CHAPTER 7 – EXAMINATIONS
7.01. Examinations Under Honor System.
Examinations in the College of Law are administered to students under the regulations and standards of the Honor Code established by the Student Bar Association.
Source: Faculty minutes, October 1, 1959.
7.02. Proctored Examinations.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 7.01, any student may elect to take an examination under the Supervision System in which event, the examination shall be proctored. The Honor Council of the Student Bar Association shall have no authority to investigate charges of violations arising in the course of any such proctored examination.
Source: Faculty minutes, April 26, 1967.
7.03. Examinations in Courses Covering More Than One Semester.
Where a course is continuous for two semesters, an examination will be given at the end of the course. An interim examination may be given at the end of the first semester while the course is in progress at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor may give additional interim examinations during the progress of the course.
Source: Faculty minutes, May 4, 1961, and March 17, 1999.
7.04. Withdrawal from Multiple Semester Course After First Examination.
If a student registered in a two semester course seeks permission to withdraw from the course after the examination in the first semester, permission to withdraw may be conditioned upon the student accepting a failing grade for the first semester’s work if, in the opinion of the instructor, the student has a failing grade on the first semester’s work and if the reasons for withdrawing are not compelling. Otherwise, the student shall receive neither a grade nor partial credit for the course.
Source: Faculty minutes, March 5, 1964, and March 17, 1999.
7.05. Examinations, When Taken.
Except as otherwise provided in the rules of the College, students shall take their examinations on the dates and at the times scheduled. Any extension of time beyond the scheduled closing time of an examination requires the consent of one of the Deans.
Source: Faculty minutes, April 5, 1967, May 3, 1970, and March 7, 1973.
7.06. Postponement of Examination for Emergency.
A student may, with prior consent of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee, postpone an examination because of emergency circumstances (such as illness or a death in the family) deemed sufficient by that Dean.
Source: Faculty minutes, March 7, 1973, and March 17, 1999.
7.07 Variances Which May Be Authorized by the Dean; Examination Before Scheduled Date Restricted.
There can be no variance from Rules 7.05 and 7.06 without the consent of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee. When the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee believes there is good cause for so doing, he or she may permit or require an examination to be taken at a time other than one of those provided for in Rules 7.05 and 7.06. In no event, however, shall the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee permit or require any student to take an examination in advance of the scheduled date without the consent of the student and the examining instructor. Further, in cases where permitting a student to take an examination in advance of the scheduled date will result in the same examination’s administration to one or a small group of students in advance of its administration to a significantly larger group, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designees shall withhold their consent unless there are extraordinary circumstances which provide strong reason for an early examination.
Source: Faculty minutes, March 7, 1973, and March 17, 1999.
7.08. Examination May Be Typewritten.
Students may use typewriters without memory in writing examinations. These examinations shall be taken in a separate room or rooms than students handwriting their examinations.
Source: Faculty minutes, May 14, 1937, and March 17, 1999.
7.09. Use of Computers for Writing Examinations.
A. Students may use computers or similar devices to write examinations unless such use is prohibited by the instructor giving the examination.
B. Except in the case of take-home examinations or examinations that are not located within Drinko Hall, all computers or similar devices used to write examinations must be equipped with examination software selected by the Moritz College of Law. The Dean, or her designee, may modify or waive this requirement as necessitated by individual student or class circumstances.
C. An individual instructor may establish his or her policy governing examination procedures and may refuse to allow the use of computers or similar devices during examinations. An individual instructor may not, however, waive or modify the requirements of 7.09(B).
D. If the requirement under 7.09(B) is waived by the Dean or his designee, then the following procedures for student computer use in writing examinations shall apply:
1. Computer users may not put into their examination answers any materials or statements written prior to the exam and stored in the computer’s memory or elsewhere. Computer users are not permitted to access any network during the exam, except for purposes of printing their answers to the examination. The exam answer must consist only of material written during the time provided for the taking of the examination. Copy & paste (within or between documents), cut & paste between documents, find (within or between documents), and any other function that adds prewritten text may not be used during the exam period. Spell check, and cut & paste within a document may be used.
2. At the end of the examination, each computer user must submit the printed examination answer or a floppy disk containing the examination answers. The floppy disk must be marked with the student examination number. The instructor is under no obligation to return the disk.
3. Within one hour of the end of the examination, a student must submit a printed copy of the student’s examination answer to the person designated by the instructor to receive the document, with due regard to maintaining anonymity.
4. Any printed version of examination answers tendered after the examination has ended must be placed inside a bluebook, with the Honor Code pledge signed according to instructions on the bluebook. The examination answers submitted must be an exact duplicate of the examination answers contained on the floppy disk.
E. If the requirement under 7.09(B) is waived by the Dean or his designee for a particular exam, an instructor may modify the default rules contained in 7.09(D). If the instructor chooses to modify the examination procedures, the instructor must file a written copy of his or her policy with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and must provide students enrolled in the each course taught by the instructor with a written notice of his or her policy within two weeks of the beginning of any regularly scheduled course in order for the policy to be operative. If a faculty member establishes a policy as provided for in this section, each provision of the default rule set forth in 7.09(D) will remain in effect unless the faculty member specifically establishes a contrary policy.
F. If the student taking the exam uses exam software, subsections D and E will not apply and the rules regarding printing and submission of the exam will be set by the Dean or his designee in accordance with the requirements of the exam software.
Source: Faculty minutes, March 13, 1992, March 29, 2000, February 21, 2001, and May 7, 2003, and November 16, 2005.
7.10. Instructions on Examination Books.
There shall be no uniform instructions concerning examinations printed on the blue books. The Honor Pledge shall be printed on the cover of the blue book.
Source: Faculty minutes, November 17, 1965.
7.11. Anonymous Grading.
All examinations shall be graded anonymously. Papers and other assignments will be graded according to the guidelines announced by the instructors. Anonymous grading means that the instructor will not learn the identity of the student submitting work until after having first turned in the grade for that work to the College Office. That grade will be retained for one year, and will be available, upon request, to the student.
Source: Faculty minutes, May 14, 1980, and March 17, 1999.
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