Who administers the exam?
In-class examinations are administered by the Law Registrar as supported by a staff of proctors.
When do I need to arrive?
It is the responsibility of each student to be in the assigned room when the examination begins.
What happens if I arrive late?
In general, no additional time beyond the scheduled completion time will be given to a student who arrives late for an examination. If a student does arrive late, additional time to complete the examination will be allowed only if the student arrives within one hour of the beginning of the examination, notifies the Dean of Students within that time period, and demonstrates to the Dean of Students’ satisfaction that there were extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control that could not have been anticipated. If a student arrives more than one hour after the beginning of the examination, he or she will not be permitted to take the examination, even if extenuating circumstances are demonstrated, but instead must take the examination administered at the end of the next regular semester in which the course is offered.
What can I bring with me?
Students are not permitted to have any unauthorized materials in the examination room. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, iPods, timing devices or any other electronic devices other than a permitted laptop computer or anything else specifically permitted by the instructor.
Can I use a laptop?
Students who wish to use their laptop to type their examinations may do so by using a program available through ExamSoft or Exam4. Students download and register the program. This option is open to all students. More information is available on the Law Registrar’s website.
Students should pay close attention to both the spoken and written instructions. The instructions of the professor as stated at the beginning of the exam will be strictly enforced. This includes whether the exam is open or closed book, permitted or prohibited materials, and the read-only period if any.
At the beginning of the exam, the proctors will orally transmit basic instructions for the exam. Then, once given permission to begin, the student should read through the professor’s written instructions. If at that point the oral and written instructions are inconsistent, the student should immediately note the concern to the proctors, who will clarify the issue with the Registrar. If, during the exam, there are any problems with exam administration, these should be noted to the proctor who will communicate with the Law Registrar.
During the Exam
During the examination, any passing, sharing, exchanging or transferring of any items during the examination, whether inside or outside of the examination room, is strictly prohibited. If any item is needed, the student is to seek assistance from the proctor. Any talking, from the time the examination commences until the time a student hands in his or her examination, whether inside or outside of the examination room, is strictly prohibited and will be considered a per se violation of the Honor Code. Necessary communication with the proctor, the Registrar or the Dean of Students is not considered a violation of this rule.
Finishing the Exam
At the conclusion of the examination, students must stop writing or typing when so instructed by the proctor. If the exam requires a scantron sheet for multiple choice questions all “bubbling” must be completed before time has been called. Students will not receive additional time for “bubbling.” Students must turn in to the proctors all exam materials, including questions, answers, and scrap paper. They must sign out of the exam. Once a student turns in materials and signs out, the examination is considered final and will be submitted to the faculty member.
What do I do if there is a problem during the exam?
Can I talk to my classmates about the exam?
Students may not discuss any aspect of the examination including the question content with classmates. This is due to the fact that on occasion students must take examinations late due to exam conflicts or medical emergencies. Every student is subject to the Honor Code and must not discuss the examination until such time as all students in the class have tested.