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R: Scheduling of Examinations

Note: for these purposes a student's year of study shall be defined as either "first year" or "intermediate year" or "final year".

1. Examinations may be scheduled on weekdays or on Saturdays, but shall not be scheduled for Sundays, public holidays or other occasions when the University is closed (Senate 136a/79-80, 126h/81-82).

2. (a) Examinations which are taken by students on different years of study shall normally have separate and different papers set for students from each year, if there is no available overlapping examination period.
    (b) Departments may seek exemption from the Board of Undergraduate Studies from the requirements of paragraph (a) above in accordance with criteria to be determined from time to time by the Board. (Senate 78a(ii.A)/80-81)

3. Departments considering applications by students to take unusual options shall also consider the implications for examinations scheduling, including the possibility that in some cases separate examination papers might have to be set. Where the taking of an unusual option causes intractable scheduling problems it shall be the responsibility of the student's department to arrange any separate invigilation of such examinations as may be required (Senate 78d/80-81, 34e(ii)/81-82).

4. "Open Book" examinations in which there are no restrictions on the materials which candidates can take into the examination rooms may be scheduled in a separate room from other examinations, even if that means that they would be held on Saturday mornings or afternoons (Senate 32c/86-87).

5. Regarding the scheduling of Examinations for MBA (Distance Learning) at overseas centres, the Senate has resolved:
   (a) That all examinations held at overseas centres for the MBA (Distance Learning) programme be scheduled, as far as practicable, to coincide with the Warwick examination timetable.
   (b) That, at overseas centres where it is impossible to coincide with the Warwick examination timetable and/or there are a small number of students spread over parts A and B, examinations should be scheduled to run as close as is feasible to the Warwick timetable and, where possible (i.e., where no students are resitting examinations), examinations for parts A and B should be scheduled to run simultaneously.
   (c) That, in order to restrict further the possibility of inter-centre communication between students, all question papers should be collected with the scripts at the end of the examination and no student should be permitted to remove their question paper from the examination room. (Senate 30(d)/88-89)