The University calendar is prepared by the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs in accordance with guidelines established by the University Faculty Senate and is subject to its approval. The calendar indicates dates for freshman orientation, registration, classes, the last week of classes, examinations, the meeting of the Faculty Assembly, Commencement, and official holidays. The academic year has two semesters of sixteen to seventeen weeks each, the first running from late August to about mid-December, and the second from early January to early May.
Days of Special Concern
Faculty members are required to make reasonable accommodation for Days of Special Concern, which are listed in the Schedule of Courses. They may choose to excuse absences resulting from these observances. Alternatively, they may choose to cover all reasons for student absences with a blanket absence policy. For example, they may allow students a specified number of unpenalized absences or permit students to drop the lowest quiz grade. If this blanket absence policy is meant to extend to Days of Special Concern, the instructor must state this clearly on the syllabus at the beginning of the term. The Student Instruction Committee of the Faculty Senate with the support of the Office of the Provost recommends that faculty, on a voluntary basis, consider including a social justice statement in each course syllabus.
Students who will miss an examination or a field trip due to a Day of Special Concern absence should notify their instructors at the beginning of the term. Faculty are instructed to make reasonable accommodation for students who miss scheduled exams or field trips as a result of such observance.
Last Week of Classes
The only examinations permitted during the last week of classes are final examinations for evening classes (6:00 pm or later), practical laboratory tests, make-up examinations, and regularly scheduled short quizzes.
All final examinations, unless otherwise approved by the University, must be given according to this schedule. The only tests permitted during the week of classes preceding finals are final examinations for evening classes (classes meeting at 6 pm or later or classes meeting at 4 pm or later if the class meets once a week), practical laboratory tests, make-up examinations, and regularly scheduled short quizzes. If a student has more than three final examinations in one day, the student may make arrangements to take one of the examinations on a different day. Finals are held in classrooms regularly scheduled unless students are otherwise notified.