The scheduling of all final exams is the responsibility of the Registrar's Office.
The Provost has established the following rules governing the scheduling
of final examinations:
- 1. No instructor may hold a final examination nor require the submission of a take-home 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 & 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 examination 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, for religious observance, 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
- 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. As of Fall 2005, the first examination of the day begins at 9 am and the last examination concludes by 8 pm. There will be one hour between exam time blocks.
- 9. 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. To help protect student privacy, a student should have access only to his or her own exam and not the exams of other students. Therefore, for example, it is NOT permissible to leave student exams (or grades or papers) in publicly accessible areas.
- 10. Students may not be asked for their Social Security numbers. Instructors may not publicly display a studentís 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 privacy.
- 11. Final Exams for College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) courses must be given on the regular class meeting night during the week of final examinations. No change in scheduling is permitted without unanimous consent of all students in the class and the director of LPS. A LPS final exam may not be administered during the last week of class or on a reading day,
- 12. In all matters relating to final exams, students with questions should first consult with their Deanís offices. Faculty wishing to see exceptions to the rules also should consult with their Deanís offices. Finally, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and SCUE urge instructors to see that all examinations are actively proctored.
The Registrar's Office maintains a roster of each course's final exam
days. The exam days are rotated each term to ensure that the same
subject areas are not scheduled for final exams on the same day each
term. A course should not be scheduled for its final exam on the same
day as the previous term.
The following describes the process for scheduling final exams:
- For both Fall and Spring Terms, the Registrar's Office
distributes to departments a final exam listing of all their
- The departments indicate on the list whether a final
exam is to be held or not and any building or room preferences. The
lists are then returned to the Registrar's Office.
- The Registrar's Office tentatively schedules the final
- A second final exam listing is distributed to the
departments for review and comment.
- The departments mark the scheduled rooms and times
either as "OK" or request changes. The lists are then returned to the
Registrar's Office. All changes are made by the Registrar's
- The final exam schedule is published in the Daily
Pennsylvanian on the last day of classes. Postponed exam dates for the
following term are also published. The final exam schedule is available
on the World Wide Web.
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