Examinations

1. General Policy

Examinations are part of the education process and serve to assess students’ academic performance in courses. Instructors determine the format and schedule of tests and assignments during the semester. Tests and mid-term examinations are normally given during the assigned class hours. The Department Chair or Dean must approve any significant deviation from this procedure. Tests and examinations are generally taken in booklets (bluebooks) supplied by the University. Use of these bluebooks is restricted to tests and examinations. University regulations forbid the distribution, possession, or use of these bluebooks outside the examination room. Faculty comments on written assignments and projects are integral to the development of students’ writing and analytical skills. Therefore, it is expected, for pedagogical reasons, that faculty members return students’ work in a timely fashion. Furthermore, faculty members are responsible for returning papers and examinations directly to students.

2. Study Days

The University normally designates 2–3 days between the end of classes and the beginning of the final examination period each semester as study days (see the Academic Calendar for the specific dates). This provides time during which undergraduate students can complete the work of the semester and prepare for final examinations. All final examinations are to be administered during the final examination period scheduled by the Registrar for the course in which the final is being given. No member of the faculty should alter the examination schedule or schedule an undergraduate final examination either during the study days or during the final week of classes. Assignments that are not cumulative, such as interim exams, can be given during the final week of classes provided a final exam is given during the final exam period.

3. Final Examinations

Final written examinations are held during the assigned examination period. The Registrar publishes the schedule for final examinations. Professors must adhere to the final published schedule, and changes must be approved by the Dean and the Provost. Unauthorized changes in the examination schedule should be reported to the Dean’s Office.

At times students will encounter conflicts in the examination schedule. The Dean’s Office will handle the rescheduling of an examination in the following cases: (1) two examinations scheduled at the same time, (2) three examinations on one calendar day, or (3) three examinations in a row (in three successive time-slots).