This page will be continuously updated as new questions are received, and as new information becomes available. (Last updated November 13, 2013)
As long as they are appointed by the faculty/school.
The deferral period ends 30 days after the end of the exam period. A deferral can be offered during exam period, but this could easily cause conflicts for students in larger classes. Also, it is good to wait to know who all of the deferred students are before scheduling the exam – this will be sped up by the new 48 hour deadline to request a deferral.
The student must request the deferral within 48 hours of the exam date. If the University happens to be closed on the deadline date, then the student would have until the next business day to submit their request.
The spirit of this rule is to encourage timely applications. The student should contact their faculty/school advising office as soon as possible, stating their intent to apply for a deferral. The faculty, school, or advising office has the discretion to allow more time if they see fit.
Regarding students leaving an exam without having finished, and then applying for a deferral – is there any rule about how long they sat in the exam before choosing not to finish?
No, there is no time limit.
These are rare events, and are sometimes due to family emergencies. The Final Examination Procedures outline a process for documenting the student’s early departure from the exam. The student would require documentation regarding their reason for leaving.
Yes, this is still allowed.
No, it would be the same 48 hour rule as a regular final exam deferral.
No, once a student has handed in their paper and lest the room, they will not be allowed back in.
Regarding allowing students to bring their personal belongings to their exam desk, there are concerns that students will be able to access things in their jacket pockets, or use their jackets to hide cheating behaviour.
Guidelines for invigilators regarding placement of and access to personal belongings during a final exam will be provided.
As the final grade procedure should be to treat people fairly and equally, this could be considered procedural and then treated as a request for a re-appeal based on procedural grounds. In all appeal situations, students should be referred to the resources available from the Student Advocacy Office.