Final Exam Policies and Guidelines Spring 2021
Below are some guidelines you must follow when taking your law school exams. This list is not intended to be all inclusive, but it does highlight the most common areas of concern.
- All students are required to read and electronically sign a Student Certification of Examination Performance Agreement each semester when retrieving their exam numbers from their Student Dashboard.
- Read and follow each exam’s instructions carefully. Failure to comply with all exam instructions is an Honor Code violation and will subject you to disciplinary action.
- For Spring 2021, you will have access to all materials on your hard drive and the Internet during the exam. The Honor Code requires you use only the materials permitted by the professor in your exam instructions.
- It is an Honor Code violation to communicate with anyone regarding the content of an exam while taking the exam and to share exam questions with or discuss an exam with a student who has not yet taken it.
- 1L students must begin their exams at 9 a.m. Central on the assigned date.
- Upper division students may begin an SAO-administered final exam anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central on its scheduled date.
- Floating exams must be taken within the regular exam administration period. Floating exams may not be taken before the first day of the exam period, Wednesday, May 5, or started after 4 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 13.
- Students are responsible for tracking their time and submitting their answers within the time allotted by the professor. A two-minute grace period will be allowed for Exam4 submission without penalty.
- Students are responsible for knowing how Exam4 works and taking a practice exam. Follow the Exam4 Remote Exam Instructions provided by the Student Affairs Office (SAO) for more information.
- EXAM4 users who experience a computer malfunction during an exam should immediately reboot their computer. If the reboot is unsuccessful, the remainder of the exam must be typed in Word. Save your work regularly, as it will not be automatically backed up in Word. No additional time will be provided for a computer or software malfunction.
- The SAO and Tarlton Virtual Tech Desk will only be available for questions and support from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.
- Some professors allow students to keep their exam questions upon completion. Some do not. You must read and follow each professor’s instructions. If you are required to delete or destroy all copies of your exam per your professor’s instructions, it is an Honor Code violation to keep a copy of the exam questions.
- If you are taking a Faculty Assistant-administered exam that requires you to use Word, please be sure to save your document every five minutes. This will ensure that any computer problems will cause only a minimal loss. Submission time is included in the allotted time. You will not receive additional time for technical issues.
- If you know of anyone not following instructions, using unauthorized materials, or writing beyond the allotted time, you are immediately to report the incident to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. While it is difficult to report an alleged violation, you must do so to maintain the integrity of the exam process. It is an Honor Code violation if you do not report any alleged violation of exam rules. If you lose exam time while reporting a violation and need it, you will be allowed to make it up.
- Contacting your professors about your exam is a violation of the Honor Code. If you have an issue with an exam, contact the SAO immediately.
- If you need to postpone an exam, check the postponed exam page.
Rules regarding exams are found in the Law School Catalog. All students are expected to uphold the Honor Code. Additionally, the Institutional Rules in the General Information Catalog also govern scholastic dishonesty.