Examinations

Anonymous Exam Taking and Grading

Examinations are given and graded anonymously. Before the end of each semester, the Registrar’s Office assigns each student a random number with which to identify his or her examination on all exams for that semester. The papers are graded and the grades are posted with that number only. Any deliberate breach of anonymity is a violation of the Honor Code.

Computers

Personal laptop or notebook computers may be used to take examinations at the discretion of the professor. Microsoft Windows-based personal computers running Windows Vista / Windows 7 or Apple computers running Leopard /Snow Leopard / Lion operating systems are allowed. Prior to taking any exam by computer, students are required to register online and must download and install exam security software.

The approved examination software must be used for all in-class examinations taken on computer. Students are required to have wireless internet connection capabilities on their computers as all completed examinations will be submitted by means of wireless internet.

Usage of the Electronic Classroom (E-Classroom) During Final Examinations

Law students intending to take their final examinations using the Exam4 Software are expected to provide their own laptop computer. The Law Center does not have a sufficient number of lab computers openly available for usage during final examinations. If a law student is prepared to take a final examination on his/her own computer but experiences a computer/software failure too close to the administration of the final examination to fix the problem or replace the laptop, as determined by the Law Center’s Information Technology (“IT”) Department, the student may use one of the 15 lab computers in the Law Library, Room L111. To use a lab computer for a final examination, the student must first verify the computer or software failure with the IT Department in Room 317 and also notify the Registrar’s Office. The E-Classroom computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and availability is not guaranteed. Please make every effort to ensure your computer is in good working order well before the start of final examinations.

Exam Schedule

The examination schedule for each semester is contained in the registration information distributed by the Office of Admissions and Student Records and is also posted on the web.   Upper-class exams begin at 8:30 a.m., and first-year exams begin at 1:30 p.m.

Exam Deferral Policy

Students may defer any exam that is scheduled to occur on the same day as any other exam.  Students scheduled for exams on consecutive days may defer either of the consecutively scheduled exams, provided the students are limited to a maximum of two (2) such deferrals per semester.  Students with three consecutively scheduled exams may defer the middle exam.  All deferral requests must be made in accordance with the procedures developed by the Registrar.

To defer an examination a student must complete and sign an Exam Deferral Form and submit the signed form to the Registrar’s Office no later then the close of business on the day listed on the Academic Calendar as the last day to submit and exam deferral. Please see the Academic Calendar to determine the deadline for deferral requests.

A student may not rescind the deferral of an examination after the deadline for the submission of the Exam Deferral Form unless the dropping of one or more courses eliminates the consecutive examination schedule that justified the deferral. In that case, the student must take the examinations as originally scheduled (subject to any rescheduling approved by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for reasons other than the consecutive scheduling of the student’s examinations), and the student is bound by the Honor Code to notify the Registrar that the student is no longer eligible to defer an examination.

Except as approved by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, an examination that is deferred will be administered by the staff of the Registrar’s Office at 8:30 a.m. on the first Monday or Wednesday following the last day of the scheduled examination period. Each student who takes a deferred examination must sign a written certification at the time the deferred examination is administered that the student has not discussed the content of the deferred examination with anyone.

Rescheduling Exams

A student who is physically unable to take an exam due to serious illness or other extreme emergency may be permitted by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to reschedule the exam for a later time. A doctor’s written excuse is required in all cases of illness. In order to preserve the anonymity of the exam process, the student should not inform the professor of the missed exam. Instead, students should contact the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or the Registrar’s Office before the exam is scheduled to begin.

Review of Exams Papers

Once exams are graded and final grades are posted, students are allowed to review their exams. The procedure for reviewing exams usually differs with each professor. Professors normally post instructions for reviewing exams on their office doors.

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