Common hour exams are given during the semester for multi-section courses.  These exams take the place of one class meeting and are included in the student’s commitment to the course upon enrolling in it.

MSU's policy on Common Hour Exams

4.1 Make-up examinations for conflicts are to be given only to those students who, at the same hour:

a. Have another Common Hour Examination

b. Have a regularly scheduled class

c. Are engaged in an activity or event sanctioned in paragraph 310.01 of the Student Conduct Code (Official student representatives with a regularly scheduled practice or meeting that conflict with a Common Hour Exam see point 5 below.)

d. Sustained a personal emergency that prevented participation in the scheduled examination.

4.3. Students are responsible for identifying all conflicts. Apart from unforeseeable, personal emergencies (4.1.d.), students are required to confirm the need for make-up examinations with the instructor as early as possible, but no later than ten (10) days before the scheduled examination.

5. Students who are official representatives of MSU who have regularly scheduled meetings or practices that conflict with a Common Hour exam may request of their instructor that they be allowed to arrive up to thirty (30) minutes late for a Common Hour Exam.  The approval of such a request, however, is entirely at the discretion of the instructor.  The instructor must be notified at least ten (10) days in advance. Students and instructors are encouraged to work with the Testing Center to assist with any accommodations if alternate testing possibilities cannot be arranged readily within the program or department.

6. Common Hour Examinations take precedence over all activities that occur outside of scheduled class hours except as provided for in this policy.




If you believe that you have a valid reason to reschedule one or more exams, please complete the request form at least 10 days before the scheduled exam. Accommodation requests made after the 10 day deadline may not be processed in time.


                      Exam Conflict Request Form


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