediately at 860-685-3333 or x-3333 from a campus phone line.  Although the RIDE program will not be operating Thursday through Saturday, Public Safety will provide escorts for individuals upon request.  Public Safety’s general phone number is 860-685-2345.

As you finalize your travel arrangements for the winter break, remember residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 (noon) on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  All residential units, with the exception of the wood frame houses, will close at this time.  Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with Residential Life by Wednesday, December 1, 2010.   Requests should be made through the Winter Break web site at:

Please note:  Housing is not guaranteed during the winter break period, students who are granted permission to live in their units during the break will be notified by December 10, 2010. 

Thank you, The Office of Residential Life

Finalize Schedules today by 5 p.m.!

Tuesday, November 16 is the last day to finalize your course plan.  You faculty advisor must finalize it by 5 p.m. today.  Wednesday you will be able to review your course schedule.  The adjustment period begins on Thursday, November 18 and goes through November 23.  You will get a message about what day you may begin to adjust your schedule.

The last day to withdraw from first semester and second quarter courses is Friday, December 3.

The Planning Period and Majors

The planning period for the Spring 2011 semester  runs from Tues., Nov. 2 through Tues., Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.   Because you will be declaring your major next semester, you want to think carefully about the courses you choose (and do not forget there is drop/add in case you change your mind by then!).  Talk with your advisor or professors in whose department/program syou have some interest to get a better idea of the major and what courses you might take.  And definitely check out on Wesmaps descriptions of the major and courses offered, including in the “Archives.”

  • If you are still exploring major possibilities, try out the gateway courses so you get a taste of what the discipline is about and have the prerequisite for advanced courses. 
  • If you are deciding between two majors, consider taking a course in each department/program to help you decide and  to move you forward at the same time. 
  • If you know exactly what you want, well then, go for it.  

If you’re still uncertain, you should know that students change majors even after the major declaration period, which runs from Feb.  3 to Mar. 5, 2011.  Depending on the major and your own academic history, you may have some flexibility to drop or add a major after March 5.  In other words, you still have time to explore next semester. 

Also, remember that your major does not necessarily determine what you will do with the rest of your life.  To get some perspective on this, talk with a CRC staff member and check out what Wes alums have done with their majors—see the amazing range of jobs that you wouldn’t even think of—by accessing MyCRC.

If you have questions, concerns or angst, please do not hesitate to talk with your faculty advisor and/or me .  We want to help you make the decision that is right for you.  

2013 rocks, Dean Brown  (x2758,

Fall Break Shuttles

Fall break is just around the corner, and you’re probably making plans to get off campus. It’s easy with Wesleyan’s shuttles. You can buy your ticket now at the Box Office in Usdan or online at Buy your ticket before all the seats fill up.

All shuttles leave from the front of Usdan on Wyllys Avenue.

If you need a ride or can give a ride to somewhere the shuttles don’t go, use the Rideboard. On the Rideboard you can find rides offered by other students, request a ride, or offer rides yourself. You can access the Rideboard through your E-Portfolio, under Student Life.

Here are the days and times for the shuttles:

Grand Central Station, NY ($25 each way) Penn Station, NY ($25 each way) South Station, Boston, MA ($25 each way)

To:  Friday 10/15 – 4 pm         From:  Tuesday 10/19 – 3 pm

New Haven Shuttle, Union Station ($9 each way)

To:  Friday 10/15 – 10 am, 6 pm;  Saturday 10/16 – 10 am; Sunday 10/17 – 4 pm

From:  Friday 10/15 – 7 pm; Saturday 10/16 – 11 am; Sunday 10/17 – 5 pm; Tuesday 10/19 – 11 am, 5 pm

Bradley Airport ($20 each way)

To :  Friday 10/15 – 12:30 pm      From:  Tuesday 10/19 – 7 pm