No: S-22

Date: November 19, 2009--Rev.(4)

Authority: UWM Laws and Regulations
                  Chapter 11.12 Revised



Examinations, Final


All courses shall have a final assessment (examination, project, paper, performance or other product or demonstration as appropriate to the course) as determined by the department or the responsible faculty body.  If it is determined that a final in-class examination will be given, the following will apply:


1.     Final examinations in full-term courses of two credits or more taught during the fall or spring semester shall be conducted during the final examination period approved for that term by the Faculty Senate as part of the academic calendar, and scheduled in detail by the Classroom Assignments unit of the Department of Enrollment Services (DES).


2.     There is no separate examination period established for summer session, UWinteriM or mini-term classes.  Final examinations in these courses shall be conducted on the last scheduled day of the class.


3.     Similarly, final examinations in one-credit courses in any term also may be conducted on the last scheduled meeting day of the class.


4.     Unless specifically noted at the time the course is listed in the Schedule of Classes, it shall be assumed that courses taught entirely on-line will not have in-person final examinations that only can be completed on campus.


5.     Regardless of the term, number of credits or class meeting length, no final examination may exceed two hours in length.


6.     In the event that the final examination for a particular class must be rescheduled, it should, if possible, be conducted during the “optional” examination time slot built into the final examination schedule.   Examinations cannot be given earlier than their normally scheduled time.  The time of a final examination for an individual or a class may be changed only with the prior approval of the dean or director.  Notice of any proposed change must be provided to both the Provost and DES Classroom Assignments (to prevent the possibility of room conflicts). (Faculty Document 214, March 28, 1963)


7.     If students have examination conflicts due to classes that have “combined” examinations, the instructor for the combined examination shall arrange for an alternate examination time for the student(s) affected. (Recommendation of Academic Policy Committee, April 1987)


8.     Instructors may schedule make-up examinations to accommodate individual student emergencies that can be documented.  The timing of such examinations should be established jointly between instructor and student, but generally should be no later than 30 days after the originally scheduled examination.


9.     At least one full “emergency make-up day” shall be included in the final examination schedule approved by the Faculty Senate.  In the event that an additional day(s) is required, the Provost shall have the responsibility for determining the rescheduling.  (Administration S-22, September 1992)


10.            In the event of a pandemic or other declared campus emergency that occurs close to or during final examinations, instructors will have the latitude to offer alternative options such as grading based on the work already completed for the class, take-home examinations, testing on D2L, etc.