Final Examinations

Examination polices for the IU Bloomington campus were set forth by the Bloomington Faculty Council. A version of this policy also appears as Policy H-29 in the Academic Guide.

Exam Period

There shall be a 5-day examination period at the end of each semester. Exams must be given as published in the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin.

Final examinations are given over a period of five days at the end of each semester. It is the student's responsibility to check the final examination schedule to determine the date and time of particular final examinations.

Note that final examinations for course sections not scheduled to meet through the last weeks of classes (e.g., first eight-week classes, etc.) will be held during the last class meeting.

Free Week

The week prior to the exam period shall be free of major or final exams, except for practical tests at the end of lab periods. Paper projects may be due only if assigned well in advance.

Present administrative interpretation of this regulation defines the week prior to the exam period as the Free Week period. See the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin for specific dates and times.

More Than Three Exams in One Day

In the event of more than three exams in one day, the instructor/department of the fourth and subsequent exams is obligated to adjust the student's exam time, provided the student notifies them by the mid-point of the semester.

In the event a student is scheduled to take more than three final examinations on the same day, the student may exercise the following options:

  1. Take all final examinations as they are scheduled;
  2. Consult with the instructors or departments giving the final examinations to determine if any make-up examination(s) is or can be scheduled. If no make-up examination is available, then the student must notify the instructor or department of the course scheduled for the fourth (and additional) final examination of the day. That instructor or that department will then be obligated to adjust the student's final examination schedule, provided the student has notified that instructor or department before the halfway point of the semester.

Students having examination conflicts must report to the dean of the school in which they are enrolled.

Absence from Final Exams

Students who fail to attend the final exam of a class and who have a passing grade up to that point should be given an Incomplete only if the instructor has reason to believe the absence was beyond the student's control. If not, the grade of "F" must be awarded.

Students who anticipate absences from final examinations, or who are absent from final examinations for reasons they did not anticipate, should discuss these absences with their instructors as soon as possible to make arrangements for the satisfaction of course requirements. Instructors may require students who are absent from final examinations to file a written explanation of the absence with the Dean of Students Office (Indiana Memorial Union, Suite M088). The Dean of Students Committee on Absence will review these written explanations and seek additional information, as necessary, before indicating its findings to the instructors involved. The final decision in the dispensation of these matters remains the instructor's.

Examination Schedule

The Final Examination schedule is maintained as part of the Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin. It is the most thorough and up-to-date source for examination times and dates.