Deferred Final Examination

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are the exam periods published?

A: Each spring the academic dates for the year are published in the Academic Calendar.  The academic dates include the two-week examination period for each session.  All students are expected to be available to write during these defined examination periods. 

Q: When can I submit my deferred examination request?

A: Students can submit a deferred examination request after the commencement, and within one week, of the scheduled examination date.

Q: How do I submit my deferred examination request?

A: Students are required to complete the Deferred Examination Request via WebAdvisor. Supporting documentation must be sent by e-mail or fax as outlined on the deferred examination request form.

Q: What supporting documentation should be included with my request?

A: Supporting documentation consists of official documents or letters that support the explanation for your request. Failure to provide suitable documentation will result in the request being delayed or denied.

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Q: What health practitioners can provide medical certificates to support my deferred examination request?

A: Medical certificates will only be accepted when completed by the following health practitioners:

  • A Physician or Surgeon registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • A Nurse Practitioner registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • A Registered Psychologist or Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • A Dental Surgeon (Dentist) registered with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  • A health professional at the Campus Health Centre
  • Members of the above disciplines registered outside Ontario may be considered

Q: What if I see a professional not included in the categories listed above?

A: Regardless of whom you choose to see, consideration for the purpose a deferred examination request will only be given for signatures of practitioners listed above.  For information about letters of support from others, please consult the Office of the Registrar.

Q: How will I be notified regarding the decision of my deferred examination request?

A: Students will be notified via their Nipissing University student email account once a decision has been made.

Q: Please describe some situations where a deferred exam request would be denied?

A:  Pre-arranged travel, work, family commitments or misreading the examination schedule are not valid reasons for requesting a deferred examination.