Exam Schedule - Fall 2020 (Updated 11/11/20)
Exam Schedule - Spring 2021 (Updated 4/1/2021)
Final Examination Instructions - Spring 2021
The following policies and procedures apply to the taking of exams. Please read them carefully and be sure you understand them.
1. Exams are graded anonymously. Exam numbers will be available on Self Service before exams begin. (Do not use midterm numbers on your finals.) Put your exam number and not your name on any materials that you submit for your exam. Anything done by a student that lets a faculty member know or suspect his or her identity may be grounds for reducing a grade and may be considered a violation of the Honor System. Exam numbers may be located by going to Self-Service > Student Planning >Academics > Law Exam Number Assignment.
2. The Honor System requires that exams be pledged. It is sufficient simply to write the word "Pledged" on the cover of your exam answers unless your professor requires something more. Some professors announce that turning in the exam is an affirmation of compliance with the Honor System.
3. Be sure that you understand what, if any, materials you may bring into each exam and that you have no other materials with you. If your professor has not made clear what materials are permitted, be sure to ask. It is your responsibility to clarify.
4. Take careful note of the room assigned for each exam. That is where the exam will be handed out for in-person exams. It is not necessarily the same room in which the class was taught. If your exam is being administered virtually you will see "virtual" in parentheses and the room indicated may be used to take the exam.
NOTE: On the exam schedule you will see the room in which the exam will be handed out and returned to in parenthesis. The additional room shown is an overflow room for students in that course to use. The exam schedule is available at https://law.wlu.edu/students/law-student-records/exam- procedures
5. Submitting your exam: all exams whether administered in-person, virtually, or take-home must be submitted via Canvas and firstname.lastname@example.org (as a back-up). Please note that the only exception to this rule is for LAW 195 - Transnational Law with Professor Drumbl (sections 1 and 3). Please see attached Final Examination Instructions Spring 2021 document for more detailed instructions on submitting your completed exam(s). Remember to only use your final exam number on the exam(s) you submit - this will be the only way to identify which exam belongs to which student.
6. If taking an in-person exam you shall return your test questions to the room assigned for your exam. If taking a virtual or take-home exam you are on your honor to promptly delete all copies of your exam questions upon completion of your exam.
7. Exams may be taken in the assigned rooms or elsewhere in the law school building, except as otherwise instructed by your professors. Note: You may not use the Law Library Study Rooms for exams. Regardless of where you take your exam, please remember that you must hand in your exam answers in the room in which the exam was handed out (if in-person). Also remember that, wherever you choose to write or type your exam, you remain subject to the Honor System in addition to whatever rules or restrictions your professor has chosen to impose.
8. Students studying in classrooms should respect their fellow students' need for quiet if they wish to take an exam in the same room. Everyone needs to remember to be courteous during this stressful time.
9. Computers may be used for taking exams unless prohibited by your professor. If your professor has not announced whether computer use is permitted, be sure to ask. If you do wish to use a computer and can do so, you are responsible for providing your own computer.
10. Students who use computers to write their exams assume the risk of computer failure and are responsible for insuring against that risk. It is therefore essential that you periodically generate back-up copies of your exam. It is therefore strongly suggested that you back-up your exam to a personal flash drive or cloud-based drive such as your school provided Box account.
11. As a rule, exams must be taken at the time indicated on the exam schedule. An exam may be taken at an unscheduled time only for truly compelling reasons (i.e. a serious illness, a death of a close family member, a religious obligation, etc.) and with express permission of Trenya Mason, Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs. Students also need approval from Dean Mason to take an otherwise in-person exam virtually. (The deadline for such requests is by 5:00pm on April 9, 2021.) Permission must be obtained before the regularly scheduled exam time unless an emergency precludes doing so. Rescheduling for medical reasons requires a doctor's written recommendation. No adjustments will be granted for such things as oversleeping or mistaking the scheduled time. Adjustments are also generally not available due to job interviews, travel commitments, and the like. Moreover, Dean Mason will not reschedule an exam after the start of the exam period for a reason that existed before the start of the exam period. Any adjustment in the exam schedule is handled by the Student Affairs Office, not by the faculty. Do not discuss an adjustment with the instructor in the course as this may jeopardize your anonymity.
12. Finally, please be very careful not to discuss the content of your exams after you have taken them. Most exams are subject to multiple administrations; moreover, one or more students in your class may be taking the exam at an unscheduled time. Careless remarks that are overheard can give students who have not taken the exam an unfair advantage and may also implicate the Honor System.
Attachment: Final Examination Instructions Spring 2021