Final exam information

Spring 2021 final exam details

Final exams for spring 2021 will take place Thursday, May 6 - Wednesday, May, 12, 2021 with Study Days on Tuesday, May 4, Wednesday, May 5, and Sunday, May 9. All rules set forth in the Final Exam Regulations apply to all online and in-person final exams. 

  • All Remote Instruction (online synchronous) and Online Classes (online asynchronous) final exams will be conducted online. 
  • All In-Person Classes and Blended Classes final exams will default to being conducted online due to space constraints created by physical distancing in classrooms. However, classes scheduled as In-Person or Blended may choose to request an exception to allow for their final exam to be held in-person using the Final Exam Change Request Form. 

The Final Exam Change Request form must be submitted for all changes to final exam date, time and location, including in-person exam requests. Form deadline for spring 2021 is March 15, 2021

Guidelines for all online final exams are as follows:

  •  All synchronous classes holding synchronous online exams will follow the published Standard Final Exam Schedule.
  • All synchronous classes holding asynchronous online exams should ensure the due date for their exam is not earlier than the published Standard Final Exam Schedule day/time.
  • All asynchronous classes holding synchronous online exams should take their final exam on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
  • All asynchronous classes holding asynchronous online exams should ensure the due date for their exam is no later than Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

Final exam regulations

Scheduling conflicts
If students have exam conflicts or three (or more) final exams within one calendar day, they may request adjustment with their college office and instructors. Such a request must be presented at least two weeks before the exam period begins. To make up the exam, students must obtain the instructor's permission.

Exam regulations
Instructors may not vary from the University final exam schedule except by concurrence of the dean of the college and the director of scheduling. This prohibition also precludes moving a final exam from a scheduled time to study day or to the last or earlier meetings of the class, except laboratory final exams which cannot be held in accordance with the regular final exam schedule.

Final exam change requests
To request a change to final exam hours, departments must submit Final Exam Change Request form. Doing so will ensure orderly consideration of student hardships. Additional common exams may be requested on the form, including room requests. Please be aware of the following:

  • Instructors who request any variation from the official final exam schedule must agree to give a special make-up exam to any students who (1) have overlapping final exam conflicts, or (2) have three (or more) exams in one calendar day.
  • Arranged exams and authorized variations in published hours shall conform with the hour-periods shown in the exam schedules.
  • Each college shall assume responsibility for making arrangements to spread out exams for students who have three (or more) exams scheduled in one calendar day.
  • Three hour exams will be scheduled on the half-day that the corresponding two-hour exams would have been given.
    • Exams are scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Submit a Final Exam Change Request to schedule a 3-hour exam if the course is not listed below.
    • The following courses have been approved for a three-hour final exam:
      • AEM 2011, 2012, 2021, 3031
      • Math 1001, 1031, 1051, 1142, 1151, 1155, 1271, 1272, 1371, 1372, 1571H, 2243, 2263, 2373, 2573H, 2374, 3592H, 3593H
      • Physics: all courses
      • PubH 3001, 3003, 3004

Extracurricular events
University Senate policy decrees that no extracurricular events which require the participation of students may be scheduled from the beginning of study day to the end of finals week. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy. The Senate advises all faculty members that students who are unable to complete course requirements during finals week shall be provided an alternative and timely opportunity to do so.