Final Exam Reminders for Spring 2021

This message was sent on April 14, 2021 from John Zumbrunnen, vice provost for teaching and learning, to all faculty and instructors teaching in spring 2021.


This message is being sent to all faculty and instructors teaching this spring 2021.

Dear Instructional Colleagues (please share with your TAs),

The end of the semester is in sight, and I want to thank you once again for all you are doing during an extremely tough year.

Like you, I’m finishing up my final class preparations and looking towards the final exam I’ll be giving. I want to highlight a few things that we should all be thinking about over the next few weeks. Planning carefully now, and clearly sharing plans with students will go a long way in easing anxieties and reducing last-minute issues. Providing flexibility wherever possible will also be key.

  • Some students are currently observing Ramadan, which will continue through finals. Students may request accommodations as outlined in our campus religious observance policy.
  • Other students may be taking exams from significantly different time zones or experience technical difficulties. Offering a 10-12-hour exam window can help address these circumstances. See these reminders for successful remote exams, and these FAQs about exam scheduling and your ability to offer flexibility to students.
  • Students may also want to take advantage of on-campus spaces when taking exams to ensure they have access to reliable internet and a quiet space.
  • Finally, the disruption grading option (SD/UD) will be offered again this semester. Instructors should assign grades as they typically would in semesters where this grading option was not in effect. Submitting grades as soon as possible will help students as they decide whether to elect the disruption grading option. Final grades are due by 11:59 PM, on May 10, 2021.

If you have questions or need further assistance, our cross-campus teams are here to help. Please contact us at instructionalcontinuity@provost.wisc.edu, or reach out directly to your school and college support.

Thanks again for all of your hard work. Have a great rest of the semester.

John Zumbrunnen – Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning