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What You Need to Know: Final Exams

Final exam policy

  • All students are required to write their final exams during the scheduled exam period, which is posted in the Academic Calendar.
  • Students are responsible for making sure they know the date, time and location of their final exams.
  • Students registered with SSD must make appropriate accommodations at least two weeks prior to the final exam period and notify their instructors using the Pink Sheets.

Missed final examinations / final assignments

  • Students should speak to their Academic Advisor before making the decision to miss a final exam.
  • Any student who is absent during their final exam, or does not submit a final assignment on the due date, must submit a Request for Academic Consideration to their Academic Advisor. This request should be accompanied with written documentation to support a medical, psychological or compassionate explanation for their absence.
  • If a request is approved, the exam(s) will be rescheduled during the deferred exam period, in the following semester. Please see the Schedule of Dates for more specific timelines.

Exam conflict

  • It is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit an exam conflict form before the due date, if they have an exam conflict.
  • Exams will be rescheduled at an alternative date within the exam period.
  • Students will be notified via email of their new exam schedule.

Any one of the following constitutes an exam conflict:

  1. Two exams at the same time.
  2. LESS than one hour (59 minutes or less) between exams.
  3. Observing a religious holiday on an exam day.
  4. Three exams in one calendar day.

Get familiar with the technology for online exams 

Before your exams start if your instructors are using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor, make sure you’re familiar with the system and its requirements. See if your instructors offer a sample test so you can try out the technology. 

Need to talk? 

When things get stressful or overwhelming, it helps having someone to talk to.  This is especially true during the exam period.

Academic Advising: If you are a student, please note that all offices and departments are closed for in-person service until further notice. However, Academic Advising is still here to support you via email ( or via online audio call

Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (Health, Counselling & Accessible Learning Services):  The SWAC is closed until further notice. Staff in all areas of expertise will be available online or by phone. Students can access services through a combination of remote options. Visit and or call 416-675-5090

If at any time you need immediate personal support or counselling, there are resources to help. You can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or use Therapy Assist Online, which provides online and mobile tools. If you are in crisis and need urgent mental health support, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.