Exam Excuses

Information about exam conflicts due to a students' religious observance is available here.

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 Gail Cohee, Carol CohenChristopher DennisShannon O'NeillYolanda Rome or Dave Targan, 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; and 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. Students are responsible for checking their email for this communication, which is sent a few weeks before the new semester begins.

Aan excused absence from a final exam appears on the academic record as an ABS 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.


Gail Cohee
Director, Sarah Doyle Women's Center & Associate Dean of the College
Office of Student Life

Carol Cohen
Senior Associate Dean of the College
University Hall, 201

Christopher Dennis
Deputy Dean of the College
University Hall, 207

Shannon O'Neill
Associate Dean for Junior and Senior Class & Chemical Dependency 
University Hall, 201

Yolanda Rome
Associate Dean for First-year and 
Sophomore Studies
University Hall, 201

David Targan
Associate Dean of the College for Science Education