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Rules Governing Final Examinations

  1. No instructor may hold a final examination nor require the submission of a take-home final exam 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.
  2. 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 middle exam. If a take-home final exam is due on a day when two final examinations are scheduled, the take-home exam shall be postponed by one day.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. No instructor may change the time or date of a final exam without permission from the appropriate dean.
  6. No instructor may increase the time allowed for a final exam beyond the scheduled two hours without permission from the appropriate dean.
  7. No classes (excluding review sessions) may be held during the reading period.
  8. 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 been given.

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. 48, No. 30, April 16, 2002


April 16, 2002
Volume 48 Number 30

Both the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Medicine announce the recipients of their annual teaching awards.
Gearing up for Open Enrollment means thinking about how the changes in benefits could influence which medical or dental plan is most cost-effective.
President Judith Rodin protects and defends free speech on campus, reiterating a message from her January 1995 Welcome Back which is still relevant today.
SEAS announces a new Ennis Professor, named for Dr. Alfred Ennis (Moore School '28).

Penn participates in the Franklin Institute Laureates Symposium, hosting four symposia on campus which are open to the University community.