Exam Procedures

Exam Schedule - Fall 2020  (posted 09/10/20)

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Final Examination Instructions

The following policies and procedures apply to taking exams. 

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 considered a violation of the Honor System.

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 Code.

3. Be sure that you understand what, if any, materials you may access during your exam. If your professor has not made clear what materials you may access during your exam, be sure to ask. It is your responsibility to clarify.

4.  All exams are virtual. Due to restrictions on access to Lewis Hall, all exams should be taken by students in their homes or in another remote location. Generally, exams will be taken on personal computers. W&L Law does not use exam software because all students are subject to the Honor Code. You should only access files on your computer that you are permitted to access during the exam, and you should only use an internet search engine during your exam if it is permitted by your professor.

5. Students 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. The simplest means of doing this is to e-mail a copy of the exam to yourself at reasonable intervals. Another option is to save back-up copies periodically to a network drive or a flash drive.

6. Confirm whether your professor follows the Sakai exam-submission protocol (see link above - Final Exam Instructions). If your professor does not follow that protocol, confirm in advance how you will submit your exam upon completion.

7. Unless your professor has specifically indicated otherwise, exams must be taken at the time indicated on the exam schedule. An exam may be taken at a time other than that specified by your professor or the exam schedule only for truly compelling reasons (a serious illness, a death of a close family member, a religious obligation, etc.) and with the permission of Trenya Mason, Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs. Such permission must be obtained before the regularly scheduled exam time unless an emergency precludes doing so. Rescheduling for medical reasons requires a doctor's recommendation in writing. 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. 

8. After the exam, all students must remove permanently from their computer's hard drive any exam questions that they have saved and destroy any paper copies of exam questions they have printed.

9. Finally, please be very careful not to discuss the content of your exams after you have taken them with anyone else until the conclusion of the exam period. Most exams are subject to multiple administrations; moreover, one or more students in your class may be taking the exam at an unscheduled time. Comments to other students about exams during the exam period may implicate the Honor System.

10. 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.

Questions regarding accommodations, adjustments, exams or procedures should be addressed to Trenya Mason, Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs at masont@wlu.edu.