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A Faculty final examination counting for between one-third and two-thirds of the final mark must be held in each 100-series course, unless exemption has been granted by the Faculty of Arts & Science. Courses in the 200-series will normally have a final examination.  In 200-, 300- and 400-series courses, the Departments will decide whether or not an examination is appropriate. The ratio of term work to examination mark will be the same for all sections of multi-section courses that have final examinations. The relative value of each part of a written examination must be indicated on the question paper.

Final examinations are held at the end of each session or sub-session. Students taking courses during the day may be required to write evening examinations, and students taking evening courses may be required to write examinations during the day. Examinations may be held on Saturdays. Students who make personal commitments during the examination period do so at their own risk. No special consideration is given and no special arrangements are made in the event of conflicts resulting from personal commitments.

Students who are unable to write their examinations due to illness, etc., should contact their College Registrar (see "Petitions Regarding Examinations" in the Calendar).

Students who have two Faculty final examinations at the same time, or three consecutive Faculty final examinations (e.g., morning, afternoon, evening; or afternoon, evening, next morning) should report the conflict to the Office of the Faculty Registrar by the deadline shown on the examination schedule. Information regarding dates, times and locations of examinations will not be given by telephone or email; for the most up to date examination timetable see above..

Students who cannot write a final examination at the scheduled time because of a religious obligation should report this conflict to the Office of the Faculty Registrar as soon as the conflict is known, and no later than the deadline shown on the examination schedule.

CELL PHONES: Make sure your cell phone is turned off and not on your person.  Check your pockets before you settle in. Possession of a cell phone is an academic offence, and if you are caught with one, you will be sanctioned. You can avoid being charged with a cell phone offence in three ways: (1) leave your phone at home, or (2) turn your phone off and leave it with the rest of your belongings at the side or front of the room, or (3) if you brought a bag (paper, transparent plastic or non-transparent plastic), you can store these items inside it under your chair (as long as the bag is large enough): cell phone, wallet, laptop computer and any small electronic devices such as calculator. As long as you put your phone in the bag and place it under the desk before the exam begins, you will not be considered to be “in possession” of a phone. Of course, you will not be able to touch the bag until after the exam ends.