CAS Finals Policy


This policy seeks to promote effective preparation for the submission/administration of final graded work for a class (examination, paper, project, etc.) and optimal conditions for the synthesis and assimilation of course materials by designating and safeguarding specific days at the end of the semester to be devoted exclusively to study. This policy further seeks to assure that the full semester is available to complete course work by reaffirming that a semester does not end until the last day of final examinations. To enhance student learning and performance and to provide an environment for the fair and positive conclusion of work undertaken in all classes, the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences agrees to adhere rigorously to it.


The maximum length of a final in-class assessment is three hours. Faculty members may schedule shorter in-class assessment if they wish.

Faculty members are to give their final in-class assessment during the times indicated in the published schedule. Students are permitted to complete early assessments by obtaining the instructor's approval. The last final graded assessment for a course is to be administered or due on the day scheduled for the course final examination. No evaluative instrument other than presentations for a course, including an oral examination or paper, is to be administered or due during the four calendar days prior to the beginning of final examinations, or at any other time other than the final exam period designated for the class. Final oral classroom presentations may extend into those four days but only during the regularly scheduled class times. Finally, only one final graded assessment is to be administered or due on the scheduled day of the final examination. No graded assessment may be administered and/or due after the
scheduled final examination time.

Unless approved by CAS, no classes or formal class activities are to be held during the Study Days that intervene between the end of classes and the beginning of final examinations or the Study Days that are scheduled during the week of final examinations. Faculty members are to be reasonably available for consultation with students during these times.

Final in-class assessments for first half-semester courses are to be administered during the last regular class period or during a time outside of class agreed upon by the students and faculty member involved, within one week of the last regular class period. Final in-class assessments for second half-semester courses are to be administered during the scheduled final examination time for that class period as in full-semester courses.

Faculty members are to make separate arrangements with each student to administer final in-class assessments in courses not covered in the published schedule.

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