A message about final exams and the summary block

A message from Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning:

Although the semester is already underway, please plan ahead to ensure you will comply with existing faculty-designed policy governing the administration of final exams and the use of the summary period.

The following rules apply to all courses numbered 699 and below (except for undergraduate seminar courses, independent study, and directed study courses):

“The academic semester consists of an advising and a registration period, a regularly scheduled instructional period, and an eight-day summary period. The first day of the summary period is for individual study and review, and no classes or exams are to be scheduled then. The last seven days are prescheduled to include one two-hour summary block for each course of two or more credits. This two-hour block shall be used for an examination or for other instructional activities as deemed appropriate by the instructor and as approved by the instructional unit offering the course. Final examinations or other summary period activities cannot be scheduled during the two weeks preceding the summary period. Take-home final examinations are due at the scheduled two-hour block.”

You may not schedule exams for any time during the summary period other than the 2-hour summary block assigned to your course without prior approval of the dean. This includes the due date and time for take-home finals. Remember also, “where a student has more than two summary blocks scheduled within a period of 24 hours, the instructor may, within guidelines adopted by the college or school faculty, reschedule a final exam to avoid hardship.” You can view the full text of the relevant legislation. Check the link at:

For professional degree programs that may have unique semester and/or exam period schedules, the spirit of these rules should still be followed, including avoiding final exams or other summary activities during study periods.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a great semester.

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