Final Examination Policy
The Registrar may authorize a student to take an examination up to 24 hours before or after the scheduled examination time.
- Appropriate reasons for granting such requests are religious days, personal emergencies (on a case by case basis), and more than one examination scheduled on the same day Examinations will normally be rescheduled during the 24-hour period after the scheduled examination time. Examinations will be rescheduled during the 24-hour period before the regularly scheduled time only in the most unusual and compelling circumstances.
- Students who have been approved by the Office of the Registrar to postpone an examination must present their approved application to the course instructor at least 48 hours prior to the examination, except in the event of illness or personal emergency.
- The course instructor will establish a single three-hour make-up time on the following day for all students to take the rescheduled exam; individual arrangements will not be made.
- Members of the faculty may not approve rescheduled final examinations. The Committee on Examinations and Standing has delegated the responsibility for 24-hour postponements to the Office of the Registrar.
- In circumstances in which the Office of the Registrar administers a rescheduled examination, the faculty member in charge of the course must make a copy of the examination available to the Office of the Registrar.
Overcrowded final examination schedules
- Students with two exams on the same day may postpone one exam to the following day.
- The approval, signed by a staff member of the Office of the Registrar, must be presented to the faculty member in charge of the course at least 48 hours prior to the examination.
- The Office of the Registrar determines which examination is to be rescheduled.
- A student who has two examinations on the same day and a single examination on the following day has the option of moving one of the two scheduled for the first day to the second day and of moving the examination scheduled for the second day to the following day, resulting in an examination schedule of one examination per day in three successive days.
- The policy regarding overcrowding does not apply to make-up exams approved for other reasons, such as illness, religious days, University-sponsored athletic competitions, and personal emergencies.
Illness and Final Examinations
A student who feels too sick to take an examination must report to McCosh Infirmary prior to the scheduled examination time and call the Deputy Registrar, Sally Gonzalez (8-7242). If McCosh confirms to the Deputy Registrar that the student is incapable of taking the examination at that time, there are two possible outcomes.
If the student recovers sufficiently, he or she may take the same examination within 24 hours of the originally scheduled time. The Deputy Registrar will notify the student of the new time and place of the rescheduled examination. If the student is so ill that a long-term postponement is needed, the student should contact his or her Dean as well as the Deputy Registrar. All postponed fall term exams are rescheduled for the third week in February. Rescheduled spring term examinations are given in the week preceding the beginning of the next fall term.
A student who begins an examination will, except in the rarest of circumstances, be held accountable for taking the examination and will be assigned a grade based on the work completed on that examination. Therefore, any student who becomes ill during an examination should try his or her best to complete it. A student whose condition is so serious that it requires urgent medical attention should report immediately to McCosh Infirmary. Students should be aware that falling ill during an examination will rarely be cause for rescheduling. Under truly extraordinary circumstances, a student requiring medical attention during an examination may petition the Committee on Examinations and Standing to take a make-up at a later date. Students should understand that there would need to be compelling medical evidence that continuing the examination was not an option, and that exceptions are rarely granted.