Quizzes, Examinations and Extensions
Announced quizzes—written tests of an hour or less—are given at intervals throughout most courses. The number of quizzes and their length are determined by the instructor. Unannounced quizzes may also be included in the work of any course. If a student is absent without previous excuse from a quiz, she may be penalized at the discretion of the instructor. The weight is decided by the instructor. If a student has been excused from a quiz because of illness or some other emergency, a make-up quiz is often arranged.
An examination is required of all students in undergraduate courses, except when the work for the course is satisfactorily tested by other means. If a student fails to appear at the proper time for a self-scheduled, scheduled or deferred examination, or fails to return a take-home exam, she is counted as having failed the examination.
A student may have an examination deferred by her dean only in the case of illness or some other emergency. When the deferral means postponement to a date after the conclusion of the examination period, she must take the examination at the next Deferred Examination Period.
Within the semester, the instructor in each course is responsible for setting the date when all written reports, essays, critical papers and laboratory reports are due. The instructor may grant permission for extensions within the semester; the written permission of the dean is not required. Instructors may ask students to inform their dean of the extension or may themselves inform the dean that they have granted an extension.
Two deadlines are important to keep in mind when planning for the end of the semester. Assignments due during the semester proper must be handed in by 5 p.m. on the last day of written work, which is the last day of classes. Final exams or final papers written in lieu of exams must be handed in by 12:30 p.m. on the last day of the exam period. Note that the exam period ends earlier for seniors. These deadlines are noted on the registrar's website.
During the course of the semester, if a student is unable to complete her work for reasons she cannot control, she should contact her professor in advance of the deadline, if at all possible, to request an extension. Extensions are generally not given after a deadline has already passed.
Requests for extensions that go into the exam period or beyond involve conversations between the student, professor, and dean. A student should contact both her professor and her dean before the due date of the assignment in question. The dean and the professor must agree to all terms of the extension. Normally, the dean will support such an extension only if the delay results from circumstances beyond a student's control, such as illness or family or personal emergency. Once the terms of the extension are agreed upon, the dean fills out an extension form, which is then submitted to the registrar.
If the instructor has not received a student's work by the end of the exam period, the instructor will submit a grade of Incomplete if an extension has been agreed upon. An Incomplete is a temporary grade. Once the student submits her work, the Incomplete will be replaced by the numerical grade which is the student's final grade in the class.
If a student does not meet the date set in her extension, and does not request and receive a further extension, the instructor is required to submit a final grade. When official extensions are not received by the registrar from the dean, and the instructor submits a grade of Incomplete or fails to submit a grade, that grade is temporarily recorded on the transcript as an Unauthorized Incomplete. No grade, except a failure, can be recorded in place of an Unauthorized Incomplete without an extension or other appropriate action taken jointly by the student's dean and instructor.
Seniors must submit all written work and complete exams by 5 p.m. on the Saturday before senior grades are due in the Registrar's Office. Extensions beyond that deadline cannot be granted to any senior who expects to graduate that year.
Specific dates for all deadlines are published and circulated by the registrar. It is the student's responsibility to inform herself of these dates.