University of Vermont

Official 2009-2010 Catalogue Site

2009-10 Online Catalogue

Academic Policies and General Information


Hour Tests

  • One or more hour tests are usually given during a semester in each course. These are scheduled by the faculty member within the class periods assigned for the class.
  • In a course which has several sections meeting at different hours, a common test for all sections may be given only by arrangement with Conference and Event Services.
  • Attendance at hour tests scheduled outside the normal meeting time of the class shall not have precedence over attendance at other scheduled activities or other important commitments of the students concerned. Faculty members must be prepared to give a make-up test for those unable to be present at the time set.
  • University academic responsibilities have priority over other campus events. Attendance at (1) regularly scheduled classes have priority over specially scheduled common hour examinations, (2) common hour examinations have priority over attendance at other activities.

Final Exams

  • Final in-class exams for all courses, including Graduate and Continuing Education courses, will be held during the examination period established by the university calendar. Classes in the College of Medicine and in the summer session are not affected by these regulations.
  • No examination (regular or final) shall be given during the last week (the last five instructional days) of the semester except lab exams given in courses with specific lab sections.
  • For courses scheduled in the evening, every effort will be made to schedule the exam on the evening of the regular meeting, even if that day is a designated reading day.
  • In-class final exams will be no more than three hours in length. However, lab exams in courses with specific lab components may be longer than three hours.
  • The time and place of each final examination are determined by the Registrar under the direction of the Faculty Senate and a schedule is circulated and posted. Any change in the scheduled time or place may be requested by the chairperson of the department concerned when conditions seem to warrant such special arrangement. Decision on such requests rests with the Registrar.
  • In every course in which a final examination is given, every student shall take the examination unless excused in writing by the instructor.
  • Students having a conflict in their final examination schedule must notify the faculty concerned of such a conflict not later than the close of business one week prior to the last day of classes for the semester in which the conflict arises.
  • Students who are absent from a final examination for any reason must report that fact and the reason, in writing, to their instructor within 24 hours. If the absence is due to any situation beyond the reasonable control of the student (e.g. illness or family tragedy), the instructor must provide the student with the opportunity to complete the course requirements. At the instructor's discretion, this may be an examination or some other suitable project. The instructor may require evidence in support of the student’s reason for absence.
  • If the absence is not reported as provided above, or is not excused by the instructor, the examination is regarded as failed.
  • No student shall be required to take three or more final examinations in one 24-hour period.
  • If a student has three or more finals in a 24-hour period, then unless a mutually agreeable alternative time can be reached by the student and one instructor, the make-up will be scheduled the next day after the regularly-scheduled examination. These considerations are subject to the constraints that all exams will be given in the final exam period and all conflicts must be resolved before the start of the final exam period.
    Students will select which of the three examinations they wish to take at an alternative time. In cases where the instructors in all three sections feel it is impossible to give the examination at an alternative time, and all conflicts are in the same academic unit, the appropriate dean's office, in consultation with the faculty involved, will establish which of the three examinations will be taken as a make-up. If the unresolved conflict involves more than one college, the deans of the units in question will resolve the matter. If the deans involved cannot reach agreement, then a person from the Provost's Office will establish which of the three examinations will be taken as a make-up.
  • All final examination materials should be retained for at least one month after the commencement of the following semester in case any questions arise concerning grades and to afford students the opportunity to review their graded final examination papers if they wish to do so.