Faculty guide to course policies & exam procedures

COURSE DEVELOPMENT PHASE

Things to consider while developing a course

  • Articulate expectations for course work in listing and syllabus
  • Schedule low-stakes assessments and provide substantive feedback to students as early as possible during the academic semester
  • Implement grading practices that require diligence and engagement in the course
  • Clarify expectations on attendance in lecture, precept, and lab

Please avoid

  • Changing expectations or deadlines mid-semester
  • Evaluation models that let students postpone active engagement (courses that allow dropping/missing some component of the course)
  • Over-emphasis on high-stakes summative assessments

TEACHING SEMESTER

Things to consider during the teaching semester

  • Specify in the course listing any work that will be assigned during midterm week and fall or spring break
  • State policies on extensions and make-up exams on the syllabus and in advance to ensure consistency in-class

Please remember

  • MIDTERMS does not equal FINALS: Rules governing final exams do not apply to midterms
  • Students still have classes and assignments during midterm week

READING PERIOD & EXAM PERIOD

Things to consider during Reading Period and Exam Period

  • What is Reading Period?
    • Extended period when students complete final exercises and prepare for exams
    • Notify ahead of time if any meetings, classes, activities, or presentations will take place during reading period
  • What is Dean’s Date?
    • Date that all written work is due and the last day of Reading Period.
    • Any accommodations must be approved by the Office of Disability Services. Any extensions must be approved by the Residential College Director of Studies or Dean
    • Final exercises must be due by Dean’s Date unless the exercise is a take-home exam or in-class exam
  • What is a Take-Home Final Exam?
    • An alternative to in-class exams where students choose when to take the exam within the prescribed window; take-home exams can be timed or untimed, but must take place after Dean’s Date and Before the take-home exam deadline (the Monday after Dean’s Date)
    • Any accommodations must be approved by the Office of Disability Services. Any extensions must be approved by the Residential College Director of Studies or Dean

Clarify

  • That students have to complete any take-home exam in a window of time preferably limited to 24-72 hours.

Please note

  • Typically, take-home exams should take no more than 8 hours to complete. Exams or projects requiring more time should be labeled papers or final projects due on Dean’s Date.