From the Deputy Provost:

Rules Governing Final Exams

The Council of Undergraduate Deans has approved amendments to the rules governing final exams in order to accommodate the use of take-home exams. The new policies are as follows (changes are noted in Italics):

  1. No instructor may hold a final examination nor require the submission of a take-home final exam except during the period in which final exams are scheduled. When necessary, exceptions to this policy may be granted for postponed examinations (see #2 below). No final examinations may be scheduled during the last week of classes or on reading days.
  2. No student may be required to take more than two final examinations on any calendar day during the period in which final examinations are scheduled. If more than two are scheduled, the student may postpone the middle exam. If a take-home exam is due on a day when two final examinations are scheduled, the due date of the exam shall be postponed by one day.

--Peter Conn, Deputy Provost

New Calendar for Fall 2000

The Council of Undergraduate Deans has approved a new academic calendar for the Fall 2000 semester. The revised calendar allows incoming students to move in earlier and provides them with an extended New Student Orientation. Classes will begin on the Thursday after Labor Day, rather than Wednesday as has been true in the recent past. Also, Fall Break will include only one weekday (a Friday). The semester will contain the same number of class days (65) as in previous years. Reading days and the final exam period will not be affected.

Changes in the schedule are as follows:

 Move-In for New Students:  Thursday, August 31, 2000
 First day of class:  Thursday, September 7, 2000
 Fall Break:  Friday-Sunday, October 13-15, 2000

A revised three-year academic calendar incorporating these changes will be forthcoming shortly.

--Peter Conn, Deputy Provost

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 22, February 22, 2000