Final exams and other assignments are the accepted standard to evaluate students at UTSA.
These exams and evaluations are held at the end of each semester and summer term. The time and place of final exams are given in the Final Examination Schedule which is listed in the UTSA Schedule of Classes. Final exams that are given during the Final Examination Schedule must be given on the dates, at the times and in the places they are scheduled. Students who have three or more final exams scheduled on the same day should contact each instructor to determine if one can be moved to another day.
For courses that end at times other than the official last day of classes and for courses that are not classified as organized, such as an independent study or internship, instructors are responsible for providing information to their students and their department chairs regarding final exam requirements.
The methods used in evaluating the performance of students are the prerogative and responsibility of the individual faculty member, except for the multiple-section courses where the department provides for the necessary coordination of the evaluation procedures. Students shall be informed in writing as to the methods of evaluation to be used before the end of the add/drop period (beginning the first class day and ending on the census date.) (UTSA HOP 2.17, http://www.utsa.edu/hop/chapter2/2-17.html).
At the end of each fall and spring semester, the last day prior to the beginning of the final exam period is designated as a Student Study Day. Classes do not meet during Student Study Days. Furthermore, Student Study Days are not to be used as dates on which papers are to be turned in, examinations are to be given, quizzes are to be scheduled, mandatory review sessions are to be held, or for any other class-related activities, other than office hours. Voluntary review sessions at which no new material is presented may be conducted by faculty on these days. There are no Student Study Days during the summer semester. Summer classes for the 10-week term (T) will not meet on final exam days for the first five-week (F) term.