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Exams or Student Learning Assessment Policy

Exams or Student Learning Assessment Policy

Authority: 
Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
Rev Sep 30, 2013
In F/S Handbook: 
yes
Assessments (synonymous with "exams" for this policy) of student learning must be included in each course section. These assessments should be appropriate for the type of course and the type of learning being assessed. Examples of appropriate assessments include, but are not limited to, written tests, demonstrations, projects, and performances.
 
Final Exams
Faculty are required to give a final exam-a final assessment appropriate for the course-in each course during the scheduled final exam period. Final exams must cover at least the material offered during the last half of the term or, preferably, the material offered during the entire term.
 
A faculty member may not exempt any student from a final exam; however, with written approval of the department head and dean, the final exam requirement may be waived for courses in which exams are not applicable.

Final exams may not be given outside the official University exam schedule unless a University-approved excuse applies.
 
Make‑up Exams and Required Course Assignments
The course syllabus must provide expectations for class attendance and procedures for make-up exams or course work missed due to excused absences.
 
Students who miss exams or required assignments due to a planned absence for University-approved events must present the approved University excused absence to the instructor prior to missing class. The instructor may allow the student to take an exam or submit assignments prior to the planned absence or may allow the student to arrange to make up exams or assignments within two weeks after the absence. Lab assignments, oral presentations, artistic performances or similar assignments may require special consideration and extended time to arrange completion.
 
In cases of excused absences for illness or other circumstances deemed appropriate as an excused absence, faculty are encouraged to provide make-up exams soon after the student returns to class.
 
Make-up exams must be completed prior to the beginning of the University final exam period. Faculty may not create make-up policies which result in punitive actions against students who miss exams or are absent due to University-excused absences or other excused absences.
 
Mid‑semester Exams
Mid‑semester exams are not required, but mid‑semester grades, if applicable, should be based on an exam or formal evaluation prior to mid‑semester. All instructors are requested to encourage students to discuss mid‑semester grades with their advisors. Grades are posted for lower level courses at or near the mid-semester mark.
 
Scheduled Exams in the Week Prior to Final Exam Week
There will be no scheduled exam in a lecture-only section during the last class meeting before final exams if the section has multiple meeting dates per week; an exam may be administered during the last class meeting before final exams in a section that meets only once per week for at least 150 instructional minutes. Any exception to this policy must have written approval by the dean of the college in which the course is taught.
 
Exams in Web and Web Hybrid Sections
Web and Web Hybrid sections are required to adhere to this policy as appropriate. Course syllabi should include provisions related to all course exams (mid-semester, final, and other) and should stipulate the types of exams, timeframes within which the exams will be administered, and specific requirements for each exam.
 
When selecting timeframes for Web exam availability, instructors are expected to ensure that the timeframe reasonably permits all students to complete the exam. Given that students generally enroll in Web sections for convenience to accommodate personal schedules, instructors should consider utilizing blocks of time that include both daytime and evening hours (e.g., a single, 24-hour block of time; two, three-hour blocks of time, including one morning block and one evening block).
 
Face-to-face class meetings may be used to administer exams in Web Hybrid sections. For Web sections, no face-to-face class meetings at prescribed times or locations are permitted; however, proctored exams for Web sections are permitted as long as reasonable accommodations are made to meet student needs.