Midterm and Final Exams

Midterm Examinations

Midterms are scheduled at the discretion of instructors on various dates throughout the fall and spring semesters. There is no GS policy on make-up exams for missed midterms, and faculty members are not required to provide them. A student who misses a midterm exam due to illness or family emergency should notify both the instructor and the Postbac Premed advisor. Usually it is the student's responsibility to discuss with the instructor whether a make-up exam is possible. Make-ups for midterms are usually administered by the faculty member or the department. No make-ups for midterm exams may be administered after the semester has ended.

Midterm Exams and Religious Holidays

Students should review the syllabus for each of their courses at the beginning of each term to determine if personal religious holiday observances will conflict with the schedule of midterms. Students should notify their instructors in advance of any potential conflicts so that an alternative exam date may be scheduled.

If a suitable arrangement cannot be worked out between the student and the instructor, they should consult the appropriate dean or director of undergraduate studies. It is the policy of the University to respect its members’ religious beliefs.

Final Examinations

Final examinations are given at the end of each term. The Master Exam Schedule can be found on the Registrar website. This provides a tentative guide to final examinations; the definitive schedule is usually posted by November 1 for the fall term and by April 1 for the spring term. Students are expected to be present for the exam period and should plan their schedules to accommodate the set exam times. Examinations will not be rescheduled to accommodate travel, work, or family plans.

Three or More Final Exams Scheduled for the Same Day

If a student has three examinations scheduled during one calendar day, as certified by the Registrar, an arrangement may be made with one of the student's instructors to take that examination at another mutually convenient time during the final examination period. It is the student's responsibility to get the appropriate documentation from the Registrar's Office in a timely manner and to negotiate an alternate exam time with instructors. Postbac Premed advisors can be helpful to students negotiating such arrangements.

Deferred Final Examinations

In cases of incapacitating illness or family emergencies, the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) will consider petitions for a deferred exam. If a student needs to take an exam after the end of the semester, a deferred exam can be granted only by the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Committee on Academic Standing, not by the instructor of the course. When an incapacitating illness prevents a student from sitting for a final exam, the student should contact the Postbac Premed advisor on the day of the exam, and, within three days, provide documentation of the illness by University Health Services or a personal physician. Similarly, when a family emergency prevents a student from sitting for a final exam, the student should immediately contact the Postbac Premed advisor, who will review the situation and options with the student. The student’s Postbac Premed advisor will notify the instructor of the student’s absence from the exam. Deferred exams cannot be considered without appropriate documentation, which students must provide to their Postbac Premed advisors.

Deferred exams approved by the Committee on Academic Standing are scheduled on two fixed dates for the spring and fall terms as specified by the Office of the Dean of Students (see the Postbac Calendar); make-up exams cannot be deferred beyond these specified dates. There are no additional make-up opportunities. Students who miss deferred examinations will receive a grade of zero for that examination (see Incomplete Work in a Course). Postbac Premed students registered for Summer Term classes must abide by this same policy and process for exams missed during the summer; however, students should note that make-up exams for summer courses are administered through the School for Professional Studies.

Examinations for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services to avail themselves of approved accommodations and other important services. Students with disabilities are expected to take exams with or at the same time as the rest of the class, even though they may be eligible for special accommodations. Each term the Office of Disability Services requests that students provide them with complete and advance information about their examination schedule so that appropriate accommodations can be made if disability-related modifications are needed. Students are responsible for making these requests to the Office of Disability Services in a timely fashion.