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UNT final exam schedule changes anger students

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The University of North Texas re-opened its Denton campus Wednesday afternoon for the first time since last week's ice storm.

Now, many students are angry and frustrated with the way the university is handling its final exams.

Normally, students would have five days to take exams, but because of the storm that's been reduced to two and a half days. That means hundreds of finals in a short amount of time for 36,000 students, and graduation is still on track for Saturday.

UNT junior Austin Menner has three exams Thursday and one on Friday. He feels overwhelmed, and if he doesn't do well on one exam in particular, he says "Then I could possibly not be able to take the classes I need to take next semester and I won't graduate on time."

Three exams in one day are normally against school policy. In addition to school, other students are juggling jobs, too.

Bernadette Rodgers had two exams rescheduled in the middle of her shifts.

"I need my job to pay my rent, so I can't just be like, ‘Hey, I can't come in,'" she said.

Students were so frustrated that they vented on social media and started an online petition, gathering nearly 8,000 signatures.

By late afternoon, they got a response from administrators "to make the best choice from a series of bad choices," and that moving exam week altogether was not an option.

Some students suggested posting exams online, but the provost said the system could crash, creating a bigger mess.

Zach Ahrens experienced another common problem.

"When they rescheduled the exams, I had my exams scheduled at the same time," said Ahrens. "I had an accounting exam and a history exam at 4 today."

The university sent out a letter to faculty late Wednesday, telling them they must work with students and find creative solutions.

Administrators realize that, much like the ice storm, these challenges are sure to linger.

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