6.18.1. For Courses Offered in 16-Week Sessions

No examination of any type may be given on the final day a class is scheduled to meet.

There is a reading day (also called the “dead day”) between the last scheduled day of classes and the first day of final exams. The reading day cannot be used for testing purposes, except that instructors and students can mutually agree to use part of the day for students to take make-up tests if, for example, such students recently missed an examination because of an excused absence. Instructors cannot require work be submitted on the reading day. Instructors may not hold an “extra” class on the reading day, nor can they hold any sort of mandatory meeting of their students. It is permitted, however, for instructors to hold voluntary review sessions on the reading day.

For all students (TU and ADP), final examinations, up to a maximum of three hours in length, are given in courses at the end of each semester. The final examination schedule is compiled in the office of enrollment services and is printed in each semester’s course schedule and is also available online at http://hub.oglethorpe.edu/registration-records/academic-calendars/.

The three hours allotted for the final exam in every course counts toward the class meeting time. Therefore, if an instructor opts to not give a final exam, the instructor will still meet with his/her class for the 3 hour period which otherwise would be devoted to the final exam.

Instructors are not permitted to alter the final exam schedule. If a final exam is to be offered for a given section of a particular course, it must be offered only on the day and at the time specified on the final exam schedule. However, see the exception for individual students in the next paragraph.

If a student feels that he/she has an intolerable or unfair final exam schedule (such as might happen when the student has three or more final exams scheduled on a given day), he/she may appeal to his/her instructors in the hopes that one of them would be willing to make special accommodations which would allow the student to take one of the final exams either a day (or more) early or a day (or more) late. Such an act is voluntary on the part of instructors. Such an act is also only in response to unusual circumstances which exist for individual students. Instructors cannot move final exam dates and times for course sections, only for individual students experiencing extraordinary circumstances. Instructors should inform their division chair if they arrange for any accommodations as described in this paragraph.

Instructors are required to grade all final exams they administer. They may not use others to help in the process.