Final Exam Policy Under Remote Instruction for Spring ‘21
Responding to specific issues connected with virtual examinations this past fall, the Committee on Examinations and Standing has adopted the following policy for spring 2021:
- All exams will default to take-home exams that students may take at any point beginning the day after Dean’s Date until the end of the Exam Period (May 6-14).
Take-home exams may be self-scheduled by students during this period within time constraints set by faculty. While the standard time period for an exam remains three hours, no take-home exam should take longer than eight hours for a student to complete.
Defaulting all exams to take-home exams across the entire exam period has the following benefits:
- Students will manage their own schedules, arranging their exams to accommodate their own constraints within our newly compressed final exam period.
- The faculty, the Registrar, and advising staff will manage fewer rescheduling requests (which will, in turn, help to address equity concerns).
- The take-home exam format will be clear for academic integrity jurisdiction.
- Faculty retain the option of a Registrar-scheduled exam
Faculty who prefer to offer a Registrar-scheduled exam may opt out of the default take-home option. Centrally-scheduled exams will be scheduled in a three-hour block; any “second sittings” will be formally recorded.
- Faculty giving take-home exams should offer clear guidance on time constraints and expectations:
- Set clear expectations for how long students should spend on a take-home exam. Most exams will remain three hours long, and no exam should require more than eight hours.
- Use the learning management system timers on Blackboard or Canvas for any exam that must be completed under timed conditions (an exam in which the student has a specific amount of time to complete the exam once it is downloaded).
- Clearly articulate in writing academic integrity expectations for the exam format.
- Ensure that all students with approved academic accommodations have appropriate resources.