Friday, August 01, 2014
  General Exam Policies

University Policy On All Missed Exams

Students at The University of Iowa are permitted to make up exams missed due to religious holidays, illness, or unavoidable circumstances. Faculty members should reschedule exams for students who miss them for reasons consistent with the University's policy regarding religious holidays, as stated in Part III, Chapter 22, Section 10, "Religious Diversity and the University Calendar", of the University Operations Manual.

Each college within the University is free to establish its own rules and regulations concerning absences from class. However, University regulations require that students be allowed to make up examinations that have been missed due to illness, mandatory religious obligations, or other unavoidable circumstances or University activities, as stated in Part IV, Chapter 8, Section 1, "General", of the University Operations Manual.

See also, the Statement on Religious Diversity found in the "Registration Information" section of the "Student Handbook" in ISIS.

Course Exam Schedule Conflict Policies

These policies apply to exams scheduled during the semester. See Schedule Regulations Regarding Final Examinations for Final Exam Policies.

  1. When instructors plan to give exams outside of class time, they should announce the dates and times at the first class meeting and list them on the course syllabus for distribution at the first class meeting.
  2. When there is a conflict between an exam scheduled outside of regular class time and a regularly scheduled course, the regularly scheduled course will take precedence.
  3. When there is a conflict between an exam scheduled outside of class time and other scheduled and required course activities (e.g., performances, meetings, lectures), the required course activity will take precedence.
  4. When there is a conflict between an exam scheduled outside of class time and other scheduled, non-required course activities or personal obligations, the exam will take precedence. However, exams not scheduled and announced in class at least 14 days in advance will not have priority under this policy.
  5. When there is a conflict between two or more exams scheduled outside their regular class times, makeup exams should be assigned according to the following precedence rules using the new subject course numbering system.

          a.)  During FALL semesters, courses having lower subject alpha characters or lower course numbers when the conflict is within a subject will take precedence. If the conflict is within the same subject and course then the lower section number will take precedence. * 

          b.)  During SPRING semesters, courses having higher subject alpha characters or higher course numbers when the conflict is within a subject will take precedence. If the conflict is within the same subject and course then the higher section number will take precedence. *

         c.)  During SUMMER or WINTER sessions,
              i.)  in odd numbered years, courses having lower subject alpha characters or lower course numbers when the conflict is within a subject will take precedence. If the conflict is within the same subject and course then the lower section number will take precedence. *

              ii.)  in even numbered years, courses having higher subject alpha characters or higher course numbers when the conflict is within a subject will take precedence. If the conflict is within the same subject and course then the higher section number will take precedence. *

    * Precedence regarding the use of letters in subject designations: Alpha characters are weighted higher as you travel up the alphabet with A being equivalent to 1 and Z being equivalent to 26. Subject designations should be evaluated on a letter by letter basis. Example: EDTL and ENGR. Since E is the first letter designated in both subjects and is of equal value, the second letter of each subject should be evaluated next to determine precedence. D is considered lower than N so EDTL is considered lower than ENGR.

    Examples: In a fall semester, ENGR would need to issue a makeup exam when in conflict with EDTL; in a spring semester, EDTL would need to issue a makeup exam when in conflict with ENGR. Similarly, in a fall semester, ECON would need to issue a makeup exam when in conflict with BIOL; in a spring semester BIOL would need to issue a makeup exam when in conflict with ECON.
     

  6. Instructors must offer reasonable options without penalty to students who miss exams due to conflicts described above.

Alternate exams must be scheduled at a reasonable time and location.

The alternate exam, if different, should be as equivalent as possible in content, difficulty, form, and time limits to the original.

The standards for scoring and grading should be equivalent to those used with the original exam.

Construction Noise During Examinations

The standard practice of The University of Iowa Facilities Management Department is to immediately stop construction when the work disturbs an examination in progress. The faculty member in charge of an examination should promptly report such problems to Work Control (5-5071) or to the construction workers, asking them to contact the Project's Construction Manager for further instructions.