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Final Exam Rules | ISC Policy

Rules Governing Final Exams

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 examinations are scheduled; when necessary, exceptions to this policy may be granted for postponed examinations (see 3 and 4 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 final exam is due on a day when two final examinations are scheduled, the take-home exam shall be postponed by one day.

3. Examinations that are postponed because of conflicts with other examinations, or because more than two examinations are scheduled in the same day, may be taken at another time during the final examinations period if the faculty member and student can agree on that time. Otherwise, they must be taken during the official period for postponed examinations.

4. Examinations that are postponed because of illness, a death in the family, or some other unusual event, may be taken only during the official periods: the first week of the spring and fall semesters. Students must obtain permission from their dean's office to take a postponed exam. Instructors in all courses must be willing to offer a make-up examination to all students who are excused from the final examination.

5. No instructor may change the time or date of a final exam without permission from the appropriate dean.

6. No instructor may increase the time allowed for a final exam beyond the scheduled two hours without permission from the appropriate dean.

7. No classes (excluding review sessions) may be held during the reading period.

8. All students must be allowed to see their final examination. Exams should be available as soon as possible after being graded with access ensured for a period of at least one regular semester after the exam has been given.

In all matters relating to final exams, students with questions should first consult with their dean's offices. Faculty wishing to seek exceptions to the rules also should consult with their dean's offices. Finally, the Council of Undergraduate Deans and SCUE urge instructors to see that all examinations are actively proctored.

--Robert Barchi, Provost



Policy on Troubleshooting Charges for PennNet

The Network Policy Committee, IT Roundtable, and the Vice President for ISC, wish to call attention to a recently approved computing policy, effective December 1, 2002. This policy specifies the conditions under which network users or their departments may be charged for troubleshooting and remedy of networking problems on PennNet, the University of Pennsylvania communications network. It also provides "best practice" recommendations to guide the network Local Support Provider (LSP) in preliminary troubleshooting steps in an effort to expedite problem resolution. Finally, the policy also provides links to several useful documents that can help in troubleshooting and in planning for compliant operation of networked devices.

The full policy text can be found online at

-- Information Systems and Computing


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 13, November 19, 2002