Students who have significant periods of illness, injury, or other emergency near the end of the semester should work with their dean and faculty to develop a schedule in advance that will allow them to complete their work.
In the case of serious illness or some other emergency that arises during the finals period itself, students should contact their dean as soon as possible. The dean will make every effort to contact the student's faculty member. If necessary, a student may be entitled to be granted an extension or have an examination deferred by their dean.
Extensions on written work will normally only be for a few days. Most commonly, the professor will still be able to submit the student's grade on time, and no grade of Incomplete is necessary.
Extensions beyond the last day of finals are very rare and subject to intense scrutiny, because the last day of finals marks the end of the semester and is one of the most significant dates in the academic calendar.
In contrast, a student who has had an exam deferred must normally take that exam on the deferred exam date. Deferred exams are usually given:
When necessary, students will be assigned a grade of Incomplete. Once the work is complete and the professor has submitted a grade, the registrar replaces the Incomplete with the grade. The Incomplete is merely a temporary grade. There is no permanent record on the transcript of this temporary grade.
Note: Students seeking an Incomplete in a Haverford course must abide by all Haverford regulations and deadlines. See Haverford's Academic Regulation Guidebook for more information.
First day of classes at Penn
Dorms open at noon
Martin Luther King Day (No Classes, Haverford and Swarthmore reschedule some classes)
BIONIC reopens and PE registration begins (8am)
PE classes begin
Confirmation of Registration meetings for first-year students
BIONIC closes (5pm)
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for first-quarter classes (5pm)
Last day to drop a fifth class (5pm)
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for semester classes (5pm)
First-quarter (including PE) classes end
Spring break begins after last class
Spring break ends (8am)
Second-quarter classes (including PE) begin
Last day to add a second quarter class
Last day to drop a second quarter class
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for second-quarter classes (5pm)
Preregistration for Fall 2017
Last day of classes at Penn
Last day of classes at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore
Final examinations begin
Final examinations end for seniors (5pm)
Final examinations end for other students at noon
Dorms close at noon