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Examinations

Midterms

In undergraduate courses for which a midterm examination is required, each student has the right to take the midterm (or submit the take-home examination as opted by the instructor) during one of the regularly scheduled meetings of the class. The scheduling of a midterm examination at a time other than a regularly scheduled class meeting requires mutual written consent of the instructor and each student registered in the course. A student who does not consent in writing to the different time must be permitted to take the examina-tion (or submit the take-home examination) at the officially scheduled time. A student who consents in writing to the change of exami-nation time waives the right to take the midterm at the officially scheduled time.

Final Examinations

Scheduling. The quarterly final examinations schedule is listed at http://registrar.ucdavis.edu/registration/schedule/finals.cfm. Exams are set according to the day-and-start time of the classes offered during the quarter. This information is available so that you can avoid final examination conflicts. A student who has multiple exams on the same day may discuss the situation with the instructors of the courses. Students are responsible for ensuring they do not have conflicting exams. There is no regulation mandating a change.

Requirements. Except under certain specified circumstances, Academic Senate Regulations require that final examinations be given in all undergraduate courses. Final examinations may be given in graduate courses. Exceptions to the regulation would be independent study courses, courses that consist of laboratory work only and courses in which the examination has been waived by the Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction.

At the instructor's option, the final examination in any course other than an on-line course may be wholly or in part of the take-home type. All examinations for on-line courses must be proctored to ensure that the person taking the examination is the student receiving credit. The writing time (in undergraduate courses) of a take-home and an in-class final examination together should not exceed three hours. In each course in which a final examination is required, the students have the right to take the final
examination (and/or submit the take-home examination) at the time published in the quarterly final examinations schedule at http://registrar.ucdavis.edu/registration/schedule/finals.cfm .

An instructor may release each student's original examination, or a copy, at any time. Otherwise, the instructor will keep the exams, or copies thereof, until the end of the next quarter and students may pick up their exams during this period.

For on-line courses, the instructor of each on-line class will be provided the option to have the final in the last time slot on the last day of finals or at a time on dead day. Students shall be notified of the time and place of the final on or before the first day of instruction.

Changing a Final Examination Date. An in-class final examination may not be rescheduled for a date earlier than the first day of finals week. The due date for a take-home final examination may not be rescheduled for a date earlier than the first day of finals week. The scheduling of an examination at a time other than the specified time requires the written mutual consent of the instructor and each student involved in the change. Any student who does not consent in writing to a different time will be permitted to take an examination (or submit the instructor-opted take-home examination) at the officially scheduled time. A student who consents in writing to a change in the final examination time waives the right to take the examination as originally scheduled. Departures from the published examination schedule should be carried out so as not to disadvantage students who are unable to accept the changed schedule.

A student who is improperly denied the right to take a required final examination on the published date (or submit the take-home examination as opted by the instructor) may file a petition with the Executive Council of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate by the end of the next regular term for appropriate action.

Disabilities. Students with documented disabilities may be entitled to in-class accommodations. The student shall provide the instructor with a letter from the Student Disability Center (SDC) recommending those academic accommodations that the instructor is responsible for providing. Students must request accommodation as soon as possible, to allow the university reasonable time to evaluate the request and offer necessary adjustments. No accommodations shall alter the nature of the academic demands made of the student nor decrease the standards and types of academic performance, nor require facilities or personnel that cannot reasonably be provided. SDC coordinates with the Office of the University Registrar to reserve a classroom for examinations for students with documented disabilities during finals week. The instructor should consult with the student and SDC on any questions or concerns.

Religious observances. UC Davis seeks to accommodate any student who, in observance of a religious creed, encounters an unavoidable conflict with a test or examination schedule. The student is responsible for providing, in writing no later than the beginning of the quarter, notification of a potential conflict to the individual responsible for administering the examination and requesting accommodation. Instructors will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis and determine whether such conflicts can be resolved without imposing on the instructor or the other students in the class an undue hardship, which cannot be reasonably avoided. If so, the instructor will determine, in consultation with the student, a time during which the student can take the test or examination without incurring a penalty or violation to the student's religious creed.

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Updated: July 11, 2014 9:42 AM