Final Examination Policy: Undergraduate

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The School subscribes to University guidelines for final examinations for undergraduate courses taught on campus ( and A final examination is required in all undergraduate courses unless an exception has been granted by the program director, associate dean for academic affairs and the provost.

The final examination schedule is prepared by the program director, approved by the Academic Affairs Council and posted to the school website prior to the start of the semester. This schedule sets the day, time and location for each examination. Requests for exceptions to this schedule must be submitted by faculty in writing within two weeks of the start of classes, approved by the program director and associate dean for academic affairs; and forwarded to the provost for approval. The petition for schedule change should contain the rationale for the request.

The final examination may be traditional or nontraditional. A traditional final examination is written, is administered at a predetermined time as specified in the final exam schedule; and takes place at a designated location.

The program director must approve the use nontraditional examinations, such as a portfolio of a semester’s work or a take home examination. Non-traditional examinations are due on the day and time assigned to the course on the final examination schedule. A petition by faculty for a nontraditional examination should be submitted within two weeks of the start of classes and provide details about the method of nontraditional assessment, the grading criteria to be employed, and the due date of the assignment. The program director will submit an annual summary of exceptiosn to the associate dean for academic affairs in the School. Exceptions must be renewed each time the course is offered.

All final grades are due within 72 hours of the final examination.