Postponement Requests for Fall 2021 Exams

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FALL 2021: Please be advised that requests for postponement and accommodations for Fall exams were due in ExamReporter on October 15th.  The results were subsequently released on November 15th, 2021.  Any submissions received after the deadline are subject to additional review and may require further explanation/documentation.  Late requests will be processed in order of exam date and you may not hear until just prior to your exam.


The guidelines for postponement of examinations may be found in the exam section of the Academic Policies Guide.

All exam postponement requests for December exams must be submitted by 5:00pm on Friday, October 15st.  Students may submit exam postponement requests for a vaccine appointment by submitting a request via ExamReporter and proof of appointment. Students may also submit a request for an exam postponement for illness after the COVID-19 vaccine by following the usual procedure for illness. (See the COVID-19 Time Zone & Vaccine Accommodations section of this page).

Exam postponement requests may be submitted online now.


How to Request an Exam Postponement

  1. To make this request in ExamReporter, click on “Postponements.” 
  2. In the section titled “Request Postponement” select the class for which you seek a postponement. 
  3. Then select the type or reason for the requested postponement. 
  4. Finally, click on submit. 

You will need to submit a separate request for each exam you wish to postpone. 

Results of early seven-week exam postponement requests will be available in ExamReporter after 5:00pm on Monday, October 11th.  

Results of December exam postponement requests will be available in ExamReporter after 5:00pm on Monday, November 15th.

Postponed exams will be scheduled on the first day on which no exams are scheduled, or the next available day of the following week if you have four consecutive exams within one calendar week (Monday through Friday). Exams will be rescheduled so as to avoid creating an additional conflict. Please note in order to postpone an exam scheduled for the next morning base on the Evening/Morning rule, the evening exam must begin at 6:00 pm.

Petitions to the Executive Committee will be entertained only in cases of unusually severe hardship.

Please note the following:

  • To preserve the anonymous nature of our grading system, students should not request postponements or any special arrangements from the instructor in a course.
  • The time allotted for an exam might change at the professor's instruction. Therefore, students should adhere to the time specified on the exam instruction sheet on the day the exam is taken.
  • Students cannot take an exam earlier than the scheduled exam date.
  • When you postpone an exam, the grade may show up as "IP." It will be changed when your actual grade is entered into the system.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • All students with disabilities who need accommodations must register with the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities to provide appropriate verification of their disabilities.
  • Students who require special exam accommodations also must submit a  request for each of their exams via ExamReporter.
  • The deadline to submit an accommodation request for December exams is Friday, October 15th.
  • If you have any further questions about postponement requests, contact the Office of Academic Services via law.exams@nyu.edu.

COVID-19 Time Zone & Vaccine Accommodations

For example, if you are in California and your exam is listed as a 9 AM exam, the expectation is that you would take the exam at 9 AM EST, i.e., 6 AM local time in CA. We do realize that this can lead to challenging and unusual test-taking circumstances for students located in Europe and Asia taking evening exams, or west coast students taking morning exams. 

For Fall 2021 exams we will allow some flexibility for students located in a time zone other than the east coast/Eastern Time zone.

We will also postpone exams for conflicts with a scheduled COVID Vaccine appointment.  We will require proof of appointment.  For illness related to post vaccination please follow the usual procedures for illness during an exam.  If you feel sick please DO NOT examine. Instead, please alert the Office of Student Affairs at law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu and include the information related to your vaccination or doctors note for other illness.

To request a time zone or vaccine accommodation:


What to Expect for In-Class Exam Postponements and/or Accommodations 

Accommodated and Postponed exams are administered in rooms separate from the main exam room(s) used for the rest of the class.  All exams in Accommodated and Postponed rooms will start at the same time. However, please note that there are likely to be several different exam end times in the Accommodated and Postponed rooms.  Therefore, students may be asked to sit in the same area or rows in the classroom for a particular exam to manage the different end times.  Arriving in the exam room 30 minutes prior to the start of the exam is required for you to make your seating arrangements. 

The Records Office provides Proctors in Accommodated and Postponed rooms with a list of students along with the student's exam envelopes.  The list and envelope will contain the student's exam #, the course title, allotted time.  The envelope will contain a hard copy of the exam questions.  Attached to each exam, there will be an attendance card, exam receipt, instructions for multiple choice (if applicable) and instructions in case of technical difficulties with a laptop.

Proctors will use the student list provided by the Records Office to manage the timing of each individual exam.  In order to avoid distractions in the room, Proctors will NOT make any announcements once exams are started.  Instead, Proctors will notify each individual student when there are 10 minutes remaining by showing them a YELLOW "10 MINUTES REMAINING" card.  Once the 10 minutes have elapsed, the Proctor will show the student a RED "STOP TYPING.  EXAM IS OVER." card.  Once shown the RED card, the student should exit and submit their exam to Exam4.  All materials should be returned to the exam envelope, except for the exam receipt.  The Proctor will sign the exam receipt and give the same to the student for the student's records.  The student will give the envelope and enclosures to the Proctor.