Final Examinations Schedule

Final Examination Dates

December 8-15, 2021

Last Day of Classes – Friday, December 3
Study Days: Saturday, December 4 – Tuesday, December 7
No final examinations may be scheduled on Study Days.

Final Examination Policy for all Fall and Spring Courses Scheduled in Standard Sessions

There are two “standard session” options for fall and spring classes. Courses in standard sessions include a scheduled final examination. Standard session 061 does not include a scheduled final examination.

For all standard session courses, the last scheduled day of class is required instructional time. For courses scheduled in a standard session, a final examination or other final summative experience is required during the published final examination week. For courses scheduled in standard session 061, there is no final examination week.

Final examinations or other final summative experiences may not be scheduled during the Study Days period.

No deviations from the published examination period are permitted for courses scheduled in a standard session during the fall and spring semesters, unless faculty have authorization in advance from the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP). CAPP will not consider any faculty request for rescheduling a final examination without unanimous written consent of all students in the class. Contact the Registrar’s Office (213-740-4623 or registrar@usc.edu) for the request form and procedures.

Standard Session 001 Dates: 8/23/2021 to 12/3/2021

Finals Week: 12/8/2021 to 12/15/2021

Student Scheduling Conflicts

No student is permitted to omit or take early a final examination and no instructor is authorized to permit a student to do so.

Students should plan in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts in their final examinations. If a student is scheduled for two final examinations at the same time, the student should request to take one of the examinations on a different day or time. If a student is scheduled for more than two final examinations in one day, the student may request to take one of the exams on a different day or time. In either situation the student must contact the professors involved no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled examination date and request an accommodation. If an accommodation cannot be arranged, the student should contact USC Testing Services at academic.programs@usc.edu.

Faculty are reminded that grades are due 96 hours after the university-scheduled final examination day and time. Therefore, it might not be possible to accommodate late student requests for an alternate, makeup final examination after the published examination period.

Religious Observance Conflicts

When a final examination is scheduled at a time that conflicts with a student’s observance of a holy day, faculty members should accommodate a request for an alternate examination date and time. A student must discuss a final examination conflict with the professor no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled examination date to arrange an acceptable alternate examination date and time.

The student and/or professor may reach out to the Office of Religious Life (213-740-6110 or vasoni@usc.edu, Dean of Religious Life) for guidance.

Documented Emergencies

In the case of a documented emergency that occurs after the withdrawal date and/or during the
final exam period, students should consult the professor about receiving a grade of Incomplete (IN) for the semester. Faculty and students alike should refer to the rules regarding the mark of Incomplete at the time of the request.

The Registrar’s recommended definition of emergency:

“An unforeseeable situation or event beyond the student’s control that prevents her from taking the final examination or final summative experience.” Based on this definition, a student may not request an IN before the withdrawal deadline. The rationale is that the student has the option to drop the course until the withdrawal date. The grade of IN exists so there is a remedy for illness or emergency which occurs after the deadline to withdraw.

Final Examinations Schedule (Updated as of February 19, 2021)

Class Start Time Examination Day Hour
8 or 8:30 MWF Wednesday, December 8 8-10 a.m.
9 or 9:30 MWF Monday, December 13 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 or 10:30 MWF Monday, December 13 8-10 a.m.
11 or 11:30 MWF Wednesday, December 8 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
12 or 12:30 MWF Friday, December 10 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
1 or 1:30 MWF Wednesday, December 15 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 or 2:30 MWF Friday, December 10 2-4 p.m.
3 or 3:30 MWF Monday, December 13 2-4 p.m.
8 or 8:30 TTh Tuesday, December 14 4:30-6:30 p.m.
9 or 9:30 or 10-10:50 TTh Thursday, December 9 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
11 or 11:30 or 10-11:50 TTh Tuesday, December 14 8-10 a.m.
12 or 12:30 or 1 TTh Tuesday, December 14 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 or 2:30 TTh Thursday, December 9 2-4 p.m.
3 or 3:30 TTh Tuesday, December 14 2-4 p.m.
4 or starting after 4 but before 6 p.m. 4:30-6:30 p.m. first scheduled class period, December 8-15
6 or any class after 6 p.m. meeting once weekly 7-9 p.m. first scheduled class period, December 8-15
6 p.m. MW Wednesday, December 8 7-9 p.m.
6 p.m. TTh Thursday, December 9 7-9 p.m.
8 p.m. MW Monday, December 13 7-9 p.m.
8 p.m. TTh Tuesday, December 14 7-9 p.m.
8 or 8:30 MWF Wednesday, December 8 8-10 a.m.
9 or 9:30 MWF Monday, December 13 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Classes with first meeting on M or
W or F
Same as MWF
Classes with first meeting on T or Th Same as TTh
Saturday mornings only Saturday, December 11 2-4 p.m.

Exceptions

The Exceptions Schedule does not apply to class meetings beginning at 4 p.m. or later unless the examination time shown in the Exceptions Schedule begins at 4 p.m. or later.

Department and Course Number Examination Day Hour
Accounting 370, 377 Wednesday, Dec. 8 2-4 p.m.
Mathematics 118, 125, 126, 129, 226, 229 Wednesday, Dec. 8 2-4 p.m.
Physics 135b Wednesday, Dec. 8 2-4 p.m.
Business Administration 311, 311T Thursday, Dec. 9 8-10 a.m.
Chemistry 105a, 107, 115a, 322a, 325a Thursday, Dec. 9 8-10 a.m.
Business Administration 280, 305 Friday, Dec. 10 8-10 a.m.
Computer Science 360 Friday, Dec. 10 8-10 a.m.
Physics 135a, 152 Friday, Dec. 10 8-10 a.m.
French 120, 150, 220 Saturday, Dec. 11 8-10 a.m.
Italian 120, 150, 220, 175 Saturday, Dec. 11 8-10 a.m.
Computer Science 102, 103, 104, 201 Saturday, Dec. 11 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Computer Science 356 Saturday, Dec. 11 4:30-6:30 p.m.
East Asian Languages and Cultures 104, 106, 115, 117, 120, 122, 204, 206, 215, 220 Saturday, Dec. 11 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Business Administration 310, 312, 425 Saturday, Dec. 11 2-4 p.m.
Electrical Engineering 109, 457 Saturday, Dec. 11 2-4 p.m.
Spanish 120, 150, 220, 240 Saturday, Dec. 11 4:30-6:30 p.m.
German 101, 102, 201 Saturday, Dec. 11 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Physics 151 Monday, Dec. 13 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Accounting 372, 430 Monday, Dec. 13 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Biological Sciences 320 Monday, Dec. 13 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Electrical Engineering 450 Monday, Dec. 13 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Accounting 371 Wednesday, Dec. 15 8-10 a.m.
Biological Sciences 120, 220 Wednesday, Dec. 15 8-10 a.m.
Business Administration 281 Wednesday, Dec. 15 8-10 a.m.
Computer Science 170, 270 Wednesday, Dec. 15 2-4 p.m.
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