Rules Governing Final Examinations
- No instructor may hold a final examination except during the period
in which final examinations are scheduled; when necessary, exceptions to
this policy may be granted for postponed examinations (see 3 and 4 below).
No final examinations may be scheduled during the last week of classes
or on reading days.
- No student may be required to take more than two final examinations
on any calendar day during the period in which final examinations are
scheduled. If more than two are scheduled, the student may postpone the
- Examinations that are postponed because of conflicts with other examinations,
or because more than two examinations are scheduled in the same day, may
be taken at another time during the final examinations period if the faculty
member and student can agree on that time. Otherwise, they must be taken
during the official period for postponed examinations.
- Examinations that are postponed because of illness, a death in the
family, or some other unusual event, may be taken only during the official
periods: the first week of the spring and fall semesters. Students must
obtain permission from their dean's office to take a postponed exam. Instructors
in all courses must be willing to offer a make-up examination to all students
who are excused from the final examination.
- No instructor may change the time or date of a final exam without permission
from the appropriate dean.
- No instructor may increase the time allowed for a final exam beyond
the scheduled two hours without permission from the appropriate dean.
- No classes (excluding review sessions) may be held during the reading
- All students must be allowed to see their final examination. Exams
should be available as soon as possible after being graded with access
ensured for a period of at least one regular semester after the exam has
In all matters relating to final exams, students with questions should
first consult with their dean's offices. Faculty wishing to seek exceptions
to the rules also should consult with their dean's offices. Finally, the
Council of Undergraduate Deans and SCUE urge instructors to see that all
examinations are actively proctored.
--Robert Barchi, Provost
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 14, December 7, 1999
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