Final Exams

For the most current information, please view the Academic Regulations in our Academic Catalog.

Each class is scheduled for a two-hour meeting during the final exam period. Courses not scheduled for an exam period are those classified as workshop, practice teaching, individual study, and those offered for zero credit. However, any such course is included in the schedule by specific request of the appropriate schedule deputy.

Final exam week consists of six scheduled days in regular semesters, which comprise the 16th week of the semester. Two-hour class meetings during the final period will be scheduled on the advice of the Scheduling Planner & Analyst.

Scheduling of final exams during the summer session is scaled appropriately to meet demands. They are scheduled in 18 two-hour periods on the last days of the regular eight-week summer session. For four-week sessions, final exams are given on the last day of class.

Final Exam Scheduling Guidelines

The guiding principles of final exam scheduling include:

  1. Minimize the number of direct student exam conflicts.
  2. Minimize the number of students who have more than two exams on the same day.
  3. Minimize the number of students who have consecutive (back-to-back) exams. No student shall be required to take more than two exams on the same day.
  4. In the case of exam conflicts or more than two exams on one day, the affected student, after consultation with the instructors involved, may elect which of the exams are to be taken at the scheduled time(s). Saturday of the exam period may be used for conflict resolutions.

The University Senate urges faculty members to avoid, whenever feasible, exams during the week preceding the final exam period. No exam should be given during that week which would require more than normal daily class preparation. Comprehensive final exams (laboratory and intensive course exams excluded) are prohibited except during the regular final exam period.

Final exam schedules are posted online one month after the beginning of each semester, on the Registrar webpage.

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