FALL 2021 FINAL EXAM AND TAKE-HOME EXAM FAQS

Faculty FAQs

Registrar-Scheduled Final Exams

Registrar-scheduled final exams are requested by course instructors and scheduled by the registrar at a designated time. Registrar-scheduled exams are under the jurisdiction of the Honor Committee.

For fall 2021 registrar-scheduled exams, faculty may elect one of the following options:

  • You may continue with your registrar-scheduled exam as planned in its designated in-class campus location.
  • You now have the option, however, to administer your registrar-scheduled exam remotely.  If you elect this option, you must maintain the original exam date and time but give the exam electronically to all students via email or Canvas.  (We encourage you to use Canvas because of its helpful timing function.)  This option would allow students in isolation to take the exam as planned, along with their peers.  You must notify the deputy registrar (bronfeld@princeton.edu) by December 6thif you decide to make this change.
  • You can convert a registrar-scheduled exam to a take-home exam at this time, but please allow students the entire take-home period (December 15 – 20) to complete the exam to avoid new scheduling conflicts.  You can set a time-limit for which students should work on the exam.  Again, notify the deputy registrar (bronfeld@princeton.edu) by December 6thif you decide to make this change.

Please note a registrar-scheduled exam must be taken at its designated time and location (if the exam is held in-class), except in the following circumstances, which require the authorization of the deputy registrar:

  • University-sponsored varsity athletic travel
  • COVID-19 isolation or quarantine, as mandated by University Health Services (see detailed FAQ below)
  • Illness as confirmed by University Health Services
  • Personal emergencies or religious obligations, as approved on a case-by-case basis
  • Overcrowded in-class final exam schedule (more than one in-class final exam on the same day or three in-class final exams over two days)

Please review the final exam policy. Students who want to reschedule a registrar-scheduled final exam must submit a request to the Final Exam Reschedule Request system, which remains open through December 6, 2021. Please note that registrar-scheduled final exams are not rescheduled to accommodate personal travel.

 

Take-home exams

Take-home exams are exams conducted during the first six days of the final exam period (Dec 15-20), at a location of the student’s choosing. Take-home exams are under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Discipline.

Faculty are encouraged to permit students to self-schedule their take-home exam at any point during the six-day period, which will allow students to manage their time and avoid conflicts with other exams.   Faculty may, however, choose to designate a shorter window of time during which the assessment must happen.

Faculty should indicate a reasonable time-limit for the duration of the take-home exam (not more than eight hours) and are encouraged to use the timer function in Canvas to regulate time limits.

Please note that the overcrowded final examination policy only applies to registrar-scheduled final exams. Students with an overcrowded take-home examination schedule should consult with their residential college dean or director of studies.


Student FAQs

Exam Conflicts

My instructor has designated a 24-hour window of time for my take-home exam, and I have a registrar-scheduled final exam during that same 24-hour period. Can I reschedule one of my exams?

The overcrowded final examination policy only applies to registrar-scheduled final exams. You may not reschedule your registrar-scheduled final exam. Please reach out to your director of studies or residential college dean, who will consult with the instructor in charge of the take-home exam to discuss whether an adjustment to the designated time window may be possible.

I have two take-home exams scheduled within the same 24-hour period.  What should I do?

The overcrowded final examination policy only applies to registrar-scheduled exams. If both take-home exams are of a short duration, you will need to plan your time carefully and take both exams. If both take-home exams are of a longer duration, please reach out to your residential college dean or director of studies, who will consult with the instructors in charge of the take-home exams to discuss whether an adjustment to the designated time window of one of the take-home exams may be possible.

Illness and Final Exams

By UHS mandate, I am quarantining or in isolation due to COVID-19 but I do not feel ill. How can I take my in-class, registrar-scheduled final exam?

Please reach out to your instructor and your residential college dean and director of studies. Your exam will be emailed to you or shared on Canvas so that you may take the exam at the same time as other students in the class.

I woke up sick on the day of my registrar-scheduled final exam (in-class or remote). Can I reschedule it?

A student who feels too sick to take an examination must email the deputy registrar, (bronfeld@princeton.edu). If UHS staff confirms to the deputy registrar that the student is incapable of taking the examination at the time, there are two possible outcomes:

  • Short-term postponement: If the student recovers sufficiently, they 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 location, if the exam is in-class) of the rescheduled examination.
  • Longer-term postponement: If the student is so ill that a long-term postponement is needed, the student should contact their residential college dean or director of studies as well as the deputy registrar. All postponed exams are rescheduled for the week prior to the start of the next term.

I fell ill while taking my registrar-scheduled final exam (in-class or remote). What should I do?

A student who begins a registrar-scheduled examination will, except in rare 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 their 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.

I am too ill to work on my take-home exam. What should I do?

Email your instructor and your residential college dean or director of studies, who will consult with you about options.

(Updated 12/6/21 4:59 PM)