The dates of final exams are fixed by the Registrar so that students will not be scheduled to take multiple exams at the same hour. Unless a course does not have a scheduled final exam, students are required to sit for the exam at the designated time.
The Dean of the College office is solely responsible for determining whether a student's absence from a final examination is excused. Faculty wishing to grant a student an exam excuse may contact Deans Ann Gaylin, Kathleen McSharry, or Carol Cohen, the deans authorized to grant exam excuses. Please note that students' travel plans are never an excuse for missing a final exam. In emergency situations, students who are unable to contact their professors must contact one of the authorized deans. The dean will determine whether or not an exam excuse is warranted.
Acceptable reasons for authorizing a postponement of a final examination are 1) serious illness at the time the exam is being administered (i.e., illness sufficiently serious to warrant a visit to Health Services or other health professional); 2) grave family or personal emergency; 3) conflict of exam times as scheduled by the Registrar’s Office. Course instructors are notified of exam excuses granted by the Dean of the College office.
Make-up exams for approved exam excuses are administered by the Registrar in the second week of the subsequent fall or spring term. The Registrar’s Office informs students by email of the date, time, and location of make-up exams. (The student is responsible for checking his or her email for this communication, which will be sent a few weeks before the new semester begins.)
An ABS notation (an excused absence from a final exam) appears on the academic record next to the course for which an exam excuse has been approved. These courses count toward academic standing at the beginning of the subsequent term. If a make-up exam is not completed, or the student fails the course after taking the make-up exam, the ABS will change to an NC (no credit), and the student’s academic standing will be adjusted accordingly.