Final examinations

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Fall 2019 examinations

December 6-21, 2019

Important information

In the event that the University is closed during final examinations, the examinations will be rescheduled on the next available day, including Sunday, on which examinations have not been scheduled. Specific make-up dates will be announced on the University of Waterloo homepage.

  • Student travel plans are not considered acceptable grounds for granting an alternative examination time.
  • Final examinations must be no longer than 2.5 hours in duration. The examination periods will be:
    • 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • If an instructor schedules a final examination during the formal examination period outside the above times, suitable alternative time arrangements must be provided by the instructor, within the standard Monday to Saturday time slots, for any students who request an alternative time.
  • Examinations will be shown in alphabetical order on the final examination schedule.
  • Examinations will be written in the location(s) indicated.
  • Unless indicated, it is understood that all divisions and sections of a course (excluding Online course sections) listed on this schedule must write the exam at the time noted.
  • Examinations in courses and/or divisions and/or sections not on this timetable will be scheduled by the Department. Obtain full information from your instructor.
  • Students must present their photo identification (WatCard) at each examination sitting.
  • In response to student concerns and in support of academic integrity initiatives, students are now prohibited from consuming food and drinks (with the exception of water in a clear bottle with no label) during their final examinations. Students can, however, make arrangements for a short nutrition break with a Proctor outside the exam venue during the final exam.

    If a single short break will not be sufficient because a student is medically required to consume food or drinks regularly during a final exam, the student must register for special accommodations with AccessAbility Services and must submit appropriate documentation from a recognized professional at least three weeks prior to the start of the final examination period.

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