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Final Examination Policy

The Committee on Examinations and Standing has delegated the responsibility for 24–hour postponements of in-class final exams to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar may authorize a student to take an examination up to 24 hours before or after the scheduled examination time. Members of the faculty may not authorize rescheduled final examinations.

  • A request to reschedule an in-class exam is authorized by the Registrar under very few circumstances: 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.
  • The Registrar’s authorization notification will indicate the date, time and location of the rescheduled exam.
  • 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 Registrar.

 Overcrowded final examination schedules

  • Students with two in-class exams on the same day may submit an application to the Registrar to postpone one exam until the following day.
  • Students who have an in-class night exam (7:30 p.m.) followed by an in-class morning exam (9:00 a.m.) the next day may request that the morning exam be rescheduled to the afternoon (1:30 p.m.) of the same day.
  • The Registrar’s authorization notification will indicate the date, time and location of the rescheduled exam.
  • A student who has two in-class 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.

 Illness and Final Examinations

A student who feels too sick to take an examination must report to University Health Services (UHS) prior to the scheduled examination time and call the Deputy Registrar, Sally Gonzalez (8-7242). If UHS staff confirms to the Deputy Registrar that the student is incapable of taking the examination at that time, there are two possible outcomes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 first week 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 UHS. 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 exceptions are rarely granted and that there must be compelling medical evidence that continuing the examination was not an option.

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