Deferred final exam policy

How to apply for an Economics Deferred Final Exam

If you have compelling and verifiable evidence that you are unable to write a final exam at the scheduled time, you must follow this procedure to apply for a deferred exam. 

  1. Read this entire web page to understand the Economics deferred final exam policy.
  2. Submit your documentation to the Arts Verification of Illness or Extenuating Circumstances Process:
    • You will receive a confirmation email from the Arts Undergraduate Office once your documentation has been processed. You do not need to wait for the notification to complete the remaining steps.
    • If you do not have documentation, you may skip to Step 3.
  3. Download the deferred final exam request form (PDF) and rename the form per below:
    • ECON_LastName_FirstName_StudentID Deferred Exam Request.pdf
  4. Fill in the form completely using Adobe and digitally sign the document.
  5. Email the completed form to within 2 business days of the missed final exam.

Important notes:

  • If you miss more than one final exam in your economics courses, you must complete a separate request form. You may attach multiple request forms in one email. You only need to submit your documentation to the Arts Faculty Verification of Illness or Extenuating Circumstances Process once.
  • You will be notified at your University of Waterloo e-mail address whether your request is approved or denied; it is your responsibility to ensure that your UW email account is working properly.
  • If approved, you will be informed of a new date to write the exam. You must be available until the end of the final exam period.

Deferred final exam policy

This policy is consistent with the Registrar’s Office Accommodation Due to Illness policy.

Deferrals of final examinations are not automatic upon the presentation of suitable medical verification. We will use this documentation together with other information to determine whether accommodation is warranted.

By university policy, students are required to write their final examinations as scheduled. In extenuating circumstances, students may request a deferred final exam. However, the following are not considered legitimate reasons for requesting a deferred exam:

  • Requesting more time to study.
  • Travel arrangements during the final exam period.
  • Illnesses that are not supported with proper documentation.
  • Misreading the final exam schedule.
  • Contradictory information (e.g. write one exam but not another on the same day without explanation).
    • Should this be the case, your request may be forwarded to the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Students for a potential Policy 71 violation.
  • A full or busy final exam schedule (the policy on time conflicts and overlaps is outlined in the Registrar’s Office’s final exam relief information).
* Please note, requests for deferred examinations will not be accepted if any of the following circumstances exist:
  • You have not written any of the midterms for your course or your final exam is worth more than 90% of your course grade.
  • You fail to provide supporting documentation explaining why you missed the final exam.
  • You missed the Registrar’s Office deadline for final exam relief for a busy/conflicting exam schedule.
  • Your deferred final exam request is excessively late.

How to fill out the form

Ensure you complete the entire form. You may add additional pages if needed. Please submit only one .pdf form per course.

Final Exam Schedule Section

Use this key to fill in your final exam chart:

Course: enter course and section number.

Final Exam Schedule: enter day of week, date, start and end time; enter “N/A” for a course with no final exam.

Status: Completed You have already written the final exam for this course.

  • Request DFE You are requesting a deferred final exam for this course.
  • To write You will write the final exam for this course (you do not need a deferred exam).
  • No exam This course has no final exam.
  • N/A Provide explanation if none of the above applies (attach additional pages if needed).

Here is an example of a completed chart:

  Course Day of the Week Date Start-End Time Status
1 MATH 128-002 Monday Apr 15 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Completed
2 ECON 206-002 Tuesday Apr 19 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Request DFE
3 CS 100-003 Wednesday Apr 20 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Request DFE from Math
4 ECON 391-001 Saturday Apr 22 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. To Write
5 ENGL 109-001 N/A N/A N/A No exam

Frequently asked questions

I missed a midterm due to illness; what do I do?

This policy applies to final exams only. Please refer to your course outline or speak to your course instructor about missed midterms.

I missed a final exam due to illness; where do I submit my request?

How long do I have to submit my request?

Do I need supporting documentation?

I missed more than one ECON exam; can I submit one form for all of my courses?

No. You must complete a separate form for each missed exam but only need to submit supporting documentation once to the Arts Verification of Illness or Extenuating Circumstances Process:

I missed an exam in a non-ECON course; what do I do?

When and how will I know if my request was approved or denied?

You will likely receive a response within 10 business days, via e-mail to your uWaterloo account.

If I am approved to write a deferred exam, when will I write it?

You should be prepared to write the exam at any given time during the final exam period, or during the next term. Do not assume that you will write the exam at the end of the next term.

My deferral request was approved, but I already made travel plans before deferring my exam; what should I do?

Travel plans are not a legitimate reason for deferring a final exam, or for missing a deferred exam. Students need to be available during the entire final exam period, including to write a deferred exam. It is expected that you will make all possible accommodations to write a deferred final exam in the beginning of the next academic term if your deferred exam needs to be scheduled as such.

My deferral request was approved, can I access LEARN materials from my class?

According to IST policy, access to courses on LEARN is made available to students on the first day of classes. Access to courses from the previous term will be disabled on that day as well. It is the responsibility of students writing deferred final exams to ensure that they save course materials posted on LEARN during the term.

Will I be writing an exam prepared by my own course instructor?

Yes. The deferred exam will be prepared by your course instructor based on the material covered when you took the course.

Updated Winter 2024. This policy has been in effect since Fall 2013.