The last five days of each semester are set aside for final exams. It’s your responsibility to make sure you know when and where you’ll be taking your finals. Read on to find out everything you need to know about final exams.
- Free week
Also known as “dead week,” the week before finals is free of major or final exams, except for practical tests at the end of lab periods. And it’s not true that you won’t have to turn in assignments during free week. If your instructors have assigned paper projects well in advance, they may be due during this week. Make sure you plan ahead.
- Finals that happen outside of exam week
Finals for course sections that don’t meet during the last weeks of the term—for example, first eight-week classes—will be held during the last class meeting. All other finals will be given during the last five days of the term.
- Final exam conflicts
If you have an exam scheduling conflict, report to the division head of the academic unit to find out what to do.
- Absence from a final exam
If you miss a final exam, even if you have a passing grade in a course, you’ll fail the course. The only exception is if your instructor has reason to believe your absence was out of your control.
If you know you’re going to miss a final, or you miss one for reasons you didn’t expect, talk to your instructor as soon as possible. Your instructor is the one who will make the final decision on whether or not you can make arrangements to satisfy the course requirements.
Final exam week for fall 2017 is Tuesday, December 12, through Saturday, December 17.