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Term Work, Tests and Examinations

Term Work

Term work includes reports, assignments, essays, tests and other written work assigned in a course with the exception of final examinations.

Deadline for Submission

Term work must be submitted by the first day of the official examination period of the term in which the course ends. Instructors, departments and divisions may, however, set earlier deadlines for the submission of term work.

Tests and Examinations

Tests and examinations are important parts of the educational process. They must be conducted under fair conditions which allow students to demonstrate what they have learned. Disruptions or attempts to obtain an unfair advantage are offences against academic process and carry severe penalties. (See Senate Policy on Academic Honesty and Student Code of Conduct at The following regulations apply to tests and examinations.


Students who are being tested or examined are required to present their YU-card with a photo or their YU-card without a photo plus a photo-bearing form of identification such as a driver's licence or passport.

Answer Booklets

Answer booklets are the property of the University. Test papers, examination booklets and other answer forms remain the property of the University unless they are released by an instructor. Students may not remove them from the test or examination room without permission; nor may they possess blank examination booklets.

Students' Right to Review

Students may always have the opportunity, under properly controlled conditions, to review and discuss their graded test and examination answers, but final examination answer booklets (and at the discretion of the course director, other answer booklets) remain the property of the University, and are retained by the teaching unit for a certain period of time before they are destroyed.

Tests and Examinations During the Term

Restriction at End of Term

In the fall/winter session, the total value of any test(s) or examination(s) given in the last two weeks of classes in a term must be no more than 20 per cent of the final mark for the course.

Scheduling of Tests

Except where testing is conducted during individual appointments which accommodate the schedules of students (for example: individual oral interviews in language courses, individually scheduled make-up tests), tests or examinations given during the term must be held within the hours regularly scheduled for the course in question.

Students' Right of Refusal

Students who are asked to write tests or examinations in contravention of the preceding two regulations may refuse to do so without academic penalty; they also have the right to raise the matter with the Chair of the department or the division in which the course is offered, or with the dean.

Formally Scheduled Examinations

Final Examination Period

There is a final examination period at the end of each term.

Examination Schedules

The dates and times of formally scheduled examinations are listed on the Current Students Web site ( Examinations may last two or three hours.

Missed Examinations

A student who misses an examination should contact the Registrar's Office within 48 hours of the examination. A student who wishes to write a make- up examination must petition for deferred standing in the course.

Rewriting of Examinations

The Faculty of Arts has no provision for the rewriting of a final examination to improve a mark.