Exam Conflicts

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Harvard College Students, GSAS Students, Cross-Registered Students

Exam conflicts

You may request to reschedule a final exam under the limited circumstances outlined below. If approved, you will be emailed your out of sequence details 3 weeks before the Final Exam Period.

Important: Cross registered students must take the exam on the date and time of the scheduled exam or risk receiving a failing grade of ABS. Final Exams cannot be rescheduled due to a difference in term end dates as stated in the FAS Cross Registration Policy.


  • If your exam dates conflict and the exams are scheduled by the Registrar's Office, no action is required. We will automatically reschedule one of the exams.  
  • If your exams dates conflict but the exam is not scheduled by our office (e.g. another school), contact the FAS Registrar’s Office – Exams Team at exams@fas.harvard.edu.

Harvard Athletics:

No student action is needed. The Registrar’s Office will make all appropriate arrangements with Harvard Athletics.


Complete the Religious Out of Sequence Exam Form at least 30 days before the exam period starts.  You must report religious conflicts with final exams 30 days before the Final Exam Period begins. 

Disability or health:

  • Students currently registered with Accessible Education Office (AEO): The Registrar’s Office will schedule out of sequence exams for students who currently receive accommodations through AEO.  
  • Students not currently registered with AEO: Contact AEO as soon as possible if you think you'll need disability or health-related accommodations for final exams. Temporary accommodations may be possible in the event of unanticipated illness or injury.

Off-site exams:

Undergraduates requesting to take a final exam off site (In Absentia) must receive approval from the Administrative Board and complete the  In Absentia Exam Application. You are responsible for finding a suitable proctor to administer the exam in absentia. Contact your Resident Dean with any questions.

Related forms

all exams forms

Need Assistance?

Exams Support

Visit: Resident Dean for Harvard College students

Email: FAS Registrar’s Office – Exams Team for GSAS students

  • for questions regarding your exams

Email: FAS Registrar’s Office – Exams Team 

  • if your exam dates conflict but the exam is not scheduled by the FAS Registrar's Office (e.g. another school)