May 1, 2023

Hello Butler Juniors and Seniors!


Congratulations on wrapping up your spring classes! I’m writing with reminders about the end-of-term calendar. Do be in touch if there are ways I can help you manage your end-of-term work.

Reading period begins today, May 1.

  • Start early and give yourself some structure: write down both a long-term and a daily schedule that includes concrete studying/writing goals.
  • Check out this great McGraw handout on preparing for exams, which helps you to think like a professor while you’re studying.
  • Use the Writing Center for help with your Dean’s Date assignments. Grab an appointment before they fill up!
  • Take care of yourself. Practice the self-care routines that you know work for you. Carve out time to eat and sleep. Reading period and finals are a marathon, not a sprint. 
  • Check out these upcoming McGraw workshops that will help you plan your end of term work:
    • Planning for Dean’s Date & Finals Period (May 1 at 5pm; May 2 at 2pm)
    • Quantitative Problem Solving Strategies (May 5 at 1pm)


Dean’s Date is Tuesday, May 9.  

  • Dean’s Date is the university deadline for the submission of all written work (except for take-home exams); it is a firm deadline.  
  • All coursework due during the teaching term (lab reports, homework assignments, quizzes) must be turned in by Dean’s Date; extensions for term-time work are not possible. 
  • Extensions beyond Dean’s Date are permitted only for end-of-term written work (e.g. term papers), and are only given for compelling circumstances beyond a student’s control, such as illness or a personal emergency. 
    • Normally, any Dean’s Date extension requires approval from both the instructor and the college dean/assistant dean for studies (as described in the Undergraduate Announcement). 
    • This spring, as a continuation of this fall’s pilot, instructors may grant a short extension (of up to 24 hours) for compelling circumstances, without additional approval from the college dean or assistant dean for studies. Longer extensions (>24 hrs.) require additional approval from me. Note that faculty may impose a grade penalty for lateness when granting extensions.

If despite your best efforts you cannot finish your end-of-term assignments on time for any reason, see me before the work is due! Deadlines cannot be altered after the fact. Even if your Dean’s Date paper is due at 11:59pm, you’ll need to write to me before the close of business day (5pm) on Dean’s Date if you need help.

I’ll write again soon with detailed information about final exam protocols; in the meantime, please consult this exam comparison infographic and the Final Exam Policy on the Registrar’s website.

Questions? When in doubt, reach out. You may reach out by calling the Butler College Office at 609-258-3474 or by emailing me directly!


Dean Andrews

Dr. Rashidah N. Andrews


Dean of Butler College

1976 Hall, Suite 028F

Princeton, NJ 08544

Phone: 609.258.4954 I Email: [email protected] 

Pronouns: She/her/hers (What’s this?)

Please email your availabilities to schedule an advising appointment with me!