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Late policy

Posted: Jan 03, 2015 18:01;
Last Modified: Jan 03, 2020 13:01


Assignments are due at the date and time specified on the syllabus or discussed in class (Not attending class is not an excuse for failing to keep up to date on due dates). Unless I specifically note otherwise, however, you can almost always take a few extra hours without asking permission.

If you need a long extension than this, you should ask. As long as I haven’t started marking the exercise, I am usually fine with granting extensions. I am less able to accommodate extensions after I have begun marking the assignment.

If you are sick, have a family emergency, or face some other crisis, I am almost always willing to grant an extension. While I prefer to know in advance, I can accept retroactive requests when the nature of the emergency requires it. I do not normally need a doctor’s note or other evidence, though I reserve the right to ask.

If I do not grant an extension, late penalties may apply. These can be as high as 1/3 for a letter grade per day (i.e. a “B” essay that is one day late would receive a grade of “B-”; if it is two days late, its grade would be lowered to a “C+”). Penalties are applied after an essay is graded (so you will know both the original and the final grade after penalties have been applied).

There are three times I am inflexible about extensions; these are exceptions to my usual policies and can have more significant consequences):

  1. When the nature of the assignment requires work to be submitted at a specific time for some pedagogical reason (i.e. in class presentations, peer review, etc.). In such cases it is usually not possible to grant any extensions except medical/emergency ones.
  2. Exams: I normally give students a window in which to write exams. Because I need to coordinate this with the testing centre, it is difficult to grant extensions to this window. Except in extremely unusual cases, you must write exams during the window specified. Emergencies and “unusual cases” do not include vacations, weddings, and the like. The schedule (and syllabus) is available before the beginning of term. Do not take the class if you have an unavoidable social obligation that will prevent you from writing a text or exam.
  3. Final Exams: If there is a final exam in my class, it is usually on Moodle and runs from the first to the last day of the exam period. I am not allowed by university regulations to grant extensions or other exceptions to this date. If you must miss the exam period for some emergency reason, you need to contact the registrar’s office or student advising to see what, if any, options are available for you.

SGS Examination procedures

Posted: Aug 20, 2014 14:08;
Last Modified: Jan 04, 2015 13:01


Because I always need to look this up in the middle of the graduate studies handbook, the procedures for defence…


The forms

All forms can be emailed to

The defence


The Chair:

Thesis Presentation

In a maximum of 20 minutes, the student summarizes the thesis’ major objectives, content, results, and conclusions.

Oral Defence – Questioning

The Chair invites the Examiners to pose their questions. Before the questioning begins, the Chair states the procedures for questioning, which are (Note: the public audience are observers and are not a part of the examination):

Making a Decision

After questioning has finished, the Chair excuses the student, asking him or her and the audience to leave the room so that the Thesis Examination Committee can meet in private. Both the oral and written components are assessed. When the student has

Informing the Student

After the Thesis Examination Committee has made their decision and finished their discussion, the Chair:

Post Examination Procedure


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