Exams & Finals

Scheduling Fall 2020 Exams - Policies and FAQs

Starting Nov. 30, all remaining group instruction for the fall 2020 semester, including final exams, will be remote. Review policies and guidance for scheduling exams, including answers to FAQs such as:

What should I do, if…

  • My class does not have a final exam scheduled and I now plan to administer a final exam?
  • My class has a final exam scheduled and I would like to request a new date/time?
  • My class has a final exam scheduled that I had originally planned to administer synchronously at the scheduled time. Given the change to remote final exams, I now want to allow students to complete the final exam asynchronously?
  • I plan to administer a final exam and I have a student who has an accommodation plan through the McBurney Disability Resource Center?
  • My class has a final exam scheduled and I no longer plan to administer a final nor will I use that date/time as the due date for a final project?

Guidance for Administering Exams Remotely

The following guidance has been developed to support the use of such assessments during remote instruction.

  • Consider a variety of assessment methods throughout the semester, using more frequent, low-stakes assessments and de-emphasizing high-stakes exams as the primary or only way to assess student work, and assign a grade.
  • Clearly set expectations with students concerning when collaboration on course work is appropriate and when it is not. Open-book and other formats for exams, while suitable in some circumstances, do not promote independent work or restrict students from communicating and collaborating with others. Literature also shows that honor codes or pledges of integrity are largely ineffective and provide a false sense of academic integrity.*
  • Use Canvas Quizzes features to create a question bank, randomize the questions that appear on each student’s exam while covering the same concepts, and set a time limit. Similar options such as setting up multiple data values for an item can be done in Atomic Assessments, an advanced quizzing tool available through Canvas.
  • For high-stakes tests, consider using Honorlock automated proctoring service to provide a responsible test-taking environment for students to demonstrate their own independent learning.
  • For papers, essay questions or other written assignments, consider using the Turnitin originality checker.


* Lang, James, 2013, Cheating Lessons – Learning from Academic Dishonesty, Harvard University Press, 172 pgs.