Important Dean's Date & Exam Period Info and Advice for Juniors & Seniors

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

Dear Butler Juniors and Seniors,

I hope your reading period has been going well.

As we approach Dean’s Date, I am sending out a reminder concerning important upcoming deadlines and final exams:

•       Dean's Date, the university deadline for the submission of all written work (except for take-home exams) is TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 at 5pm. Extensions beyond this date are normally given only for "compelling circumstances beyond your control" and must be approved by both the course instructor AND your residential college dean or director of studies before the deadline.   Papers may NOT be accepted past Dean's Date without our prior approval. 

•       The same rules apply to the take-home exam deadline, on MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019.   If you have a 24 hour take-home exam on the same day as a regularly scheduled exam, the take-home exam can be moved by approval of the dean or director of studies (note: this policy only applies to timed take-home exams with duration of 24 hours or less, occurring on the same day as the final exam).

If despite your best efforts you cannot finish your work on time, see your residential college dean to discuss an official extension--before the deadline has passed. Please call the college office (609-258-3474) or come in to make an appointment.  Deadlines cannot be altered or extended after the fact.

•       NOTE: These deadlines apply to ALL undergraduates in all courses – including those in graduate level courses.


Universal suggestions for the final exam period:

  1. Make sure you don't miss your exam. Re-check your schedule in a lucid moment (not at 4 am after you've been awake for 36 hours) and make sure you know the exact time and place of your exams.
  2. Confirm your exam times for each course by checking the official schedule.  Go to the Registrar’s web site for the schedule and the policy ( ).
  3. Test your alarm clock a few days before your first final. Set two if you are not a “morning person.”
  4. Let your roommates and friends know when your exams are and ask them to help you get up on time (do the same thing for them).
  5. Don't stay up all night before an exam! 9:00 AM exams have been missed because someone decided to “just take a quick nap” at 7:30 AM and woke up at noon. You’ll do better if you get some real sleep the night before.


If you miss a scheduled final exam by mistake, you must report IMMEDIATELY (and definitely no later than 24 HOURS after the correctly scheduled time) to your residential college dean or director of studies. If you discover your problem after-hours on weekdays or any time during the weekend, leave a message on the Dean’s voicemail at 8-4954 AND call Julia Aggreh, the Deputy Registrar, at once at 8-7242. ONCE during your career at Princeton you may be allowed to make up an inadvertently missed exam at the next available 3-hour time slot, under the certain conditions, including the following: 1) You have reported the missed exam immediately; 2) You have never missed a scheduled exam before; 3) You are making satisfactory progress in the course; 4) There is no evidence that you are seeking to gain advantage. A contract must be signed and attached to the exam, and is subject to approval of the instructor.  Taking advantage of this exception dishonestly will be viewed as an academic integrity violation by the Committee on Discipline.  


If you cannot take an examination due to serious, incapacitating illness, IMMEDIATELY report to McCosh Infirmary AND contact Julia Aggreh, the Deputy Registrar, at 8-7242. She will reschedule the exam within 24 hours of the scheduled time. If, however, you will have to postpone the exam longer than 24 hours, you must still report to McCosh Infirmary; contact Ms. Aggreh, at 8-7242; AND call your college dean (8-4954) IMMEDIATELY. Approved postponed exams must be taken during the third week of the spring semester.

For other important rules regarding deadlines & exams, see the “academic regulations” section of the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Announcement.

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact me or Dr. Lazen. We both can be reached at the Butler College office 609-258-3474.

Best of luck on all your final work, and please do not hesitate to come see us if we can be of any assistance. 


Dean Stirk

Dean of Butler College

Gordon Wu Hall

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ  08544


Appts.: 609-258-3474

Direct: 609-258-4954

Fax: (609) 258-2488