Regarding Final Exams in Spring 2020
May 6, 2020
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
In response to questions that have arisen recently, here are five items that might be helpful:
- Exam Schedule: Final exams need to follow the final exam schedule posted on the website of the office of the registrar.
- Synchronous/Asynchronous: As implied by the previous item, formal “final examinations” must be administered during the two-hour slots specified in the schedule. But other types of activities that would not take place in a prescribed two-hour slot in a normal semester—papers, projects of various sorts, and oral presentations, etc.—may run during a time period you set, for example, from Sunday@10am to Wednesday@5pm.
- Conflicts: Faculty are encouraged to make arrangements with students who notify them of conflicts in their exam schedules to provide alternate arrangements. Such arrangements may include make-up exams, keeping in mind that students taking a make-up at a different time from the rest of the class should not be given the same exam.
- Use of Blackboard for Conflict Exams: Faculty using Blackboard for conducting their exams are encouraged to review Blackboard’s features that allow selective access to exams to specific students. Such a setup will allow faculty to specify visibility of exams to specific students who are taking a conflict exam. Please review the blackboard settings under “Blackboard Test Availability Exceptions – PDF Guide” in the Faculty Handbook: https://provost.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty-handbook/#b
- Use of Blackboard for Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities also can be accommodated by adapting the settings in Blackboard to increase the length of time a test is available to a specific set of students. See “Blackboard Test Availability Exceptions – PDF Guide” in the Faculty Handbook: https://provost.baruch.cuny.edu/faculty-handbook/#b
All best wishes,
Dennis Slavin, PhD
Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President
Baruch College, CUNY