ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR Spring TERM 2005

Thursday – Thursday, January 6 - 27
Graduate Students register and enroll.

Sunday, January 9
New undergraduate students arrive. Residence halls open.

Thursday – Thursday, January 13 - 27
Undergraduate students register and enroll.

Thursday, January 13
First day of instruction.

Monday, January 17
No University exercises, staff holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

Thursday, January 27
Last opportunity to enroll in courses for all students. Last opportunity to drop courses without instructor's permission. All work for fall term incompletes due to instructors.

Friday, February 4
Grades replacing fall undergraduate incompletes due in the University Registrar's Office.
Last day for undergraduates to elect a pass/fail grading option for the current term and to convert to graded basis for the preceding term.

Monday – Friday, February 21- 25
No University exercises: midterm recess.

Monday, February 21
Staff holiday: President's day.

Friday, February 18
 Last day for undergraduates to drop courses without transcript notation (instructor's permission required). Last day to drop Module I Heller and IBS courses.

Tuesday, March 1
Last day for May graduate degree candidates (certificates, final and continuing master’s and Ph.D.) to file Application for Degree in the Office of Student Financial Services. Final day for May Heller School graduate degree candidates to file Application for Degree at the Heller School Registrar. May Ph.D. candidates should submit penultimate copies of dissertations to program chairs.

Friday, March 11
Undergraduate midterm grades due in the University Registrar's Office.

Thursday, March 24
Brandeis Monday - Monday class schedule in effect.

Friday, March 25
No University exercises: Good Friday.

Friday, April 1
Last day for undergraduates to drop courses with a "W" transcript notation (instructor's permission required).

Tuesday – Tuesday, April 5 - 12
Undergraduate registration period for fall term 2005.

Friday, April 15
Final day for faculty certifications that May Ph.D. candidates have defended dissertations. Last day for all Graduate Arts and Sciences, Heller School, and International Business School students to drop a course with the signatures of the instructor and chair.

Monday, April 18
Staff holiday, classes in session: Patriot’s Day.

Friday, April 22
Last day of instruction. Last day to voluntarily withdraw from the semester (written notification required).

Monday – Friday, April 25 - 29
No University exercises: Passover and spring recess.

Monday, May 2
Study day.

Tuesday – Wednesday, May 3 - 11
Final examination period.

Thursday, May 5
Senior grades for all courses without final exams due in the University Registrar's Office by 10:00 a.m. Senior grades for all courses with final exams due by 10:00 a.m. on the third day after the examination, and in no case later than Friday, May 13 at 5:00p.m.. Final day for May graduate doctoral degree candidates to deposit dissertations at their graduate school office. Final day for faculty certification that all May master’s candidates have completed degree requirements, including language(s) and theses.

Friday, May 6
Grades for all graduate degree candidates due in the University Registrar's Office.
10:00 a.m.

Monday, May 16
Last day for graduating seniors to convert current pass/fail enrollments to graded basis.

Tuesday, May 17
Department degree meetings at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 19
Faculty meeting at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 22
Commencement.

Tuesday, May 24
All other spring term grades due in the University Registrar's Office. Graduate incompletes from fall term 2004 due.
10:00 a.m.

Monday, May 30
Staff holiday: Memorial Day observed.

Wednesday, June 1
Last day for August graduate degree candidates (certificates, final and continuing master’s and Ph.D.) to file Application for Degree in the Office of Student Financial Services. Final day for August Heller School graduate degree candidates to file Application for Degree at the Heller School Registrar. August Ph.D. candidates should submit penultimate copies of dissertations to program chairs.

Friday, July 29
Final day for faculty certifications that August Ph.D. candidates have defended dissertations.

Monday, August 15
Final day for August graduate doctoral degree candidates to deposit dissertations at their graduate school office. Final day for faculty certification that all August master’s candidates have completed degree requirements, including language(s) and theses.

*Note: Make-up examinations for fall term 2004 will be held January 19, 20, and 24, 2005.

Policy of Brandeis University Pertaining to Religious Observance

In constructing the academic calendar, religious holy days will not be the sole factor in determining days on which classes will be held or suspended. It is the policy of the University, however, that students be encouraged to observe their appropriate religious holy days; that instructors strive to facilitate this by allowing absence from classes for such purposes and by trying to insure that no examinations, written reports, oral reports, or other mandatory class assignments are scheduled for or due on such holy days; and that instructors provide ample opportunities for such students to make up work missed on such occasions without penalty. Jewish holidays begin at sundown of the previous evening and end at nightfall of the day listed.