Guidance on Scheduling of the Final Exams in Winter 2021

As the University of Michigan-Dearborn continues the modality of our courses in a primarily online delivery format for the Winter 2021 academic semester, only courses that have been scheduled for in-person delivery (either hybrid or in-person) will be randomly assigned a day and time for on-campus scheduling of final exams. (Note: all in-person exams will be scheduled for regular three-hour blocks on one of the exam days. As always, faculty do not have to use the entire exam block time but must schedule their exam within the assigned block.) All other final exams will be offered online synchronously or asynchronously. To that end, the Provost Office made the following changes to the Winter 2021 final exam schedule: 

  • For asynchronous online exams, ensure that they are randomly assigned a final exam day, with no set time, during the first four scheduled final exam days: April 22, 23, 26, and 27. The remaining scheduled final exam day of April 28 will be held in reserve. Faculty will have the ability to work with the Registrar’s Office if they need to adjust a final exam date. 
  • Each course shall have no less than a 24-hour window in which the final exam will be administered. In addition to having this 24-hour window, the final exam window must overlap with the assigned day and faculty can provide more than a 24-hour window for students to take a final exam. 
  • The final exam may be timed, as is currently permitted, so a faculty member can require students to take an exam within, for example, a 3-hour period (e.g., from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) during the prescribed 24-hour window. The student can start the exam anytime during the 24-hour window, but once started, must complete the exam within the prescribed time limit. Students may be permitted additional time for taking their final exam, if approved by our Disability Services Office. 
  • Faculty who are scheduled to teach a synchronous course can make a request to the Registrar’s Office to have their final exam scheduled during a single 3-hour period on one of the final exam days. Those who choose this option should contact the Registrar’s Office: umd-ro-admin@umich.edu no later than the end of business day on Friday, January 8 so that the exam date can be posted for students by the start of the Winter 2021 term. Keep in mind that choosing this option will still mean you must provide some flexibility for students who have internet access issues or other technical problems on the day of the exam. 
  • The study days/weekend (April 21, 24, and 25) can be used as part of the 24-hour window but no final exams can be due on those days. If a faculty member decides to extend their final exam into a study day/weekend then they will be increasing the final exam window from at least 24 to 48 hours as faculty cannot count as part of the minimum 24-hour window requirement the study days/weekend period. 

Guidance on Scheduling of the Final Exams in Fall 2020

In light of the changes to the modality of our Fall 2020 courses to primarily an online delivery format and a shift of all remaining in person courses to online after the Thanksgiving break, all final exams will be offered asynchronously to students. To that end, the Provost Office made the following changes to the Fall 2020 final exam schedule: 

  • Ensure that every Fall 2020 class is randomly assigned a final exam day, with no set time, during the first four scheduled final exam days: December 16, 17, 18, and 21. The remaining scheduled final exam day of December 22 will be held in reserve. Faculty will have the ability to work with the Registrar’s Office if they need to adjust a final exam date. 
  • Each course shall have no less than a 48-hour window in which the final exam will be administered. In addition to having this 48 hour window, the final exam window must overlap with the assigned day. 
  • The final exam may be timed, as is currently permitted, so a faculty member can require students to take an exam within a 3-hour period (e.g., from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) during the prescribed 48-hour window. The student can start the exam anytime during the 48 hour window, but once started, must complete the exam within the prescribed time limit. If an exam is timed, students will be permitted to contact and seek approval from the Disability Services Office for additional time, if needed. 
  • The study days/weekend (December 15, December 19, and December 20) can be used as part of the 48-hour window but no final exams can be made due on those days. 

 

Office of the Registrar

1169 -
University Center (UC)
Phone: 
313-583-6500
Fax: 
313-593-5697
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