What should I do if I'm going to, or already have, missed an exam?
Consult the Examinations section of the Student Guide and the Examinations Policy for information on your exam rights and responsibilities.
If you miss an exam because of a sudden illness or personal/family emergency, it is important to contact your instructor immediately (or as soon as reasonably possible) in order to make alternative arrangements. If you are not able to reach your instructor, call and/or email the department and leave details of your situation. Make a note of who you spoke to and when and/or keep copies of your emails.
If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend an exam due to circumstances beyond your control, you should request an alternative examination time or date from your instructor . If the request is granted, your instructor will determine an alternative time and date for the exam. If you are not able to resolve the issue with your instructor, contact your Chair/Program Director as soon as possible.
Remember that if you request a re-test because of medical or compassionate grounds that you may be required to present relevant documentation.
What does it mean if I get an INC?
An instructor may give you an INC (incomplete) instead of a number grade if the work you have handed in thus far for a course is at passing level but you still have some work to complete or you missed the final exam due to medical or compassionate circumstances. Alternatively, you may request an INC for the same reasons by contacting your instructor within 3 days of the end of the course or missed exam and providing relevant documentation.
If you receive an INC make sure you receive a written statement outlining what outstanding work you need to complete and by when. Note that the deadline for finishing course work after an INC is 3 months. If you miss the deadline for submitting your work your INC will be changed to an F.
What about missing classes?
Regular attendance in classes, seminars and labs is expected in order for students to get the most out of their academic experience.
General policy information about attendance can be found in the Undergraduate Student Guide and the Undergraduate Calendar. For more specific information:
- Check your COURSE OUTLINE to determine whether or not attendance is required and/or whether there will be marks assigned for class participation/attendance.
- Check your Department/School HANDBOOK to see if notification and/or documentation is required for absences.
As a courtesy, if you are going to be missing several classes due to personal or family reasons, you may want to let your professor know in advance (whenever possible), and discuss what you may be missing.