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Term Regulations and Exam Policies

At the first class

• The instructor should reiterate the prerequisites and co-requisites and describe acceptable substitutions. A student who does not have the stated prerequisites should obtain the permission of the instructor.

By the end of the first week of the term, the instructor should provide

• A clear and concise description of the required work, including the number and kinds of assignments.

• The approximate schedule of tests and due dates for major projects.

• Whether or not there will be a final exam.

• The grading criteria and procedures to be used.

• Written expectations regarding conduct, particularly expectations about the nature and extent of any collaboration or assistance from old materials that is permitted.

By the end of the third week of the term, the instructor should provide

• The precise schedule of tests and major assignments.

No academic exercises should be scheduled

• Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday from 5 p.m. – Monday at 8 a.m.

• After the last scheduled class period of the subject

If there are tests or required academic exercises scheduled outside of class times

• No test or required academic exercise should be scheduled on a Monday night.

• The test should be scheduled through the Schedules Office.

• The test should begin no earlier than 7:30 p.m.

• The test should not exceed two hours in length.

• During the calendar week that a test is scheduled, a class should be canceled or no homework should be assigned.

• A student who has a scheduled academic or extra-curricular activity that conflicts with the test should be given the test at an alternate time.

After Dec. 8, 2006 *

* This date is updated each term.

• No test should be given unless scheduled, through the Schedules Office, for the final exam period (this includes unit tests, which can be scheduled during the final exam period).

• No assignment should fall due if there is testing during the final exam period.

• If there is no testing during the final exam period, at most one assignment should fall due between Friday, Dec. 8 and the end of the last regularly scheduled class. This single assignment may include an oral and a written report if the two derive from the same project.

• Optional assignments due between Friday, Dec. 8 and the last scheduled class period should be for self-study and should not be used toward part of the grade.


These are regulations that must be followed by all professors of undergraduate classes. The Student Committee on Educational Policy investigates possible violations. A full list of term regulations, including those for graduate classes, can be found at