Except under certain specified circumstances, Senate Regulation (SR) 772 (cited below) requires that final examinations be given in all undergraduate courses. Final examinations may be given in graduate courses.
Requirement for Final Examinations
Final examinations are required in all undergraduate courses, except as provided elsewhere in this Regulation (772). Whenever practicable each such examination shall be written and must be completed by all participants within a previously announced time limit. Examinations in non-laboratory courses may not exceed three hours' duration.
Examinations are normally not required in laboratory courses or their equivalent, as individually determined by the appropriate Committee on Courses. At its option, the department concerned may require a final examination in any laboratory course, subject to prior announcement in the schedule of classes for the term in question; see Faculty and Staff Resources.
With the approval of the appropriate Committee on Courses and upon recommendation of the department concerned, the final examination may be omitted in any undergraduate course or sets of courses either once or for a longer period.
At the end of the term in which a student is expected to be graduated, the student's major department may examine the student in the field of the major, may excuse the student from final examinations in courses offered by the department during that term, and, with the approval of the appropriate Committee on Courses, may assign a credit value to such general examination.
(source: Academic Senate Regulation 772)
Online/hybrid course midterm and final examinations (generally required in all undergraduate courses) must be proctored to ensure that the person taking the examination is the student receiving credit. Examinations must be given in a traditional classroom or an Academic Senate approved testing center; see below. Exceptions must assure that examinations reflect individual student work and that a student's rights are protected under Academic Senate Davis Division Regulation 538 (B & C).
The Student Disability Center (SDC) and Undergraduate Education are partnering in a limited pilot program to develop a testing center. The purpose of the testing center is to provide a proctored exam environment for SDC students with medical-need accommodations such as extended time, separate locations, and test assistants. More information on the Testing Center pilot project can be found here.
Other UC testing centers can be found at the Consortium of College Testing Centers, approved by the National College Testing Association (NCTA).
Take-Home Final Examinations
At the instructor’s option, a final examination in any course other than an on-line course* may be wholly or in part of the take-home type. All examinations for on-line courses must be proctored to ensure that the person taking the examination is the student receiving credit. In accordance with SR 772(A), in undergraduate courses, the writing time of a take-home final examination and an in-class final examination together may not exceed three hours.
Scheduling of Final Examinations
In each course for which a final examination is required, each student shall have the right to take a final examination (or, when the instructor has so opted, to submit a take-home examination) at the time and on the date published in the Class Search Tool. For on-line courses, the University Registrar will offer to the instructor of each on-line class the option to have the final in the last time slot on the last day of finals or at a time on dead day* to be negotiated between the University Registrar and the instructor. Students shall be notified of the time and place of the final on or before the first day of instruction.
In each course (other than in an on-line course) for which a midterm examination is required, each student shall have the right to take a midterm examination (or, when the instructor has so opted, to submit a take-home examination) during one of the scheduled meetings of the class published in the Class Search Tool.
Changing a Midterm or Final Examination Date
Holding a final or midterm examination (or setting a deadline for submission of a take-home examination) at a time not specified in (538 C) or (538 D) requires the mutual consent of the instructor and all students involved in the change (other than in an on-line course). Any student who does not consent in writing to the different time must be permitted to take an examination (and/or submit a take-home examination) at the officially scheduled time. A student who consents in writing to the change of examination time waives the right cited in (538 C) or (538 D).
Any departures from the published examination schedule should be carried out so as not to disadvantage students who are unable to accept the alternative examination schedule. An in-class final examination may not be rescheduled for a date earlier than the first day of final week. The due date for a take-home final examination may not be rescheduled for a date earlier than the first day of finals week. In the case of on-line courses, the published examination schedule is that announced no later than the first day of class in accordance with 538(C), and finals may be scheduled or rescheduled to occur on dead day.*
Students wishing to adjust their final exam schedule because of multiple exams on the same day may discuss their problem with the instructors of the courses. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have not enrolled in courses with conflicting final examination times. There is no regulation mandating a change.
Release of Examination Materials
An instructor may release to individual students their original final examinations (or copies thereof) at any time. Otherwise the instructor shall retain final examination materials, or a copy thereof, until the end of the next regular term, during which period students shall have access to their examinations.
Credit by Examination
Academic credit by examination is available to students registered at the Davis campus under the following rules:
If a student takes the examination during the summer, the credit will be awarded during the appropriate summer session. Students are required to pay the per-unit summer session fees for the unit credit being added by examination. Current summer session fees may be found at Summer Sessions Fees.
The privilege of taking an examination for credit usually will be granted only to students (undergraduate and graduate) enrolled in UC Davis degree programs who are in good standing and are registered either in the current quarter or semester, or in the spring quarter or semester prior to a summer session in which the examination is taken (Academic Senate Reg. 540 and 542). Application shall be made on a petition form available from the Registrar.
Form and instructions can be found here.
Credit by examination may be applied for in any course listed in the current General Catalog. The application must be approved by the instructor who will administer the examination and by the dean of the student’s college or school, in the case of an undergraduate student, or the Dean of Graduate Studies, in the case of a graduate student. The instructor will specify the examination date.
The application, if approved by the appropriate dean, is forwarded to the Registrar, who issues to the student a permit for the examination and sends notice of the action to the instructor or examiner by whom the examination is to be conducted. The examination may not be taken until the permit has been issued.
Credit by examination is not available (a) if such credit would duplicate credit presented by the student for admission to the University; (b) in elementary courses in a foreign language which is the native tongue of the applicant; or (c) in subjects for which the University has no competent examiner.
Credit earned by examination may not be applied toward satisfaction of the General Education requirement.
The final result of a student’s work in an examination for credit shall be reported to the Registrar in terms of the following grades: A, B, C, D, F, P, NP, S, U. The “I” grade (incomplete) is not acceptable. Optional P/NP or S/U grading is subject to approval by the appropriate dean.