2.50 Assignments and Examinations

Revised to 10/08

2.51

These regulations apply to academic exercises during the fall and spring terms including the Reading Periods and final examination periods as defined in Section 2.11. Questions of interpretation and requests for exceptions to regulations shall be referred to the Chair of the Faculty, who will direct them to the appropriate committees. Exceptions to regulations shall be granted for no more than five years.

2.52

The regulations in this section apply to all subjects, undergraduate and graduate.

Final examinations shall be held during the final examination period following each term, and shall be scheduled through the Schedules Office. The final examination scheduled in any subject shall last at least one hour and not more than three hours. Final examinations may not be cancelled once they are announced, and after the final examination schedule is published by the Schedules Office, the time of the final examination may not be changed.

No assignment, term paper, or oral presentation in any subject shall fall due after the last scheduled class period of that subject.

The Dean for Undergraduate Education in the case of an undergraduate student, or the Dean for Graduate Education in the case of a graduate student, may excuse a student from a scheduled final examination for reasons of illness or significant personal problems. (See the grade of OX, Section 2.62.3.) The Faculty member in charge of a subject may excuse a student from a final examination for such reasons as conflicts either between examinations or with religious holidays, if a mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached between the student and the Faculty member, if the agreement is ratified in advance of the examination by the head of the department in which the subject is offered, and if the Faculty member is prepared to submit a grade based on other evidence.

2.53

The regulations in this section apply to undergraduate subjects only.

The faculty member must provide to students, by the end of the first week of classes, a clear and complete description of the required work, including the number and kinds of assignments, the approximate schedule of tests and due dates for major projects, whether or not there will be a final examination, and the grading criteria and procedures to be used. The precise schedule of tests and major assignments must be provided by the end of the third week.

The length of tests held outside scheduled class times shall not exceed two hours. Such tests must be scheduled through the Schedules Office. They may begin no earlier than 7:30 P.M. and may not be held on Monday evenings. A student who is unable to take the test owing to a conflict with a scheduled academic exercise or extracurricular activity shall be allowed to do so at another time.

When a test is held outside scheduled class time, a regularly scheduled class hour (lecture or recitation) shall be cancelled, or no assignment shall fall due that calendar week.

Ex camera final examinations may be held with the permission of the Chair of the Faculty. Permissions for ex camera final examinations shall be granted for no more than five years. The following restrictions apply: the ex camera examination shall be offered over the course of a single afternoon, starting at 1:30 P.M. and ending no later than at 7:30 P.M., and students shall be permitted unrestricted use of resources. There shall be no tests after the Friday preceding the start of the Reading Period, to be called the Last Test Date. For each subject in which there is testing during the final examination period, no assignment may fall due after the Last Test Date. For each subject in which there is no testing during the final examination period, at most one assignment may fall due between the Last Test Date and the end of the last scheduled class period in the subject. Optional assignments during the last week shall be for self-study, and may not be used toward part of the grade in a subject, even for extra points or as substitutes for earlier assignments.

2.54

The regulations in this section apply to graduate subjects only.

The faculty member must provide, by the end of the third week, a clear and complete description of the required work, including the number and kinds of assignments, the schedule for tests and due dates for major projects, whether or not there will be a final examination, and the grading criteria and procedures to be used.

When a student is unable to take a test that is held outside of the scheduled class time owing to a conflict with another scheduled academic exercise or extracurricular activity, the student shall be allowed to take the test at another time.

For each subject with a final examination, no test shall be given and no assignment, term paper, or oral presentation shall fall due after the Friday preceding the start of the Reading Period. For each subject without a final examination, at most, either one in-class test may be given, or one assignment, term paper, or oral presentation may fall due, between the Friday preceding the start of the Reading Period and the end of the last regularly scheduled class in the subject. An in-class test given during this period is limited to one normal class period (or to one and one-half hours, whichever is shorter).