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Exam Policy

These are general instructions to follow during all exams. Students who have elected to participate  in our computerized exam program (Secure Exams) must follow  the special regulations posted on this site.  The option of taking exams via laptop is offered to students as a convenience and privilege, not as a right.  Making sure your equipment is in good working order and following IT instructions on how to use the program is the student’s responsibility.  Students choose this option at their own risk and should be prepared to hand write their exam   in case of an unforeseen technical problem.

At times the proctor may have to leave the room; we remind you to act in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Honor Code.  We would like students to remember that any violations to the Honor Code will be reported to the Honor Board for appropriate action.
 

EXAM INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL STUDENTS

Cell phones and Beepers must be turned off during an exam and they must be placed on the desk in front of you. You may never take the cell phone out of the room during an exam. While your exam is in progress, phone calls are prohibited.

Laptop Computers are NEVER allowed in the examination room unless taking a SecurExam.

Welcome to the first exam period of your law school career.  We will try to make this transition a rather painless experience.  After reading these instructions, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask anyone in the Registrar’s Office.

If there is only one proctor in a room, at times the proctor may have to leave the room; we remind you to act in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Honor Code.

We would like students to remember that any violations to the Honor Code will be reported to the Honor Board for appropriate action.

Following are rules to follow during exams:

CLOSED BOOK EXAMINATIONS
 During Closed Book Examinations, all books, papers, notes, briefcases, etc. must be brought to the front/side of the room.  Ladies pocketbooks may be kept at the desk unless otherwise requested by the Professor.  However, they should be kept in plain sight of the proctor(s) and access should be limited.

OPEN BOOK EXAMINATIONS
During Open Book Examinations, only the materials approved by the professor are to be allowed during the examination.  Calculators are allowed only if professor agrees.

EXAM NUMBER
Since Pace Law School follows an anonymous grading policy, prior to final exams and after you have completed your SCATES (class and professor evaluations), you will receive your exam number by e-mail. An e-mail reminder will be sent when the exam numbers are released.

You will put this number on your bluebooks or your SecurExam answers, exam envelopes, and scantrons.  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY EXAM MATERIALS.

Please keep the e-mail link of your exam number for the exam review period. You must provide your exam number and ID to review any exams.
 
BROWN ENVELOPE
You must complete all the information requested on the brown envelope, including your exam number. The brown envelope will hold all your materials to be turned in at the end of exam. If you are taking a SecurExam please write a big SE on the exam envelope. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY EXAM MATERIALS.

ANSWER SHEETS (Scantrons)
If answer sheets are used, put your exam number, not your name, on the answer sheet provided.  Remember to put the version (A or B, if applicable) of the exam on the answer sheet.  Also, please bring #2 pencils for your exam.  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY EXAM MATERIALS.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Students are to write the examination in ballpoint pen (no felt tips).  Do not write in the margins of the exam booklet.

After the exam packets are distributed and prior to the beginning of the exam, the proctor will instruct you to remove everything from the brown envelope:

1) Put the exam face down on the desk,
2) Complete the information on the brown envelope,
3) Put your exam number on the cover of every bluebook and also number each blue book,
4) Complete scantron (when necessary for exam). Remember your exam number goes where it says name.
5) Never write on scrap paper before exam begins.
6) When the proctor instructs you to turn over your exam, the proctor will allow you to count all pages and write your exam number on each page.
     The proctor will then read the "Anonymous Grading Policy Rule" to you.
7) You will then be allowed to silently read the Professor's instructions.
8) When everyone is finished reading the instructions, the proctor will instruct you to begin your exam.

DO NOT BEGIN THE EXAM UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

NO OTHER WRITING IS PERMITTED PRIOR TO THE
COMMENCEMENT OF THE EXAM.

Students are reminded to keep their eyes on their own examination.  It is the responsibility of all proctors to safeguard against cheating.  Any requests by a proctor pertaining to the exam (seat assignments, scrap, unnecessary noise, snacks, etc.) should be taken seriously by the student.  During the course of the examination, the proctor is the person in authority and should be treated as such.

Passing blue books, papers, snacks, etc. between one another is strictly forbidden.  If you require additional bluebooks or scrap, just silently signal to the Proctor or you may come up to the desk.

The Proctor will put the current time on the blackboard every half hour or so.  Ten minutes before the exam ends, the Proctor will announce that you have ten minutes to conclusion.

BATHROOM
If you must leave the room during the exam, please only one student at a time and only to the bathroom (please print your name and time you leave on “yellow bathroom sign out sheet” and time when you return to the exam room).   If the proctor is not in the room, you may leave the room, again one at a time, (do not forget to print your name on “bathroom sign out sheet”).   Under no circumstances may a student leave an exam room unless they are going to the restroom.  (Cafeteria trips, smoking breaks and phone calls are strictly forbidden during an exam.) Please see chart on next page for the specific bathrooms you are allowed to use.

If an exam is held on:

Then use bathrooms:

4th floor Preston

Men & Women - on the same floor

3rd floor Gerber Glass - Problem Room

 

Men & Women - 2nd floor Glass

 

1st floor Aloysia

Men - 2nd floor Aloysia

Women- basement floor Aloysia

2nd  and 3rd floor Aloysia

Men - 2nd floor Aloysia

Women - 3rd floor Aloysia

ClassroomBuilding - all rooms

Men & Women - 1st floor

(Do not go to Aloysia)

 

 
CONCLUSION OF EXAM
A 10 minute warning is called prior to the end of the exam.  When the exam is over the proctor will tell you to put your pens down IMMEDIATELY.  All exam materials, including  used scrap, should then be put into the envelope provided and then submit the sealed envelope to the proctor.

Before leaving the exam room, all students MUST sign out on the pink sheet provided by the proctor at the conclusion of the exam.

Since there may be other exam rooms in progress when you complete your exam, PLEASE do not talk in the corridors when you leave the room.  You are to leave the floor immediately after signing out of your exam.

GOOD LUCK IN YOUR EXAMS
 
Frequently Asked Questions About Final Examinations

1.      Where can I find the Final Examination schedule?

The Final Examination schedule is distributed with the registration materials, posted on the Registrar’s Web site,  the counter at the Registrar’s Office, and the bulletin board in the Student Lounge.

2.      What is an exam number?
Pace Law School follows an anonymous grading policy.  Only the Registrar’s Office knows the list of student exam numbers.  The exam number identifies you to the Registrar.

3.      Where do I get my exam number?
Since Pace Law School follows an anonymous grading policy, prior to final exams and after you have completed your SCATES (class and professor evaluations), you will receive your exam number by e-mail. An e-mail reminder will be sent when the exam numbers are released.

You will put this number on your bluebooks or your SecurExam answers, exam envelopes, and scantrons.  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY EXAM MATERIALS.

Please keep the e-mail link of your exam number for the exam review period. You must provide your exam number and ID to review any exams.
 

Pace Law School follows an anonymous grading policy.   Your name should never appear on any exam material.  YOUR NAME MUST BE PRINTED.

The Registrar's Office will not provide students with lost exam numbers.  It is the student's responsibility to keep exam numbers in order to review their exams. 
 
4.      Where can I find room assignments for my final examinations?

Room assignments for final examinations will be available approximately one week before the examination period begins.  Room assignments will be posted on the Registrar’s Web site.

5.      What do I do if I have final examinations that conflict?

Under Pace Law School’s Academic Policies, a conflict is defined as two examinations given at the same exact time or two examinations scheduled on the same day.  Under these circumstances, you should notify the Registrar’s office and fill out a form.  One of the exams will be rescheduled to one of the scheduled make-up days; make up exams are NOT given before the exam period ends. Do not notify your professor.  That is a breach of anonymity that violates the Honor Code.

6.      What do I do if I become ill on the day of the examination or if there is some other emergency that will prevent me from taking the examination?

If you are ill or have another serious emergency, call the Registrar’s office (422-4214) immediately.  As soon as you are able, go to the Registrar’s Office with a doctor’s note or other written documentation.  The exam will be rescheduled to one of the scheduled make-up days, see exam schedule for dates