Scheduling conflicts and multiple exam situations

Do you have an overlap in your exam schedule or a multiple exam situation? If you need to reschedule an exam for any other reason, please take note of what is not eligible, and then visit Absence & Academic Consideration to review your options.

A direct conflict on your exam schedule means that either two exams will take place simultaneously, or your exam is scheduled at the same time as one of your regularly scheduled classes. Please note, your class schedule will always take priority.

If two exams are scheduled at the same time, but one of them is asynchronous, this does not necessarily qualify as a conflict. It will depend how long you have to complete the asynchronous exam and submit it. When reviewing your schedule, take note of the duration of the exam and the deadline to submit. If you can’t find that information, please confirm the details with your course instructor before requesting academic consideration.

Under Western’s Multiple Exam Situation policy, students may request to have one of their exams rescheduled. To qualify for academic consideration under these circumstances, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  3 or more exams/mid-year tests scheduled within 3 consecutive periods or 23 hours;
  4 or more exams/mid-year tests scheduled within 6 consecutive periods or 47 hours; or
  5 or more exams/mid-year tests scheduled within 9 consecutive periods or 71 hours.

Students experiencing direct conflicts and multiple exam situations may request academic consideration to reschedule an exam through our Help Portal.

NOTE: SRAs may not be used for midterms worth more than 30% of the final grade or any final exam.

What will not qualify for academic consideration

  1. Sleeping in
  2. Misreading the timetable
  3. Flight arrangements
  4. Moving

Professors are not required to set a special examination and requests of this nature will be denied. Students are expected to schedule their personal business such as changing residence, vacations and flights so that these activities do not conflict with the exam schedule.

NOTE: Students who are only 30 minutes late for an exam may still be given permission to write it. 

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