Deferred Final Exams

Students who must miss a Registrar-scheduled final exam due to extenuating circumstances may apply for a deferred final exam.

Spring 2024 deferred final exams application window:

  1.  June 19-25, 2024: For all application types

Deadline for all applications is two business days after the scheduled final exam.

  1. Final exam dates

    June 19-22, 2024

  2. Deferred final exam dates

    July 16-18, 2024

Summer 2024 deferred final exams application window:

  1. August 8-14, 2024: For all application types

Deadline for all applications is two business days after  the scheduled final exam.

  1. Final exam dates

    August 8-12, 2024

  2. Deferred final exam dates

    August 29-30, 2024

New as of Fall 2023

  • Students are limited to apply for one exam deferral per application. Students seeking deferrals of multiple examinations will be required to enter an application for each exam.
  • In accordance with the reintroduction of section M.1 of the academic calendar, students will be required to submit supporting documentation for the following eligibility criteria: Illness, Domestic Afflictions, and Other.
  • Deferral requests due to medical illness must be submitted on the day of the exam, or up to two business days following the scheduled examination.

Prerequisite course or applying for graduation

Due to the scheduling of deferred final exams, your standing for course requirements (such as prerequisite requirements and graduation applications) may be impacted. Please contact your faculty advising office prior to applying for deferral to discuss the impact of deferring a prerequisite course, or to discuss a deferred examinations impact on graduation.


Eligibility criteria, application process, and deadlines to apply

To apply to defer a final exam, submit your application and any required supporting documentation through your Student Centre. Supporting documentation can be uploaded in your application. Students will also have the option to submit a Student Declaration of Absence web form.  See the eligibility criteria as well as application instructions and deadlines listed below.

Students with three final exams scheduled to start and finish within a 24-hour period may defer one of their final exams to the deferred final exam period.

You must select the exam you wish to defer on your application. If your schedule does not meet the criteria, you will not be able to select this reason on your online application.

For example, if you have exams at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on one day, and an exam on the next day at noon, you're eligible to apply under this DFE criteria.

An exam schedule with the first exam at 8 a.m. and the second exam at 3:30 p.m. on one day, and then a third exam at 8 a.m. on the following day, does not qualify as three exams in 24 hours.

View a step-by-step guide for how to submit and review your online application (pdf).

  1. Supporting Documentation

    No supporting documentation is required.

    You're only able to select this reason to defer if your schedule consists of three exams within 24 hours.

  2. Application window for Spring 2024

    August 8-14, 2024

    Application deadline is 2 business days after the scheduled final exam.

In the event of a religious observance causing a direct conflict with a final exam that prevents you from attending a final exam, you can apply to write a deferred final exam.

View a step-by-step guide for how to submit and review your online application (pdf).

  1. Supporting Documentation

    Provide a rationale in the comments area of the application.

    Supporting documentation is not required at the time of application, but evaluators may request further information or supporting documentation as needed.

  2. Application window for Spring 2024

    August 8-14, 2024

    Application deadline is 2 business days after the scheduled final exam.

If you personally experience an illness or medical emergency that physically prevents you from attending a final exam, you can apply to write a deferred final exam.

View a step-by-step guide for how to submit and review your online application (pdf).

  1. Supporting Documentation

    Provide a description of the reason for your absence in the comments area of the application.

    Supporting documentation is required, ie. medical documentation/note, statutory declaration, Student Declaration of Absence (pdf), etc.

    Please note: supporting documentation will be considered insufficient if it fails to address your state of health on the day of the exam, fails to provide adequate context, or is overly vague. Examples of insufficient documents include pictures of positive Covid 19 tests, pictures of thermometers, doctor’s notes that do not include the exam dates in the excused absence, prescriptions or medical test requisitions. General or vague statements in the Student Declaration which do not provide evaluators with enough context are also insufficient. Examples such as: COVID 19, fever, illness, feeling sick could not attend, do not provide enough information to determine eligibility for a deferred final exam.

  2. Application Deadline

    Application window will open on the day of the exam and remains open two business days after.

In the event of a domestic affliction, compassionate or other circumstance (e.g. death or illness of a family member) that prevents you from attending a final exam, you can apply to write a deferred final exam.

View a step-by-step guide for how to submit and review your online application (pdf).

  1. Supporting Documentation

    Provide a rationale in the comments area of the application.

    Supporting documentation is required to be submitted to your faculty office, i.e. written statement from a third party, an accident report, notice (certification) of a death, statutory declaration, Student Declaration of Absence (pdf), etc.

    Please note: supporting documentation will be considered insufficient if it fails to provide information and context regarding the matter that prevented you from attending your final exam. Examples of insufficient documentation include documents that do not include the dates of the incident/funeral/family illness, pictures of a damaged vehicle, prescriptions or medical test requisition, email exchanges, vague statements in the Student Declaration such as: family illness, car accident, medical procedure, which do not provide enough information or context to determine eligibility for a deferred final exam.

  2. Application window for Spring 2024

    August 8-14, 2024

    Application deadline is 2 business days after the scheduled final exam.

If your attendance is required elsewhere during a scheduled exam due to civil obligations or a faculty-approved activity (such as jury duty, academic competitions, or high-level athletic competitions), you can apply to write a deferred final exam.

View a step-by-step guide for how to submit and review your online application (pdf).

  1. Supporting Documentation

    Provide a rationale in the comments area of the application.

    Supporting documentation is required, i.e. letter from a coach, nomination letter, Student Declaration of Absence (pdf), etc.

    Please note: supporting documentation will be considered insufficient if it fails to provide dates or adequate context. Examples of insufficient documents include an undated program from an event that you are part of, uncontextualized conference abstract, uncontextualized travel itinerary, email exchanges, confirmations that you have applied to be part of an event with no indication of whether you have been invited, vague statements in the Student Declaration such as: track meet, tournament, conference, which do not provide enough information or context to determine eligibility for a deferred final exam.

  2. Application window for Spring 2024

    August 8-14, 2024

    Application deadline is 2 business days after the scheduled final exam.

Supporting documentation can be uploaded along with your application. The Student Declaration of Absence electronic form is available to students via the deferred final examination application portal. View a guide on how to find and complete the Student Declaration of Absence (pdf).

Student Declaration of Absence video guide

Submission of supporting documentation does not in itself constitute grounds for the approval of a deferral. Supporting documentation must clearly demonstrate serious illness or extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control that would warrant exemption from the regular examination schedule.

Students faced with difficulty in attaching documentation are encouraged to submit their deferred final examination application using the Student Declaration of Absence. Students can then submit any additional supporting documentation to the email addresses listed below: 

For reasons of illness/medical emergency (any faculty): dfedocs@ucalgary.ca 

For reasons other than illness/medical emergency:

  • For enrolment and attendance in other courses, including group study courses.
  • For misreading the exam schedule.
  • To accommodate travel plans.
  • If you've completed less than half of the assigned work in a course.
  • If you've submitted a final exam for marking.
  • To compensate for lost study time due to unforeseen extenuating circumstances.

If you're approved to defer an exam but you decide to write the exam as originally scheduled, please email dfedocs@ucalgary.ca to withdraw your application.

Your application status

Once you've submitted your application, you can review the details and status on the Deferred Final Exam page in your Student Centre. If you have submitted incorrect information and need to amend your application, please notify your faculty office or Enrolment Services in the case of illness/medical emergency related deferrals.

Please note: Applications are reviewed in the order in which they were submitted submitted and are reviewed between 3-5 business days from the date of submission. It is likely your application will not be reviewed before your scheduled final exam.


A decision on your application

If a decision is made on your application, you will see it's “approved” or “denied”. You will be able to view comments in your application if one is provided. If you have questions regarding a denied application, you can contact the appropriate office listed above.

Approved applications are subject to further review and evaluation which may result in approved applications being placed under administrative review or denied. Students are encouraged to periodically check the status of their deferred final examination application and respond to any email requests for additional information within the deadlines set in the email.

Your application approval process

If your application is approved, your next step is to wait for the deferred exam schedule to be available, approximately a week prior to the date of the deferred exam. You will receive the schedule from your UCalgary email and will not be available on your Student Centre. You're fully responsible for determining the exact date, time and location of the deferred exam when it's available.

Deferred exam dates and schedule

Deferred final exams are scheduled by the Office of the Registrar. They may be scheduled anytime, Monday to Saturday, during the official deferred exam period as noted. Students must be available for their scheduled exam time. Arranging alternative exam times is not possible, and further deferral of a deferred final examination will not be granted.

Receiving your deferred exam schedule

If you are approved to write a deferred exam, the schedule will be emailed to your UCalgary email address approximately one week prior to the start of the deferred exam period. The schedule will not be available in the Student Centre and are not posted online. Students are fully responsible for identifying the exact date, time and location of the deferred exam when it's available.

Preparing for your deferred final exams

Regulations for deferred final exams are very similar to final exams. The steps below outline expectations for in-person deferred final exams. 

Arrival

Arrive early to check the seating lists posted outside the exam room and to prepare for your exam.

If you're more than 30 minutes late to arrive at the exam location, you will not be permitted to write the exam and will be marked as absent

Identification

You must have your Student ID or a valid government-issued photo ID at the time of the exam.

Failure to show a valid ID at the start of the deferred exam will result in ineligibility to sit for the exam.

Physical or digital pictures of identification will not be accepted.

Students who are unable to present government-issued photo ID will not be granted an alternate time to complete the deferred examination.

Integrity bag

Except for items authorized to be used during the exam, all your belongings, including bags and backpacks etc., that you bring into the exam room must fit in the integrity bag provided on the day of your exam.*

Storing your belongings

You will not be allowed to leave your bags in the hallways nor inside the exam room if they are not put in the integrity bag provided.

You must store them away before you enter the exam room.

*Electronic devices, including electronic watches, must be powered off before being placed into the integrity bag; analogue watches are allowed for use in the exam room. Non-religious headgears cannot be worn in the exam room.

Questions?

View a list of frequently asked deferred final exam questions.