Exam Schedule Changes
Appalachian’s final exam schedule includes three exam times on each day of final exams – at 8:00am, 11:00am, and 2:00pm. With three exam times, students utilizing the accommodation of extended time are unable to take back-to-back exams as students’ extended time is applied to the final exam period duration of 2.5 hours. Thus, significant time is spent coordinating between faculty, student and ODR to find alternate exam start times. Additionally, due to limited space availability, ODR utilizes rooms in the Plemmons Student Union for proctoring, and it has become increasingly challenging to find adequate space to accommodate three exams times. Therefore, ODR is moving to two exam times at 9:00am and 1:00pm with the expectation that students will schedule their final/s as close to their original time as possible. Students eligible for more than 50% extended time will need to start their exams at 9:00am.
Two start times will also allow additional time to schedule, coordinate, proctor and return exams to faculty without delays or overlapping into another final exam period. ODR will be able to maintain a distraction-reduced environment accommodation so that no students are interrupted by new students entering the space to begin the next exam.
Duration of Exams
The duration of each final exam time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, which satisfies the SACS requirements for the number of minutes each course is required to meet. Therefore, the extended time will be applied to the overall duration of the final exam time unless there is a class activity other than the final exam occurring during the final exam time.
Inclement Weather Planning
During inclement weather, should a potential closure be forthcoming, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will consult with the Director & ADA/504 Coordinator within ODR to determine how to navigate students currently testing with accommodations within ODR. If needed, EHRA employees will be granted approval to stay beyond Condition 2 for the purpose of completing necessary final exam proctoring and clean up.