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Academic Regulations Related to Assignments, Tests, and Final Exams

The Formal Lecture Period

The Formal Lecture Period
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Each term, the formal period during which lectures take place is defined by the Calendar of Events and Academic Deadlines published in this Calendar. The normal teaching day at the University of Waterloo extends from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Student assignments and tests – assessments of knowledge, skills, and/or judgment – may be scheduled by instructors throughout the formal lecture period except that major term tests may not be held in the last five teaching days of this period. Major term tests are those which account for more than twenty-five percent of the final course grade. Exceptions must be approved in advance by the instructor's Department Chair and the Associate Dean (Undergraduate) of the Faculty concerned.


Senate approval has been given to the Faculty of Science to hold final examinations during the latter part of the Formal Lecture Period in laboratory courses which may require laboratory facilities.


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