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 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 Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning reinforce this aspect of policy.)
- All faculty must adhere to the final examination schedule. A full text of the relevant legislation is located at summary period for academic semester. Also, detailed information about finals can be found at Policies and Guidelines.
- 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.