Special Examination

A Special Examination is any examination other than the regular or supplemental examinations and may be offered only with permission of the academic counselling office of the faculty in which the student is registered in consultation with the instructor and department chair. 

Permission to write a Special Examination may be given on the basis of compassionate or medical grounds with appropriate supporting documentation or for religious grounds for which sufficient notice in writing has been submitted. 

For information about examination conflicts (two exams concurrently, 3 exams in any 23-hour period) see the Academic Calendar

If the Academic Counselling Office, recommends a Special Examination Form be given to a student, both the student and instructor should be aware of the following:

  • A Special Examination must be written no later than 30 days after the end of the examination period. Only under exceptional circumstances, and with academic counselling office approval, may this period be extended.
  • If a student fails to write a scheduled Special Examination, permission to write another Special Examination will be granted only with the permission of the academic counselling office and with appropriate supporting documentation. In such a case, the date of this Special Examination normally will be the scheduled date for the final exam the next time the course is offered.
  • Students should be aware that if a mark of Special Exam Privileges (SPC) appears on an academic record for a course that is a prerequisite to further courses(s), registration in the subsequent courses(s) will require special permission of the instructor and the academic counselling office until the grade of SPC is replaced by a satisfactory grade.
  • If a majority of courses taken in a given year show grades of SPC, registration in any further courses(s) will be subject to the approval of the academic counselling office until all the SPC grades are replaced by satisfactory grades.