FORMS FOR RESCHEDULING
Petitions: Each semester, after drop-add period ends, the Office of the Law Registrar will review petitions for rescheduling of Final Examinations as a result of schedule conflicts. The petition must be submitted through the form above at least four weeks prior to the end of classes. Contact with the professor to seek rescheduling is strictly forbidden, as it may compromise the anonymity afforded to students by the anonymous grading system. Rescheduling will be arranged only in circumstances that clearly satisfy the criteria set forth below.
Schedule Conflicts: Examination schedule conflicts are defined as follows: two exams in one day, three examinations in three consecutive days, four examinations in five consecutive days, or a take-home exam that is administered at a set time which overlaps with, or ends immediately before or within two hours of, an in-class examination.
- Can a student take the exam before the scheduled time? In general, it is the policy of the School of Law that examinations are not given before the scheduled times. Neither scheduled examinations nor take home examinations may be given during the reading period.
- What if a student is enrolled in a joint-degree program? Students who are enrolled in joint degree programs may also petition the Office of the Law Registrar for rescheduling of examinations. In general, students will be accommodated for two examinations in one day or three examinations in three days, but not for four examinations in five consecutive days.
- Serious Illness, Death, & Religious Prohibitions: In all other circumstances, a student will be granted an adjustment in his or her examination schedule only in the event of a personal illness requiring the care of a physician, death or serious illness in the student's immediate family or household, or because of religious prohibitions certified by an appropriate religious professional. In such an event, the examination in question will be rescheduled as early as is consistent with the cause of the excused absence as determined by the Dean of Students. See above "Request Exam Reschedule (Personal)."
Professors are not obliged to give special make-up examinations at the end of the semester in which the student missed an examination. A student who has been excused from an examination must take the examination administered at the end of the next regular semester in which the course is offered, even if that means delaying graduation.
Exceptions to this rule are recognized in the following instances:
- If the course is next offered in the summer session following the academic year in which the student failed to take the examination, the student may elect to take the examination administered at the end of the summer session. Written notice of this election must be filed with the Dean of Students prior to the beginning of the summer session.
- If the course is next offered during the regular academic year by a faculty member other than the faculty member in whose course the student was enrolled, and the faculty member who taught the student is scheduled to teach the course during the following semester, the student may petition the Dean of Students for permission to take the examination at the end of the semester in which the course will be taught by the faculty member in whose course the student was enrolled. This petition must be filed with the Dean of Students at least four weeks prior to the date of the examination the student must take if the student's petition is denied.
- A student who is excused from an examination for compelling reasons and who is scheduled to graduate at the end of the examination period may petition the Dean of Students to request a special make-up examination, which may be granted only if the professor approves.
- If the student is able to take the examination before the examination period is completed, the Dean of Students believes that the blind grading process will not be compromised, and the professor is willing to allow the student to take the examination, an exception may be granted.
- The School of Law does not permit special make-up examinations in other situations.
Pending Honor Council Proceedings: A student who has been denied the opportunity to take an examination because of a pending Honor Council proceeding and whose case was subsequently determined by the Honor Council not to have probable cause would normally be permitted to take a special make-up examination. A student for whom probable cause was found, but who is subsequently found not guilty in an Honor Council proceeding, would also be permitted to take the examination if the elapsed time makes this feasible. Otherwise, the general rules set forth above apply.