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Checklist for Undergraduate Subjects
Please check your subjects against this list. You should review the Faculty's complete term regulations and examination policies.
At the first class:
|The instructor should reiterate the prerequisites and co-requisites and describe acceptable substitutions. A student who does not have the stated prerequisites should obtain the permission of the instructor.|
By the end of the first week of the term, the instructor should provide:
|A clear and concise 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 exam.|
|The grading criteria and procedures to be used.|
|Written expectations regarding conduct, particularly expectations about the nature and extent of any collaboration or assistance from old materials that is permitted.|
By the end of the third week of the term, the instructor should provide:
|The precise schedule of tests and major assignments.|
No academic exercises are scheduled:
|Monday - Thursday from 5pm - 7pm and Friday from 5pm - Monday at 8am|
|After the last scheduled class period of the subject|
If there are tests or required academic exercises scheduled outside of class times:
|No test or required academic exercise should be scheduled on a Monday night.|
|The test should be scheduled through the Schedules Office.|
|The test should begin no earlier than 7:30pm.|
|The test should not exceed two hours in length.|
|During the calendar week that a test is scheduled, a class should be canceled or no homework should be assigned.|
|A student who has a scheduled academic or extra-curricular activity that conflicts with the test should be given the test at an alternate time.|
After Friday, December 9:
|No test should be given unless scheduled, through the Schedules Office, for the final exam period (this includes unit tests, which can be scheduled during the final exam period).|
|No assignment should fall due if there is testing during the final exam period.|
|If there is no testing during the final exam period, at most one assignment should fall due between Friday, December 9 and the end of the last regularly scheduled class. This single assignment may include an oral and a written report if the two derive from the same project.|
|Optional assignments due between Friday, December 9 and the last scheduled class period should be for self-study and should not be used toward part of the grade.|
Exceptions to the term regulations and examinations policies must be approved by the Chair of the Faculty. Asking students to vote on some deviation from the rules is not permissible. Instructors should contact exam-termregs[at]mit[dot]edu with questions of interpretation or requests for exceptions to the regulations. Exceptions to the regulations will be granted for no more than five years.
Students are encouraged to discuss questions regarding individual subjects and the term regulations with the instructor as early in the term as possible. Students can also address questions or report violations to exam-termregs[at]mit.edu. It is Institute policy that individuals will not be reprimanded or discriminated against for initiating an inquiry or complaint, see Policies and Procedures, Section 9.6.
Students may contact the Undergraduate Association's Committee on Education for advice and support.