Governing Final Examinations
instructor may hold a final examination nor require the
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
student may be required to take more than two final examinations
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.
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.
instructor may change the time or date of a final exam
from the appropriate dean.
instructor may increase the time allowed for a final
exam beyond the
scheduled two hours without permission from the appropriate
classes (excluding review sessions) may be held during
the reading period.
students must be allowed to see their final examination.
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.
Security numbers may not be used to post grades, either
in hard copy or electronically. Instructors may not
publicly display a student's Penn ID or any portion of
the Social Security number, nor use name, initials, or
any personally identifiable information to post grades.
Even when an identifier is masked or absent, grades may
not be posted in alphabetical order, to protect student
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