The Academic Calendar is the official College calendar that outlines semester start and end dates, official holidays, college breaks, mid-semester dates, quarter dates, student teaching timelines, study days, final exam periods, and commencement dates. The Official Academic Calendar is determined by the Campus Calendar Committee, chaired by the President's Office. The calendars are approved by the Faculty Senate prior to publication.
On April 27, 2015 the President's Cabinet approved changes to the student teaching schedule for the 2015-2017 academic years. The 2015-2016 academic calendar reflects the approved changes as of May 1, 2015.
Final examinations are required. An instructor may request exception to this policy from the department chair. The chair may grant such request if: (1) the nature of the course makes such action desirable; or (2) an adequate series of other evaluation procedures is substituted. An instructor may have a policy of exempting students who meet specified criteria from final examinations: the policy and criteria shall be stated and placed on file with the department chair.
Final examinations or last examinations of the course are given during final examination week (except for examinations in quarter courses, which end in the middle of the semester.) No examinations, quizzes, or tests of any type should be given during the last week of classes prior to the published final examination week. Any deviation from this policy must be approved in advance by the appropriate department chair and school dean.
SUNY Cortland has established standard exam times to allow for two hour exams during the final exam period. The standard final exam period is used by students and instructors who are attempting to determine exam times prior to the exam period. Additional final examination policies and requirements may be viewed in the College Handbook, part four.
Students: Students enrolled in a web-based, hybrid or blended course, should consult the instructor to determine how and when your exam is being administered. Students enrolled in courses that meet at non-standard times, should also consult the instructor to determine where and when your exam is being administered.
Faculty members can learn more about requesting alternate exam times.
On April 27, 2015 the President's Cabinet approved changes to the student teaching schedule for the 2015-2017 academic years. The 2016-2017 academic calendar reflects the approved changes as of May 1, 2015.
The following are official dates of conferral that are reported to the National Student Clearinghouse and printed on student diplomas.
|2016 Dates||2015 Dates|
|Spring: May 12, 2016
Summer: August 6, 2016
Fall: December 24, 2016
|Spring: May 16, 2015
Summer: August 1, 2015
December 26, 2015
The campus calendar provides for some specific times of religious observance, but is not an exhaustive representation of religious observances. New York State Education Law provides additional guidance and outlines additional obligations regarding religious observances.