Friday, December 10, 2021

IMPORTANT End-of-the-Semester Information for Completion of Coursework


Barnard College

Dear Students,


As we come to the end of the fall semester, the Deans’ Office for Advising and Support wants to remind you of your resources and options if you are experiencing any issues that may impact your ability to complete work for your courses satisfactorily.


We want to be sure that everyone is aware of College policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress, you will know what to do.


One of the most important things to remember if you are experiencing difficulties is to reach out to your instructor and/or Class Dean. Your class dean is available to discuss your specific situation and offer advice and options.


Academic Resources


Personal Librarians: As you complete your final assignments for this semester, you can contact Barnard Library’s research and instruction team (Personal Librarians) for any support needed in completing research-based assignments, including senior projects. Librarians are available for individual consultations about ways to access online research materials and meet citation requirements for your papers and projects. Personal Librarians can assist in finding e-books, full-text articles, and open access sources.


Center for Engaged Pedagogy: If finals have you feeling stressed, stop by the CEP for a study break! The CEP has also put together helpful guides for time managementactive reading strategies, and a resource map if you need support.


Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS): Students who are registered with the Barnard Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS) and have accommodations should be in touch with CARDS as needed to ensure that their accommodations are aligned with remote end-of-term assignments. If a faculty member has specific questions about how to implement accommodations in their courses, CARDS is available for individual consultation at



Students and instructors are expected to follow the official exam schedule. If you find yourself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours, you should fill out this form.


If you find that you need to take your exam on a different day during the final exams period, please contact your instructor and make arrangements directly through them (this is different from a deferred exam -- see below). Individual faculty members have discretion to allow or deny requests to take an exam at a time different than originally scheduled, or to take an exam online instead of in-person. If you need assistance with communicating with an instructor, you may contact your Class Dean.



Students may defer an exam due to illness or personal emergency on the day of the exam. If you need to request a deferral, you must:


a) Email your instructor, copying your class dean, on the day of the exam requesting a deferred exam.


b) You must also submit an official request for a deferred exam in Slate. You will need to upload an approval email from your instructor when you submit the Slate form.  


c) Deferred exams will be given on Friday, January 21, 2022 and Monday, January 24, 2022. After submitting the Application for a Deferred Exam form, you will receive a confirmation email. It is your responsibility to check the registrar's website and your Barnard email the previous week for the details of your deferred exam.


Please be aware that deferred exams cannot be requested in advance of exam week. For more information visit and scroll down to "Final and Deferred Exams."



If you become ill during an examination:


a) inform the proctor

b) hand in the exam, and

c) go directly to Health Services.


If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis of the work you've completed to that point.



Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an Incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, please be in touch with your faculty member via email to obtain their approval. From there, you will need to submit an Incomplete Request Form in Slate. You will need to upload email confirmation from your instructor when you submit the Slate form.  


As a reminder, the official College deadline for fall Incomplete coursework has changed. The fall incomplete deadline is now April 15, 2022. Individual faculty may also set an earlier deadline for the work to be completed. Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For more information, visit: and scroll down to "Incomplete Grades."



Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of additional or revised work.



As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code ( in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is NEVER the way to respond to a difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice. Please also be aware that any misrepresentation of your circumstances in order to obtain an exam deferral or an incomplete is a violation of the Honor Code.



Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact your Class Dean.


We wish you all the best as you complete your work for the semester, and wish you a restful, restorative break.



Holly Tedder

Dean for Academic Planning and Class Advising