If a student cannot write their final exam as scheduled due to illness or for compassionate reasons, an exam accommodation may be granted. The student must complete the exam accommodation request form (at least 24 hours in advance whenever possible) and will be asked to provide original documentation as needed to support their application. See academic calendar section 10.8.

In what cases are exam accommodations granted?

Exam accommodations may be granted in exceptional circumstances. These may include:

  • illness
  • death/funeral of a family member
  • scheduled surgery or specialized medical appointment
  • car accident/breakdown
  • severe weather
  • travel issues
  • religious observance

Please note that holiday arrangements, work/sport/social commitments, misreading the schedule, failure to arrange transportation, arriving late to or sleeping through the exam, etc. are not grounds to request exam accommodations through the registrar’s office. In these instances, students may appeal directly to the instructor and accommodations may be granted at the instructor’s discretion.  

What forms of accommodations are available?

The course instructor will decide the appropriate accommodation. This may include:

  • rescheduling the exam during the exam period
  • rescheduling the exam after the exam period (deferred exam)
  • a take-home exam
  • an essay or assignment in lieu of the exam
  • a final grade based on completed in-course work

How will I be informed if an accommodation is granted?

If your exam has been rescheduled, you will be notified by the registrar’s office by e-mail. Please note that if you do not write your exam as scheduled, a grade of ‘0’ will be submitted for the exam. 

If you have not received a response from the registrar’s office by the time your exam is scheduled, you should plan to write your exam as originally scheduled unless your circumstances prevent you from writing.