Final Exam Excuse
The final exam schedule is available no later than the beginning of each term on the Office of the University Registrar’s Academic Calendar. Faculty may not alter the date or time of a final exam without permission of the Provost. For additional information regarding the final examination policy, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.
Final Exam Excuses
Certain circumstances warrant the rescheduling of a final exam. We recommend that you contact Academic Advising as soon as possible by coming to drop-in hours. You may need to see a dean as well as provide documentation for some excuses.
Exam excuses are commonly granted in the following circumstances.
- Three exams that start within a 24-hour period
- Two exams offered at the same time
- An exam scheduled on a day of religious observance
- A student with a serious illness
- A student with a personal or family emergency
Three Exams in 24 Hours or Two Exams at the Same Time
In the case of a scheduling issue such as three exams that start within a 24-hour period or two exams at the same time, students may submit an online request or see an advisor about obtaining an exam excuse during drop-in hours (after the eighth week of class in fall and spring terms or the third day of class in summer terms). Advisors can discuss, clarify policy, and issue excuses if warranted.
Students may be excused for a final exam for religious observances required by their faith. Students are advised to see an academic dean in these circumstances.
Students who are seriously ill during the time of their final exams should consult Campus Health Services (CHS) or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) about having their names entered on the Examination Excuse List. Students on this list may obtain an official exam excuse from a dean or from the Office of the University Registrar.
If students are treated at CHS or CAPS but do not appear on the Examination Excuse List, or they are not treated at CHS or CAPS, they should see a dean as soon as possible. Documentation should be provided.