The required work for each course, including examinations, papers, written and oral reports, projects, and participation in classroom discussions, is prescribed solely by the instructor and by the department/program. Many courses include a midterm and a final examination. The midterm is usually scheduled during a regular class period designated by the instructor. All work must be completed within the term unless the student has been granted the mark of INC (see Grades).
Final examinations are scheduled by the Registrar in accordance with the University-wide schedule of final examinations. All final examinations will be held during the official University examination period. Final examinations are scheduled in all courses except certain conversation, composition, laboratory, research and seminar courses; however, it is the prerogative of the instructors of such courses to request that a final examination be scheduled if he or she wishes. Final examinations will be two, three, or four consecutive hours in length depending on the point value of the course, the nature of its material, and the requirements of the instructor and the department or program.
The schedule for final examinations may be found online at on the University Registrar's Web site. Approximately two weeks before the examination period, a second final examination schedule is issued, showing the room assignment for each examination. This second schedule is also available online.
The student is responsible for determining his/her individual examination schedule and for being in the examination room promptly at the scheduled hour; unauthorized absence or tardiness at a final examination will automatically result in a failing grade.
Final examinations in the American Language Program, including 21003, College Composition for International Students, are not scheduled by the Registrar but are scheduled during class time at the discretion of the instructor.