Scheduling of Assignments, Tests, Final Examinations


Hi there, 
I was recently made aware of an official rule stating that professors cannot schedule tests within the last 3 weeks of a term (for one-term courses). However, I could not find a similar rule made for the scheduling of assignments. I find that completing assignments is just as demanding, if not more demanding, than studying for a test. I would like to know why this rule has not been extended to assignments and if something can be done about it. I personally have 4 papers due during the last week of the term leaving me little time to study for my exams happening TWO days later.

Hi Caitlin!

Thank you so much for your message. We have attached a message from Dr. John Doersken, the Vice Provost of Western University.  

The policy applies only to exams. If it were to apply to assignments, I suspect the "crunch" would still occur, simply earlier in the term. In addition, to have only 9 weeks instead of 12 to submit work might further add pressure on timelines. -Dr. John Doersken, Vice-Provost

Hopefully the above statement answers your concerns. If you have any further questions or would like more clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out to us here or on any of our other social medias. 

All the best,


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