Taking Exams

When and Where to Hold Exams

As long as you meet the registration requirements discussed above, you can take an exam with seven days notice to the Graduate School. This gives the Director of Graduate Studies time to announce the exam to other faculty members. Any may choose to attend.

Exams must be held on the Ithaca campus or at a satellite location. However, for an exam to be held at a satellite location, the exam schedule must be posted in the Ithaca office of the field of study, as well as in the satellite location, prior to the exam.

The Role of Faculty Members During Exams

All members of the Special Committee are expected to participate in the examinations and evaluate you, the candidate. Other members of the graduate faculty are encouraged to attend exams and may question you only during the time allocated by the chair.

Having Special Committee Members Attend Exams Remotely

At the discretion of the field, and with the agreement of all members of the committee, you may petition to allow one committee member (either the Special Committee chair or a minor member with signature authority - not an ad hoc member) to participate from a remote location via videoconferencing or the like.

  • If the committee has only the minimum number of members, no more than one member of the committee can be physically absent from an exam.
  • If the committee has more than the minimum number of required members, then the additional members can be physically absent along with one member from the minimum configuration.
  • If the chair is unable to attend in person, he or she must designate one of the minor members with signature authority (not an ad hoc member) in attendance to sign the “Results of Examination” form on his or her behalf.