Final Exam Policy Clarification
UMM Scholastic Committee
According to the Senate Committee on Educational Policy,
the final exam is the last exam of the term, whether or not that
exam is cumulative. The intent of the rule is to avoid having
significant exams during the last week when out of class work
would also normally be due. Faculty may not schedule an exam in
the last week of class in lieu of an exam in the finals week.
Thus, while a unit exam during the last week of class plus a cumulative
final during final's week is discouraged, it would be acceptable.
Additionally, lab practicums may be given during the last week
of classes. Term papers, take home tests, and other out-of-class
work that is assigned before the last week of class can be expected
to be due the last day of the regular class. The rule also seeks
to exclude take-home final exams being handed out and due during
the last week, in effect the same thing as having a final exam
the last week. Ideally, faculty would accept out-of-class work
on the day of the scheduled final exam, if no final exam is scheduled.
The intent of the above rules is that work during the last week
of class and during finals week is spread out as much as possible.