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Finals Week/Final Exams Policies

Policy Number: 100410

Current Policy

Category: Academic » Grading



The Finals Week Policy applies from 12:01 a.m. Monday through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday of Finals Week:

  1. Student groups and organizations are not to schedule concerts, major social events, or any other activity that might conflict with academic studies, except on weekends. Events scheduled by parties external to the university which require attendance by NAU students are exempt from this policy.
  2. No off-campus Intercollegiate Athletic competitions may be scheduled during End- Of-Term-Week or Finals Week unless such competition is part of the approved Big Sky Conference scheduling or NCAA tournament or championship. Exceptions to this policy must be granted by the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.
  3. No off-campus competitions involving student academic or student affairs organizations or Club Sport Athletic teams may be scheduled during End-Of-Term Week or Finals Week unless such competition is scheduled by a regional or national organization of which the local organization is a member. Exceptions to this policy must be granted by the College Dean and/or the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
  4. Faculty members are not to schedule field trips unless the trip is the final examination for the course. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the dean of the college or school in cases when there are exceptional circumstances not under the control of the faculty member and where such exceptions would be in the best interest of the students. Requests for exception must be made at least three weeks in advance of Finals Week.
  5. There will be a final examination in all undergraduate courses where a final exam is considered by the faculty of a department to be appropriate and must be scheduled at times that conform to the official schedule published by the Registrar. Approval to move a final exam within Finals Week may be granted by the dean of the college or school in cases when there are exceptional circumstances and strong pedagogical reasons for the move, if all students enrolled in the class agree to the change, the change does not force any of the enrolled students to take three finals in a 24-hour period (see item 10, below), and such a change would be in the best interest of the students. Requests for approval must be made at least three weeks in advance of Finals Week.
  6. All class examinations for courses starting 5 p.m. or later must be scheduled for the first regular meeting time during examinations week as listed on the Registrar’s website. For courses that meet daily, four days per week, or once a week, the examination may be held at the first scheduled period for the hour.
  7. Where the course objectives provide for a type of final examination that differs from the ordinary, a different type of exam or evaluation may be provided, with prior approval by the dean of the college by midterm. Students in IITV courses that don't fit the published exam schedule have their exams on the first regular meeting day at the regular time. Final Web exams will be given on the date and in the manner specified in the course syllabus. Examination times listed in the schedule will take precedence when there is a conflict on examination times.
  8. Take-home final examinations, or their equivalent, are due at the time scheduled for the final examination or during Finals Week if the course does not have a specific meeting time, such as web courses.
  9. If there is difficulty fitting various courses into the published schedule, the instructor must choose the starting time of the closest examination period. A poll of the class should determine whether there would be an actual conflict. If insurmountable problems are encountered, the instructor must contact the department head or, if necessary, the dean.
  10. NAU's policy is that no student should be forced to take more than two final exams in a 24-hour period. If a student is scheduled for three or more exams within a 24-hour period, it is his/her responsibility to seek an alternative schedule. At least two weeks before the scheduled exam(s), the student should first approach the faculty member about the exam(s) scheduled between the first and last exams of the 24-hour period. Unless there are pedagogical scheduling problems with doing so (such as a common exam or the use of lab or other special equipment), the faculty member should provide an alternative date for the student to take the exam(s). In the event that such pedagogical reasons arise, the student should ask the other faculty members to accommodate an alternative date. If such agreement cannot be reached between student and faculty member, the student should request the chair or the Dean to request an alternative date of one of the faculty members.
  11. Under no circumstances may a final exam be moved to End-Of-Term Week, with or without the consent of the students in the course, except in the individualized instruction courses that are self-paced and allow students to elect when to take the final exam.

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