Exams and Grading Policy
Exams and grading in Math 30, 32, 34, 42, and 51 (Intro to Calculus,
regular Calculus sequence, and Differential Equations) follow a uniform
Exam Schedule and Locations
All midterm exams occur on Mondays during the open block, from noon to
1:20 PM. Please note that in general, exams are not given in
Bromfield-Pearson. Thus, it is essential to know in advance where your
exam is taking place to avoid arriving late. The exam room for your
section will be announced in class during the week before the exam. Exam
locations for all the exams taking place that day will be posted on the
classroom doors in Bromfield-Pearson and on this website.
Student Accessibility Services
If you are requesting an accommodation due to a documented disability,
you must register with the Student Accessibility Services Office at the
beginning of the semester. To do so, call the Student Accessibility Services
office at 617-627-4539 to arrange an appointment with the Program Director
of Student Accessibility Services.
You must show your work in order to receive full credit for an answer,
unless it is explicitly stated otherwise. Guesses are not accepted. Be
sure to cross out work that you do not want counted (rather than
Calculators are not allowed on exams (unless your course syllabus states
All books and notes must be put away, completely out of view. All
electronic devices must be turned off and put away. You are required to
sign your exam book. With your signature you are pledging that you have
neither given nor received assistance on the exam. Students found
violating this pledge will receive an F in the course and will be
reported to the Dean of Students. On rare occasions exams have been
returned to us for regrading with doctored corrections made after the
exams were handed back. This is considered a very grave violation of
university conduct. See pages 44-45 of the
Academic Integrity handbook.
All requests for re-grading of exams must be made in class on the day
the exams are handed back. Please indicate the problem you are
questioning on the front of your blue book along with the reason and
give it to your instructor. To be consistent we return a problem that is
questioned to the person who graded it.
Missing an Exam
We do not give make-up exams for any reason if you miss a midterm exam.
Thus, missing an exam is a very serious matter. An unexcused absence
from any exam will be counted as a zero. Excuses will be accepted, at
the discretion of the Mathematics Department, for genuine emergencies
(for example, illness on the day of the exam or a death in the immediate
family), for some unavoidable and unforeseen events of an extremely
serious nature (your living quarters suffer a bad fire), or for a very
limited category of foreseen, but unavoidable, serious events (your
doctor attests that you must have surgery during the semester rather
than waiting until the semester ends). If an excuse is granted, then
your final grade will be computed by an alternate formula.
Requests to be excused must be accompanied by appropriate documentation
(for example, a letter from Health Services stating that you are too ill
to take the exam on that day or a note from your Academic Dean
there has been a death in your immediate family).
If you are excused from an exam, you will also be required to sign an
affidavit stating the reason for missing the exam and pledging that your
account is truthful. Anyone found to have violated this pledge will be
reported to the Dean of Students and will receive an F in the course.
Should you have a serious but foreseeable conflict with one of the
exams, you are obligated to contact your instructor as soon as you
become aware of it. The Mathematics Department will determine whether or
not you will be excused from the exam. (For example, wanting to attend
your sister's dance performance or having booked a flight that
interferes with an exam date will not be deemed valid reasons for
missing an exam.) If you are not excused, then you must take the exam or
it will be counted as a zero. If you neglect to inform your instructor
or the Mathematics Department well in advance of a foreseeable conflict
and then miss the exam, you will receive a zero on the exam. Unawareness
of the date or time of an exam will not be considered a valid excuse,
since this information is clearly announced on the syllabus.