The examination timetable is posted here.
A Faculty final examination counting for between one-third and two-thirds of the final mark must be held in each 100-series course, unless exemption has been granted by the Faculty of Arts & Science. Courses in the 200-series will normally have a final examination. In 200-, 300- and 400-series courses, the Departments will decide whether or not an examination is appropriate. The ratio of term work to examination mark will be the same for all sections of multi-section courses that have final examinations. The relative value of each part of a written examination must be indicated on the question paper.
Final examinations are held at the end of each session or sub-session. Students taking courses during the day may be required to write evening examinations, and students taking evening courses may be required to write examinations during the day. Examinations may be held on Saturdays. Students who make personal commitments during the examination period do so at their own risk. No special consideration is given and no special arrangements are made in the event of conflicts resulting from personal commitments.
Students who are unable to write their examinations due to illness, etc., should contact the Program Office.
Students who have two Faculty final examinations at the same time, or three consecutive Faculty final examinations (e.g., morning, afternoon, evening; or afternoon, evening, next morning) should report the conflict to the Office of the Faculty Registrar by the deadline shown on the examination schedule. Information regarding dates, times and locations of examinations will not be given by telephone or email; for the most up to date examination timetable consult the Faculty's current students web site.
Students who cannot write a final examination at the scheduled time because of a religious obligation should report this conflict to the Office of the Faculty Registrar as soon as the conflict is known, and no later than the deadline shown on the examination schedule.
Exam Rule Reminder
- Students are not permitted to bring any unauthorized aids into the examination, including electronic devices of ANY kind, unless otherwise stated. This includes CELL PHONES and iPODS. Possession is punishable under the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.
- Bags, books pencil cases and ALL notes are to be deposited in areas designated by the Chief Presiding Officer and are not to be taken to the examination desk or table. If pencil cases are found on desks, they will be searched.
- Candidates must not communicate with one another in any manner whatsoever during the examination.
- Candidates may not leave the examination room unescorted for any reason, including visiting the washroom.
- All writing must cease at the end of the examination.
Please see the Rules for the Conduct of Examinations for a complete list of Arts & Science examination regulations.
Failure to follow any of these rules could result in a formal allegation of academic misconduct. Please see the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters for more information.
Petitions Regarding Examinations
Petitions regarding final examinations must be submitted within five days after the end of the examination period. Late requests will not be accepted. Petitions based on travel, employment, or personal plans will not be considered.
Students are expected to write examinations as scheduled. Only in cases of documented debilitating illness or legitimate conflict should a student request a deferral of a final examination. Students who are too ill and/or incapacitated at the time of the examinations should petition to defer the examination they are unable to attend due to their medical condition. Requests to write exams at an earlier time/date will not be considered.
A deferred special examination at a subsequent examination period or the regular offering of the examination when next taught may be granted at the discretion of the Faculty. Satisfactory evidence in the form of the University Student Medical Certificate must be provided to corroborate the illness. Students with chronic illnesses must provide medical documentation for the specific date on which the illness was acute. Students must submit a petition to the Program Office within one week of the end of the examination period. There is a fee of $70.00 per deferred examination (maximum $140.00). In the petition decision students are notified of the examination period in which the deferred examination will take place, and if the examination will be a regular or special examination. They must register and pay the fee by a given deadline, in order that arrangements can be made, an examination requested, etc. The Faculty will notify those who do not register by the deadline that they have lost their privilege of a deferred examination and will revert the grade to one that includes a “0” for the final examination. No further consideration will be given. The Faculty posts personal deferred examination schedules online for students who have paid the deferred examination fee, as soon after the regular examinations have been scheduled as possible. Those who do not pay the deferred examination fee lose the privilege of a deferred examination and their grade reverts to one that includes a “0” for the final examination.
Deferred Examination Periods
- April/May Final Examination Period
Deferred Examination: June examination period, if course is offered in Summer Session May to June; August examination period for all others
- June Final Examination Period
Deferred Examination: August examination period, if course offered in Summer Session May/July - August; December examination period, if course is offered in Fall Session; August examination period for all others
- August Final Examination Period
Deferred Examination: December examination period
- December Final Examination Period
Deferred Examination: April/May examination period, if course offered in Winter Session; Reading Week for all others
Students who must write a deferred examination in a course that serves as a prerequisite for subsequent courses may enrol in those courses with the approval of the department concerned and provided that the term mark in the prerequisite (deferred) course is at least 60%.
NOTES: N.B. Students who are granted DEFERRED STANDING (i.e., a grade of “SDF”, for an extension of time for term work or for a deferred examination) or permission to rewrite an examination and who have earned a Cumulative Grade Point Average of less than 1.50 may not be permitted to enrol in further courses until the outstanding course work has been completed and final cumulative and sessional GPAs and status for the session have been assessed.
If students decide to write an examination which does not go well, they MAY NOT PETITION FOR A REWRITE. Post hoc arguments claiming an inability to function at full potential or to exhibit full knowledge of the subject matter will not be accepted as grounds for consideration of a petition concerning performance on an examination. Furthermore, students who choose to write an examination against medical recommendation should do so knowing that they will not be given consideration after the examination has been written. Students must not only take responsibility for making appropriate judgements about their fitness to attend examinations, but also must accept the outcome of their choices.
Students who miss a deferred examination receive a grade of “0” for the examination in the calculation of the final grade. If the Program Office accepts the student’s reasons for missing a deferred examination as legitimate, a further deferred examination may be permitted; however, the “SDF” notation will be replaced by the original grade. Students are charged a further fee for each subsequent deferred examination. Note that in such situations of further deferrals the Petitions Committee on Standing regularly prohibits registration in further sessions until the outstanding course work has been completed.