Final examinations (policy 44-20) fulfill two important academic objectives: student integration of instructional material, and end-of-semester evaluation of student achievement. However, valid means other than the final examination also accomplish these objectives (e.g., term paper, final project report, take-home examination, etc.). Course instructors determine which of these methods is best.
Course instructors are expected to:
Students who believe this policy is being violated should review the appeals process.
Students and faculty at some campuses are provided personalized final exam schedules in LionPATH. These schedules are available approximately the fifth week of the semester. Plans to leave campus at the end of the semester should not be made until after students have reviewed their personalized final exam schedules.
Students at locations not offering personalized final exam schedules should check the campus Registrar's website for the final exam schedule. Questions concerning exam information should be directed to the campus Registrar's office.
A final exam overload situation exists if a student has three or more exams scheduled in consecutive periods or within the same calendar day (policy 44-25).
Students may elect to take their exams as scheduled or may request that a final exam be rescheduled. Requests for rescheduling must be submitted within three weeks of the initial publication of the final exam schedule. Once a request is received, the Registrar's office determines which of the three exams will be rescheduled and notifies the student and the instructor by email.
Students attending the University Park, Behrend, and Harrisburg campuses should submit the Overload Conflict Exam Request Form to request relief from a final exam overload.
Students attending all other Penn State campuses should contact your campus registrar to request relief from an exam overload conflict.