44-10 General Examination Policy
44-20 Final Examination Policy
44-25 Conflict Final Examinations
44-30 Non-Final Examinations
44-35 Conflict of Non-Final Examinations
44-40 Proctoring of Examinations
44-45 Examinations for Failure Elimination
44-50 Examinations for Awarding Credit by Examination
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
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
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:
- Determine a method of providing for meaningful integration of course
topics and evaluation of student performance.
- Offer a full schedule of instruction (e.g., fifteen weeks in a
- Schedule no examinations during the last week of classes. (Quizzes
and narrowly limited tests in support of classroom instruction worth no more than ten percent of the semester grade may be
given during the last week of classes.)
- Schedule any end-of-semester examinations worth more than ten percent of the course grade during the final
examination period. Examinations will be scheduled in this period by the
University registrar at University Park or the academic affairs officer
at other locations (or their designee) based on the notices filed under Section 44-10.
(Conflict final examinations are covered under Section 44-25.)
- Where end-of-semester examinations are not
administered, require the submission of any alternative integrative and
evaluational means worth more than ten percent of the course grade (e.g., term paper, final project report, take-home
examinations, or studio projects) no earlier than the first day of the
final examination period.
- A study day period shall be scheduled by the University registrar at University Park or the academic affairs officer at other locations (or their designee). For full-semester courses held during the 15 week Fall and Spring semesters, the current standard practice of having two study days (the Saturday and Sunday before finals week) will continue to be required. For courses offered in other instructional periods which are less than a full 15 week semester (such as Summer sessions, Maymester, half-semester courses, etc.) there shall be at least one study day scheduled, after the last day of formal instruction and before the final exam.
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.
- Direct Conflict. A direct final examination conflict occurs when two
or more final examinations are scheduled at the same time. A student in
this situation is required to file a conflict examination request. A
conflict examination will then be scheduled at a different time.
- Overload Conflict. An overload conflict is defined as three or more
final examinations scheduled on any one calendar day or in three consecutive
examination periods. A student in this situation may either file a conflict
examination request, in which case a conflict examination will be
scheduled on a different day, or elect to take the examinations as
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:
- Consent of the dean of the college in which the course is taught is
- Not more than four such examinations are scheduled in any one
semester in any course.
- The evening examinations are scheduled in advance with the University
registrar at University Park or the academic affairs officer at other
locations and announced to the students during the first week of the
Initial Legislation: 4/18/89
- Evening Conflict. In the case of conflict between an evening
examination or quiz and other scheduled University approved activities,
or in the case of more than one evening examination in any one evening,
each student is permitted to make up the examination without penalty.
- Non-Evening Conflict. In the case of conflict between a non-evening
examination or previously announced quiz and participating in scheduled
University-approved activities, the student is permitted to make up the
examination or quiz without penalty. (University-approved activities are
covered under Section 42-27.)
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
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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