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Queen's University

School of Policy Studies

Student Access to Final Examination Papers

Final examination papers are normally to be made available to students, for reference purposes only, within six months. Exemptions from the policy for particular examination papers may be granted by the relevant Faculty or School.


  • Final examination paper means the final examination question paper in a course and the graded answer paper written by the student which, by Senate policy, must be retained for a period of 12 months.
  • Appeal refers to the procedure by which any student may formally appeal a final grade in accordance with the established review of academic decision of the Faculty or School offering the course.
  • Access:
    • Informal Access: Instructors may informally review the final examination paper with a student who requests it and are encouraged to do so. However access may not be granted before the final marks are released.
    • Formal Access: As a part of the process of appeal, and upon request, the student will obtain access by a method determined by the Department or School. This may be either supervised access to, or a copy of, the final examination paper as well as all other material submitted by, but not returned to, the student and for which a mark has been assigned.

School of Policy Studies, Robert Sutherland Hall
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.3020