Students’ Guide to Final Exams
For courses with a final exam, the professor has chosen to offer either a self-scheduled exam or a fixed (scheduled) exam. A fixed exam is given at a specific time and place for the entire class at the same time. A self‐scheduled exam is one that each member of the class takes at a time of the student’s choosing within the exam period.
The Honor Code applies, regardless of the type of exam.
Students must always do their own work, using only those materials allowed by the professor, and taking only the designated amount of time.
Students with disabilities and in need of extended time or other accommodations must have their arrangements pre-approved by Jim Wice, Disability Services. These students will report to an exam center in Founders Hall. Details will be provided to these students individually in advance by the Disabilities Services Office.
Fixed exams are scheduled within one of the exam sessions in the five day exam period. Students will know in advance from their professor regarding the time and place for the exam.
The professor will specify whether any materials can be used during the exam. Students should be at the specified room in advance of the start time. The professor or a colleague will administer and then collect the exams at the end of the time period.
If a student has three fixed exams scheduled in a 24‐hour period, the student may arrange with a professor to reschedule one exam to a different day and time slot. Professors are required to honor these requests, as long as there is no element of the exam that requires it to be administered to the entire group at once (for example, slides need to be shown or there is an oral component). Other emergency requests for taking a fixed exam at a time other than the scheduled time are at the professor’s discretion. If granted, the exam must be administered within the final exam period and may not conflict with any other scheduled exam.
Self-scheduled exams may be taken during any of the available exam periods scheduled throughout the five-day long exam period. Students are free to pick the day and time they wish to take any given self-scheduled exam.
The Science Center serves as the Exam Center. Students need to report to the Science Center Library to pick up any self-scheduled exam. Distribution of exams will begin at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
Students should arrive at the examination distribution knowing their course and section number of the exam they wish to pick up. Students should bring their OneCards, as those will be used to check exams out and back in.
Students will receive an envelope labeled with their name and course. On the envelope it will be noted if blue books are required and/or calculators are allowed, if the exam is an Open-Book or Closed-Book exam, as well as the rooms in which the exam can be taken.
NOTE: Open-Book exams and Closed-Book exams must be taken in separate, designated rooms.
In most cases, the envelope will contain the exam but no blue books or scrap paper. If the envelope indicates "Blue Books Needed", students should be sure to pick up blue books before leaving the exam center. Please return any unused blue books to the exam center when you have finished your exam.
Once in the room, the student is free to begin taking the exam. There is no proctor in the room during the exam.
Students are responsible for watching their time and taking no more than 2 ½ hours for the exam. When they finish, they should put the exam and any blue book(s) back in the envelope, seal and sign it, and then proceed back to the exam center to return and check-in the packet.
When an exam is checked-in, the return time is noted. Regardless of when you begin an exam, all students must stop their work at the end of the specified exam period.