Final Examinations

University Policy 202, Final Examinations

Executive Summary: 

Normally, the completion of a course will include a final examination; however, it is the instructor's prerogative not to have an examination if the course organization is such that an examination is not appropriate. The official examination schedule will be published by the University Registrar each semester.

The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina has enacted regulations (UNC Policy Manual, Chapter 400.1.6) for the minimum number of class days per semester and academic year.  All UNC campuses must ensure that every course offered for academic credit adheres to the standard minimum requirements of instructional time for the semester and academic year, and the final exam period is counted toward these minimums.  The normal expectation is that the completion of a course will include a final examination; however, it is the instructor's prerogative not to have an examination if the course organization is such that an examination is not appropriate.

Procedures and Regulations
  1. The University Registrar will publish the official final examination schedule each semester.

  2. If an examination is given, the responsibility for administering it at the assigned period rests with the course instructor.

  3. A departure from the published schedule may be made at the request of the instructor provided it meets with the consent of every student in the class and does not cause any additional exam conflicts for the students.  Requests for any changes to the published final exam schedule must be communicated to the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible and no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled exam.  Final exams are not allowed to be scheduled on Reading Day.

  4.  It is the policy of UNC Charlotte that students having three examinations on the same day should be allowed to reschedule the middle examination.  Students with two examinations scheduled at the same time on the same day should be allowed to reschedule one of the examinations by completing the Final Examination Conflict Form.  

  5. Whenever possible, final course grades should be submitted within three days of the officially scheduled final exam day.  The ultimate deadline for submitting semester grades is published in the academic calendar and shall be no fewer than two days after the last day of finals.  If course grades are not received in time for processing, a temporary administrative symbol of NG will be assigned. 

Revision History: 
  • Initially approved April 30, 1984
  • Revised March 10, 1997
  • Revised May 23, 2007
  • Revised July 10, 2012

Authority: Chancellor

Responsible Office: Academic Affairs

Related Resources: UNC Charlotte Academic Procedure: Final Examinations