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@Normal: Students are gearing up to face finals, but besides studying up on their textbooks and lecture notes, they also need to review the university's exam policy.
Linda Tober, assistant dean of undergraduate academic affairs, said her office received numerous calls this week from students who were confused about such regulations.
She said there are three parts to the exam policy, the first being that any final exams must be given during the designated final exam period.
For example, she said, final exams should not have been given this week, and instructors who gave such tests are in violation of policy.
She said this rule was developed after students in previous years complained about professors who gave their final exams during the last two days of the regular class period.
"Lots of students were having their finals during the last two days of class and they wound up having four exams in one day," she said.
A second part to the exam policy states that students are not required to take more than two written exams on one day.
Tober said that if students face such a dilemma, they should reschedule the last non-departmental exam on that particular day.
For example, an engineering student with two engineering exams and a speech exam on the same day should reschedule the speech exam for another time.
Tober said it is the obligation of the student to work with the professor to reschedule the exam at another time during the exam period.
The final part of the policy concerns other exams, not finals, that are given during the week preceding finals week.
According to Tober, if professors schedule a test this week counting more than 10 percent of a student's final average, that teacher is violating policy.
There is one exception to this last rule: Accounting 341 professors may assign a substantial test this last week because of the nature of their course.
If students face any of these situations, they may appeal the final grade they received in the class in question, Tober said.
In order to appeal, students first go to the instructor and declare the appeal. Then they file with the head of the department; next the dean of the college; and, finally, the Undergraduate Council.
"I think all levels of appeals would be sympathetic to that cause," Tober said. "These violations are clear grounds for appeal."
Tober said that when teachers are found guilty of policy violation, it is oftentimes because they are not aware of the policy. In these cases, Tober's office tries to educate the instructor so the violations do not continue to occur.
Exam policies outlined
Published: Thu Dec 05, 1996 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:09 p.m.