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Q: I missed a final exam because I was sick.
What can I do?

A: If you missed an exam due to a valid reason (medical or family emergencies), you may apply for a deferred examination.
Students must make an application at the Student Affairs Office and provide supporting documentation. The application deadlines are January 15 for Fall term courses and May 15 for Winter and spanned term courses. The Deferred Examination Application is available on your Student Menu on MinervaThe schedule is available on line at ExaminationsIt is up to the student to verify the schedule for the dates and times and locations of the approved deferred exam(s).


Q: I didn’t do well on my final exam. Can I re-write the exam?

A: Normaly, all courses having formal final examinations (including take-home examinations and examinations invigilated in the department) must have supplemental examinations. As a rule, all the examinable material in the course is subject to examination in the supplemental. 

Students who receive a mark of D, F, J or U in a course may apply at the Student Affairs Office to write the supplemental examination, provided that they are in a position to improve on their original mark by so doing and are eligible for supplemental privileges. The supplemental examination will carry at least the same weight in the calculation of the supplemental mark as the final exam carried in the calculation of the original grade. The supplemental exam may, of course, count for 100% of the supplemental mark, and instructors are encouraged to set supplemental examinations of this type where appropriate. Supplemental marks are entered on the student's record separately from, and do not replace, the original mark of D, F, J or U. They are clearly designated as supplemental and are only included in calculations of the cumulative grade point average. The deadline for applications for supplementals for the fall-term courses is March 2, and July 15 for the winter-term courses and courses spanning fall and winter terms.

Except with special permission from the Director, Internships & Student Affairs, the maximum number of credits allowed in a supplemental examination period is 8 credits. Students should lighten their course load, where possible, to accommodate the extra work involved in preparing for supplementals.

If a student does not write a supplemental examination after receiving permission to do so, it is not necessary to withdraw the application formally. No mention of the application will be made on the student's academic record.

However, if a student does not write a supplemental examination after receiving permission to do so, the application fee will not be refunded, nor will the student be permitted to apply again for a supplemental examination in the same course at a later date.

No supplemental examinations are available to students who fail to achieve satisfactory grades in a course with a deferred examination.