What is the University's policy regarding fall and spring semester final examinations?

This section provides information about UW-Madison's fall and spring term/semester final examination policies. The following rules apply to all courses numbered 699 and below (except for undergraduate seminar courses, independent study, and directed study courses.

The Summary Period for Academic Semester is governed by Faculty Legislation.  The section below highlights key aspects of that policy.  More specific information about the UW-Madison examination policy can be found at Mid-term and Final Exam Policy Information

The academic semester/term consists of an advising and a registration period, a regularly scheduled instructional period, and an eight-day summery period.   Please note that the first day of the summary period is for individual study and review.  No classes or examinations are to be scheduled during this time period.   The last seven days of the summary period are prescheduled to include one (1) two-hour summary instructional period for each course of two or more credits.   This period should only be used for an examination or other instructional activities as deemed appropriate by the instructor and department/unit offering the course.  Final examinations or other summary period activities cannot be scheduled during the last two weeks of classes.  (Periodic reminders from the Provost reinforce this aspect of policy.)
  • Take-home final examinations are due at the scheduled two-hour block. 
  • Instructors may not schedule exams for any time during the summary period other than the 2-hour summary block assigned to their particular course(s) without prior approval.  The time of the summary period may be changed only with prior approval of the Dean of the college (or an individual designated by the Dean).
  • Graduate courses (course number 700 or higher) and undergraduate seminar courses, independent study, and directed study courses are exempt from these regulations. Students enrolled in these courses should contact their instructors regarding final evaluation requirements.  
Students should attempt to avoid having more than two final examinations within 24 hours.  If a student has more than two final exams within 24 hour, the instructor may, within guidelines adopted by the college faculty, schedule a make-up final examination to avoid hardships.   Rescheduled final exams will be of the same general nature and quality as the original examination.   Instructors are not required to reschedule a final if a student has more than two exams within a 24 hour period.

More information can be found at Final Exams and the Summary Block located on the Office of the Provost website and Summary Period for Academic Semester on the Secretary of the Faculty website under faculty legislation at UW-Madison.  

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