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Exam Policy

NEW EXAM INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL STUDENTS

After reading these instructions, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask anyone in the Registrar’s Office.

IN TAKING ANY EXAMINATION, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH PACE LAW"S RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR FINAL EXAMINATIONS. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, REVEAL YOUR IDENTITY ON YOUR EXAMINATION PAPERS OTHER THAN BY YOUR EXAMINATION NUMBER. NEVER CONTACT THE PROFESSOR ABOUT AN EXAM. All REQUESTS MUST GO THROUGH THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE. ACTION BY A STUDENT TO DEFEAT THE ANONYMITY POLICY IS A MATTER OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY.

Items Permitted in the Exam Rooms

  1. Blue or Black Pens, # 2 Pencils, highlighters, and correction tape
  2. Foam Earplugs (no headphones, headsets, ear phones or ear buds)
  3. Quiet Snacks (unwrapped in a clear plastic food storage bag)
  4. Beverages (clear plastic container with labels removed)
  5. Medications (in original container)
  6. Feminine Hygiene products
  7. Analog wristwatch
  8. Keys
  9. During open book exams only the materials listed for the registrar by the professor
  10. Calculator (only if allowed by professor)
  11. Laptop with Exam 4 program installed.
  12. Exam numbers

Items Strictly Prohibited

No electronic devices of any kind including but not limited to cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, PDA’s, wireless e-mail devices, blue tooth devices, iPods, MP3 players, pagers, programmable or “smart” watches, Fitbits or other fitness tracking devices, etc. These items may be stored (turned off) only in your backpacks in the front of the room with the proctors.

ELISABETH HAUB SCHOOL OF LAW HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR CELL PHONES AND ALL OTHER PROHIBITED ITEMS. IF YOU ARE FOUND WITH PROHIBITED ITEMS, AN INVESTIGATION BY THE HONOR BOARD WILL BE CONDUCTED. AS A PENALTY, YOUR EXAM SCORE MAY BE NULLIFIED, YOU COULD BE IN DANGER OF EXPLUSION AND A REPORT MAY BE MADE TO THE CHARACTER AND FITNESS COMMITTEE. IT IS NOT A DEFENSE THAT YOU WERE NOT AWARE YOU HAD A CELL PHONE OR PROHIBITED ITEM OR THAT IT WAS TURNED OFF, RENDERED INOPERABLE OR STORED IN YOUR POCKET.

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 of the Honor Code will be reported to the Honor Board for appropriate action.

If you have not made full payment of your tuition and fees, you will not be allowed to take exams.

Accommodations for Exams: If you have had or feel that you need special accommodations for your exams, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 914-773-3710 to be granted special services during exams. Please contact them a soon as possible to ensure that you get the accommodations you need. This process may take some time to complete.

Following are rules to follow during exams:

CLOSED BOOK EXAMINATIONS
During Closed Book Examinations, all prohibited items must be brought to the front of the room.

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. Backpacks must be placed in the front of the room. Students are not allowed to share books or notes with other students.

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 final 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 Exam 4 answers, exam envelopes, and scantrons. NEVER 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.

 

Exam 4
Laptop Computers are NEVER allowed in the examination room unless a student is using Exam 4.
Exam 4 is a program which allows students to type exams on their laptops. Information on how to download and use this program will be given to you at a later date. Only one computer with the proper program of Exam 4 will be allowed per student. You may not bring any other electronic device to the exam room.

Exam4 is a program that locks down other applications and records your actions while it is running. Any attempt to “break out” of the program will be recorded and may be considered a violation of the Honor Code.

If your computer crashes during the exam, alert the proctor and he/she will notify the IT techs. No additional time will be allotted for your exam, so if this happens, continue to work on your exam in a bluebook until the IT tech arrives. The IT tech will try to log you back in but if this fails, they will copy the exam from your laptop, print, and return it to you. No attempt to fix your computer will occur during an exam.


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 using Exam 4 please write a big E4 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. Pencils will not be supplied for students. NEVER PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY EXAM MATERIALS.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

Students are to write the examination in ballpoint pen (no felt tip pens or pencils unless using a scantron). 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. If you are using bluebooks, put your exam number on the cover of every bluebook and also number each blue book.
  4. If you are using Exam 4, log on to the program up to the opening screen. No typing is allowed before the exam begins.
  5. Complete scantron (when necessary for exam). Remember your exam number goes where it says name.
  6. Never write on scrap paper before exam begins.
  7. 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.
  8. The proctor will then read the "Anonymous Grading Policy Rule" to you.
  9. You will then be allowed to silently read the Professor's instructions.
  10. 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 OR TYPING 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, 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 the “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.)

 

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. No talking is allowed until all students have turned in their exams.

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.

Vacation or travel plans are not a valid excuse to miss an exam. Please make sure not to make any travel plans for any date on or before the makeup date for each semester. No exceptions will be made.

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 and the counter at the Registrar’s Office.

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 Exam4 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.

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