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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Aug 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Attendance, Meeting Times, and Exams


 

Students are expected to be present throughout each semester at all meetings of courses for which they are registered. The right to excuse a student from class rests at all times with the faculty member in charge of that class.

In accordance with Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law, each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up examinations, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the university for making available to such student such equivalent opportunity.  In order to facilitate preparation of makeup exams, students intending to be absent in order to observe any of these holidays are requested to notify the instructor by the end of the first full week of classes.

Class Meeting Times


Monday/Wednesday

 
50 minutes 8-8:50a.m., 9:05-9:55a.m., 10:10-11a.m., 11:15a.m.-12:05p.m., 12:20-1:10p.m., 1:25-2:15p.m., 2:30-3:20p.m., 3:35-4:25p.m.
75 minutes 8:40-9:55a.m., 2:55-4:10p.m., 7:30-8:45p.m.

 

Tuesday/Thursday  
50 minutes 8-8:50a.m., 9:05-9:55a.m., 10:10-11a.m., 11:15a.m.-12:05p.m., 12:20-1:10p.m., 1:25-2:15p.m., 2:30-3:20p.m., 3:35-4:25p.m.
75 minutes 8:40-9:55a.m., 10:10-11:25a.m., 11:40a.m.-12:55p.m., 1:25-2:40p.m., 2:55-4:10p.m.
  NO EVENING CLASSES

 

Friday  
50 minutes 8-8:50a.m., 9:05-9:55a.m., 10:10-11a.m., 11:15a.m.-12:05p.m., 12:20-1:10p.m., 1:25-2:15p.m., 2:30-3:20p.m., 3:35-4:25p.m.
  NO EVENING CLASSES

 

Laboratories and similar exercises

1 hr 55 min 8-9:55a.m., 10:10a.m.-12:05p.m., 12:20-2:15p.m., 2:30-4:25p.m., 7:30-9:25p.m.
2 hr 25 min 7:30-9:55a.m., 10:10a.m.-12:35p.m., 2-4:25p.m., 7:30-9:55p.m.
3 hr 8-11a.m., 10:10-1:10p.m., 1:25-4:25p.m., 7:30-10:30p.m.

 

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the hours of 4:25 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Fridays the hours after 4:25 p.m., on Saturday the hours after 12:05 p.m., and all day Sunday shall be free from all formal undergraduate classes or laboratory exercises.

Evening academic activities commencing at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, other than regularly scheduled courses and prelims previously approved by the office of the university faculty, are not permitted. Violation of these rules interferes with other university activities (e.g., athletic, musical, theatrical, or employment).

Any exception to the above regulations, other than those for evening preliminary examinations, will require permission of the dean or director of the college or school offering the course. Exceptions to the regulations on evening preliminary examinations require approval of the dean of the university faculty. All such exceptions must include provision of special arrangements for the students for whom conflicts are generated by such an exception.

Evening Preliminary Examinations


The most convenient times and places for “prelims” are the normal class time and classrooms.  In cases where the only alternative is to hold evening preliminary examinations, they may be scheduled only on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and only after 7:30 p.m. 

An alternative time to take the examination must be provided for those students who have academic, religious, athletic, or employment conflicts at the time scheduled.

Note that instructors holding evening examinations are strongly urged to indicate this in the course descriptions and must notify students of the dates of such examinations as early as possible in the semester, preferably when the course outline is distributed.  For more information on the policy governing evening examinations, contact the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 315 Day Hall, deanoffaculty@cornell.edu.

The prelim schedule is available at registrar.sas.cornell.edu/Sched/exams.html.

Final Examinations


The academic calendar sets aside, after the last week of classes, a four-day study period followed by a period for final examinations.  The Office of the University Registrar assigns to every course a specific day and time during final examination period at which time the course’s final exam, if any, will take place.  The designated final exam days and times are scheduled to minimize conflicts and spread students’ workloads as evenly as possible over the exam period.

The schedule for final examinations is available online at registrar.sas.cornell.edu/Sched/exams.html.

Advances in pedagogy and variations in practice across fields have broadened the range of commonly used end-of-semester evaluative exercises beyond traditional sit-down final examinations.  The rules and guidelines governing exams aim to protect students from unreasonable demands on their time while simultaneously providing instructors the flexibility to design evaluative exercises appropriate to their courses. 

The rules and policies governing exams are available at registrar.sas.cornell.edu/Sched/Rules.html.



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