A. As a rule, every course should include a final examination. The examination may be an in-class test, a take-home exam, or some other kind of summary evaluation that enables students to demonstrate their learning for the semester.
B. Final examinations must be held according to the exam schedule that accompanies the Schedule of Classes posted on Banner Web. During the last week of class, major examinations are prohibited unless the syllabus distributed at the beginning of the semester clearly indicates they will be given at that time. Any examinations given during the last week of class may not take the place of final examinations.
C. An instructor who seeks an exemption from giving a final examination must request permission in writing from the chair of the department. The chair can deny, modify, or accept the request. A chair who approves an exemption must forward it to the appropriate dean for further approval. The approval process should be completed prior to the beginning of the semester.
D. Major papers or projects should not be due later than the thirteenth week of class; no papers should be due during the week of final examinations.
E. Instructors must spell out course requirements in the syllabus, including the nature of the final examination and its weight in the final grade for the course.
F. All in-class final examinations must be adequately proctored. Normally, the regularly assigned instructor will act as proctor. In no instance is a student to act as proctor.
G. In cases where no in-class final examination is given, a final class meeting must be held during the period scheduled for the examination. The period counts toward the fulfillment of contact-hour requirements for the semester as determined by the Ohio Board of Regents.
H. Instructors are expected to be available for student consultation throughout the period of final examinations. Any request for early departure by an instructor from the campus during the final examination period should be cleared in writing with the department chair and the appropriate dean.
I. If instructors plan on leaving the Cleveland area anytime during the two weeks immediately following the final examination period, they should leave contact information with their department chair and the appropriate dean.
In accord with the policy for the appeal of a final grade as found in the Undergraduate Bulletin, instructors should retain all final examinations through the sixth week of the subsequent (spring or fall) semester. Upon request of a student during this time period, instructors shall show, and explain the grading of, the student’s examination paper.