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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Aug 18, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018

Attendance, Meeting Times, and Exams


 

Attendance

Students are expected to be present throughout each semester at all meetings of classes for which they are enrolled. The right to excuse a student from class rests at all times with the instructor of that class.

In accordance with Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law, any student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs must be given an equivalent opportunity to enroll in classes or make up any 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 such equivalent opportunities.  In order to facilitate preparation of makeup exams, students intending to be absent in order to observe religious holidays are requested to notify the instructor by the end of the first full week of classes.

Class Meeting Times


50 minutes 8:00am-8:50am Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  9:05am-9:55am Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  10:10am-11:00am Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  11:15am-12:05pm Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  12:20pm-1:10pm Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  1:25pm-2:15pm Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  2:30pm-3:20pm Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  3:35pm-4:25pm Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, Friday
  7:30pm-8:20pm Monday, Wednesday
  8:35pm-9:25pm Monday, Wednesday
     
75 minutes 8:40am-9:55am Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday
  10:10am-11:25am Tuesday/Thursday
  11:40am-12:55pm Tuesday/Thursday
  1:25pm-2:40pm Tuesday/Thursday
  2:55pm-4:10pm Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday
  7:30pm-8:45pm Monday/Wednesday
     
Laboratories and similar exercises:
 
1 hour 55 minutes 8:00am-9:55am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  10:10am-12:05pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  12:20pm-2:15pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  2:30pm-4:25pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  7:30pm-9:25pm Monday, Wednesday
     
2 hours 25 minutes 7:30am-9:55am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  10:10am-12:35pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  2:00pm-4:25pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  7:30pm-9:55pm Monday, Wednesday
     
3 hours 8:00am-11:00am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  10:10am-1:10pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  1:25pm-4:25pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  7:30pm-10:30pm Monday, Wednesday
     

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.  Tuesday and Thursday evenings are reserved for evening examinations and therefore shall remain free from classes and laboratory exercises.

On Monday and Wednesday evenings only regularly scheduled courses, and prelims previously approved by the Office of the University Faculty are permitted. Other evening academic activities commencing at or after 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays are not allowed. 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. 

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.  If an evening prelim is scheduled, 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.

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.cornell.edu/exams.

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 a specific day and time for a course’s final exam, or final project due date.  The designated final exam days and times are scheduled to minimize conflicts and spread students’ workloads as evenly as possible over the exam period. It is university policy to minimize the occurrence of more than two examinations for a student in a twenty-four hour time period.

Schedules for final examinations, and due dates for end of semester projects, papers and take home exams are made available online at registrar.cornell.edu/exams.

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.cornell.edu/exams/final-exam-policies.



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