FACULTY AND STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDELINES
V. Assignments and Evaluations
A. Assignments and Evaluations
Faculty members are required to make appropriate assignments and to make periodic assessments of the progress of their students. Systematic evaluation of students’ work is an important part of the teaching-learning process. Evaluations may take many forms and may vary in number and scope, depending on the objectives and purpose of the course. Faculty members must inform their classes in writing at the beginning of the semester as to the nature and timing of major evaluations, including the final evaluation. Faculty members must give students timely information about the results of evaluations and must give students an opportunity to review their progress and to discuss their evaluations.
B. Study Week
The week immediately preceding the final examination period each semester is reserved as a time in which students may concentrate on completing course work and preparing for final examinations. Only laboratory examinations omitted from the Final Examination Schedule are permitted during Study Week. The University prohibits all other examinations and extended assignments during Study Week.
C. Final Examinations and Evaluations
While evaluation details are properly left to individual faculty members and their departments, it is the responsibility of each faculty member to conduct a final evaluation for each student in each undergraduate course for which the faculty member is responsible. All undergraduate courses will be assumed to require a final evaluation unless a petition for variance is included as part of the course proposal or is granted prior to the start of the semester. It is the chairperson’s responsibility, in consultation with the departmental faculty as necessary, to ensure that proper evaluations are conducted.
A time for each final examination or evaluation may be found at http://registrar.ua.edu/academics/final-exam-schedules/, and again in the Final Examination Schedule which is distributed shortly before the end of the semester. Normally, final examinations can be held only at the assigned time. The only exceptions to this policy occur when the academic dean approves a change in time before the semester begins and students are informed of this decision at the beginning of the course; where time conflicts result from such a change, priority shall be given to examinations which comply with the Final Examination Schedule.
D. Opportunities for Making Up Examinations and Assignments
Students should be given the opportunity to hand in assignments and to make up work missed due to legitimate circumstances beyond the students’ control. Methods for making up missed assignments may vary from course to course and from discipline to discipline but normally should be the same from student to student within the same course. The appropriate method(s) used for each course must be stated in the course syllabus provided each student at the start of the semester.