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Final Exams FAQ

Are instructors required to give final exams?

Can my instructors change the time and day of my final exams from what appears in the University Final Exam Schedule?

If my instructors don't schedule final exams, can they require me to submit final course assignments or take-home exams at the beginning of finals week?

Are my instructors required to meet with their classes during scheduled final exam sessions if they don't give final exams?

I have three final exams scheduled on the same day. Can I reschedule one of them?

One of my final exams is called a "common" final (one exam time for a multi-section course). The time conflicts with the scheduled final exam for another class. Can I reschedule one of these exams?

Can I get an excused absence for missing a final exam because of illness or a catastrophic event?

Where can I find the University Final Exam Policy?

Are instructors required to give final exams?

No.

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Can my instructors change the time and day of my final exams from what appears in the University Final Exam Schedule?

Yes, but only with the permission of the Office of the Registrar and based on a recommendation by the assistant/associate dean of the college offering the course.. 

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If my instructors don't schedule final exams, can they require me to submit final course assignments or take-home exams at the beginning of finals week?

No. The deadline can be no sooner than the date and hour of the scheduled final exam session for each course.

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Are my instructors required to meet with their classes during scheduled final exam sessions if they don't give final exams?

Not necessarily.  They're required to be accessible to students during finals week.

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I have three final exams scheduled on the same day. Can I reschedule one of them?

Yes.  Report to the Academic Student Affairs Office of the college in which you are majoring (or the University Undergraduate Division advising office) and ask for assistance for rearranging one (and only one) of those final exams. Be prepared to verify that you have three exams on the same day.

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One of my final exams is called a "common" final (one exam time for a multi-section course). The time conflicts with the scheduled final exam for another class. Can I reschedule one of these exams?

Yes, but priority goes to the course without a common final exam. The department/school offering the course with the common final must arrange for a make-up exam for you. 

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Can I get an excused absence for missing a final exam because of illness or a catastrophic event?

Yes and No.  It all depends on what happened to you and when you reported it. The University Final Exam Policy says if you miss a final exam because of a circumstance you have no control over, you must immediately contact the assistant dean (either for undergraduate or graduate education) in the college in which you are a major (or UUD). Again, be prepared to present evidence to support your excuse. Each excuse will be evaluated on its merit.

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Where can I find the University Final Exam Policy?

Here's the University Final Exam Policy.

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