Periodic examination of student accomplishments is essential for both teaching/learning and evaluation purposes. Examinations may include traditional written examinations, whether in-class or take-home; oral examinations; term papers; laboratory or project reports; or studio projects. The faculty teaching and coordinating a course are responsible for both the method and substance of examinations used in each course, including the final examination or other integrating evaluative instrument.
In the case of multiple-section courses, the faculty teaching the various sections will determine the examination policy for the course (e.g., common examinations), subject to any restrictions determined by the entire faculty of the section, department, or division offering the course.
Written notification of the examination procedures (including the instructor's final examination policy) to be used in each section of each course must be made available to the students in the section during the first ten calendar days of a semester or its equivalent.
Initial Legislation: 2/3/76
Cumulative final examinations are valuable for University credit courses because they can fulfill two important academic objectives; student integration of instructional material and end-of-semester evaluation of student achievement. However, valid means other than the final examination exist for accomplishing these objectives (e.g., term paper, final project report, take-home examinations, etc.). Course instructors should determine which of these methods is most appropriate and effective in each undergraduate (including 400-level) credit course taught. Regardless of which type of activity is chosen, care must be taken not to interfere unduly with the full complement of scheduled instruction of the student.
To provide for student integration of instructional material, end-of-semester evaluation of student performance, and instruction extending to the end of the scheduled period, course instructors shall:
Exceptions to the provisions of this policy may be granted only for educational reasons and only as recommended by the faculty of the program offering the course and approved by the appropriate dean or chancellor.
Evening Examinations. The holding of evening examinations in courses not normally scheduled in the evening shall be permitted only when all the following conditions are fulfilled:
In order to protect the great majority of honest students from improper actions by a small minority who would otherwise be tempted to dishonesty, all examinations must be adequately proctored. A formal honor system under the supervision of an honor council is considered one form of adequate proctoring.
Revised: 11/7/57 (as Rule 0-3)
Special examinations for the removal of failures may be given only under extraordinary circumstances and then only on the written approval of the head of the department and the dean of the college in which the course is given, as well as the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled or the director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, if the student is enrolled in that division. Such examinations shall be graded no higher than D, and this, if attained, shall be the final grade for the course.
Examinations given for the purpose of granting credit under conditions stated in Section 42-50 or 42-84, procedure 1, must be based on the standards of work required of students enrolled in this University.
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