[Faculty Handbook Category #2]
1. All examinations and tests are conducted under the Honor System. If tests are duplicated, the Honor Pledge must be printed in full on the answer sheet.
2. As a matter of general practice, the teacher should give students one week's advance notice for full-period examinations.
3. An in-class examination shall be designed to fit within the length of the class period for which it is scheduled. Students are not to commence work on an in-class examination prior to the beginning of the class period, nor to continue working on it beyond the end of the class period. Alternative arrangements for an in-class examination may be made for individual students (such as those with documented disabilities) who need special accommodation.
4. Any examination given outside of the scheduled class period is considered an out-of-class examination. Faculty must allow a minimum of 24 hours within which students may complete an out-of-class exam, even if the exam is timed (e.g. students are to work on the exam for a maximum of 2 hours).
5. Faculty must take extraordinary care to ensure that some students are not given advantages over others during an examination period.
6. Final Examinations
a) A teacher must formulate examinations so that an average student can complete them in two hours.
b) Absence from a required final examination should be reported immediately to the Dean of Students Office. A student who is absent from a required final examination, unless excused by the appropriate Assistant or Associate Dean of Students, receives the grade “F” for the examination or the course at the discretion of the instructor.
c) Final Examination Week Policy
(i) That all faculty members shall make use of the final examination week to gather new evidence reflecting the total learning experience in each of their courses.
(ii) That this evidence shall be evaluated as a means of determining the overall accomplishments of all students registered in courses, both in regard to the quantity and quality of their learning.
(iii) That in-class final examinations, except for courses in Applied Music, P.E. Activity, and Dance Activity, must be given during final examination week as scheduled by the Registrar.
(iv) That take-home examinations or papers substituting for a final examination must be due on the day scheduled for the final examination.
(v) That faculty members be encouraged to suggest a time limit for take-home examinations.
(vi) That students are required to take final examinations at the scheduled time unless the instructor, with the written approval of the Department Chair, has given the student permission to reschedule to another time during finals week. Student requests for an exam change must be made in writing. The decision rests with the Chair. Chairs shall exclude from consideration requests involving rides home, early family vacations, early summer employment, pre-purchased airline tickets, and the like.
(vii) That the Dean of the College may in rare cases approve alternate means of accomplishing the same objective.
February 8, 2007