Exams

Exam Policies

Any violation of these exam policies should be brought to the attention of the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, or the Honor Council Chairman or Secretary. Violations of the Honor Code can result in suspension, dismissal, or other disciplinary action.

Exam Scheduling

The Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs may reschedule examinations in individual cases for exceptional hardship. Final exams in close proximity to one another do not constitute exceptional hardship unless: (a) the student is scheduled for two examinations beginning fewer than 24 hours apart or (b) a student is scheduled for three examinations on three consecutive days. In the event of exceptional hardship, the student will be required to schedule the hardship exam for the next hardship exam day (which are scheduled during the examination period) that would not create a hardship.

For example, a student scheduled to take an examination at 9:00 a.m. on Day 1 and 9:00 a.m. on the following day is ​not​ a hardship. Hardships will ordinarily not be granted with respect to the five classes with the highest enrollments for the semester. The Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs may grant special permission for hardships due to extenuating circumstances.

Hardship petitions may be obtained in the Registrar’s Office.

Exam Monitoring & Rules

All in-person examinations will be monitored by the faculty member or by a staff person assigned by the Dean. The monitor is the professor’s representative in the class and should be treated with the same respect and authority. Monitors for scheduled exams are present to enforce the rules set by the professors.

Failure to follow the procedures and rules for all exams – and the rules of your individual professors – could result in an incident report to the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, who will determine if the matter should be forwarded to the grading faculty member and/or the Honor Council for resolution. It is imperative that you adhere to the rules set by your professor for all exams, including these exam policies.

Mistake in Exam

If you think an exam has an error, including a typographical error, that affects the nature of the examination question, please answer the question based on the most reasonable resolution of the error, and state explicitly the error and your resolution in the exam answer unless the problem is with a multiple-choice question. If in a multiple-choice question, state the error and your resolution on the first page of the examination.

10-minute Rule for In-person, Scheduled Exams

If you are still in the exam room with 10 minutes left, stay in your seat, even if you are finished. The constant shuffling of students leaving during the last 10 minutes distracts students still working. Unless you finish before the last 10 minutes, stay in your seat until the exam is over.

Smart Watches and Cell Phones

No Apple or any type of Smartwatches are allowed on the student’s body and in the student’s exam workspace during all exams unless the exam instructions affirmatively allow access to the Internet.

Smartphones also must be stored outside of the student’s body and exam workspace during all exams unless the exam instructions affirmatively allow access to the Internet.

Electronic earbuds are not permitted during all exams.

If you leave and return to an exam room, do not take your cell phone or any exam materials with you. If you must stay in touch (imminent birth; family member in critical health, etc.), let the Registrar’s Office know; they will provide an emergency number to give to your loved one. If we get a call on that phone during your exam, we will find you.

Other Devices with on/off switches

Other than your computer, do not bring any other similar device to the exam room. The one exception is for LL.M. students who have permission to use a hand-held language dictionary.

Exam Materials

Students are only permitted to bring into the examination room materials required for the examination as specified in advance by the faculty member.

Early Exams

No final exams may be given or handed out to a class (take-home exams) prior to the last day of classes of any semester. Also, no hardship examination may be scheduled prior to the regularly scheduled examination.

Anonymous Grading by Exam Numbers

No later than one week prior to the examination period, an anonymous exam number will be assigned by the Registrar’s Office to each student for that exam period. Students should be sure to obtain their exam number via the law school Intranet prior to the beginning of the exam period.

Each number will be different for each student and will be confidential as no professor will have any knowledge of any student’s number. The number will be used by students to identify their exam answer. Students should not sign their names or otherwise identify themselves on their exams except by their exam number. If they do so, an Honor Code violation may be found.

Exam Grading Policy

Anonymous Grading – All exams must be graded anonymously, as required in the Student Handbook.

Hardship Exam Policy

Exam periods are set aside for make-up exams due to hardship during the regular examination period. All examination hardship petitions must be approved by the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs (or representative). Hardship petition forms are available from the Registrar’s Office; and, after completion by the student, the petition is to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The petition will then be reviewed by the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs (or representative) for approval. If approved, the student will be notified. The professor will be informed of the number (amount) of students who have been granted permission to hardship the exam at a particular time. The identity of these students will NOT be disclosed to the professor, but will remain anonymous according to policy. Only after a request has been completely evaluated and approved by the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs (or representative) will a student be exempted from a scheduled exam. The deadline for submission of a petition will be set each semester by the Registrar.

Only where special circumstances warrant will a hardship exam be scheduled on a day other than a hardship day. Examples of special circumstances include medical emergencies or death in the family. If special circumstances exist, it is the responsibility of the student and the professor to make other arrangements for taking the exam, which must then be approved by the Dean’s Office. The professor is responsible for administering, monitoring, and collecting “special case” hardship examinations.

Last Minute Hardships

If you have a last minute emergency regarding the timing of your exam, contact the Dean of Students, not your grading professor.

Remote Exam Procedures & Rules (Including Self Scheduled Exams)

Exam Distribution

Scheduled remote and self scheduled exams will be administered using ExamSoft Examplify. You will be able to download your exam file 1 day prior to the start of the exam. The exam password will also be distributed 1 day prior to the start of the exam.

For self-scheduled exams, the download will be available and the password distributed 1 day prior to the start of the self-scheduled exam period.

If you do not receive the download and password by 5pm the day before your exam, contact lawhelp@wfu.edu immediately for assistance.

Exam Administration

You must begin your remote exam (including self-scheduled) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

Self-scheduled exams may NOT be taken on Saturdays and Sundays.

Completion

You must complete the exam within the allotted time and no later than 6:00 p.m. ET on the day you take the exam, except for ‘take-home’ style exams in which the allotted time may be 24 hours or more, in which case the submission deadline would fall on the next day. Thus, you must calculate your access time accordingly, especially for those students who receive the special accommodation of extra time.

Time Limits

During the startup steps for your exam, you will be presented with a screen indicating the amount of time allocated for the exam. If you have any questions about the amount of time you are allowed, you must verify that time with the Registrar’s Office prior to commencing the exam.

Students receiving extra time accommodations will have the appropriate amount of time allocated by the exam software.

The exam software will automatically shutdown the exam when the time limit is reached and there is no way to extend the time once the exam has been started. So it is imperative that you verify the exam time limit before commencing the exam.

Exam Rules

If you think there is an error, including a typographical error, that affects the nature of the examination question, please answer the question based on the most reasonable resolution of the error, and state explicitly the error and your resolution in the exam answer unless the problem is with a multiple-choice question. If in a multiple-choice question, state the error and your resolution on the first page of the examination answer.

Honor Code

Students remain bound by the Honor Code and should not discuss the content of any exam during the exam period with or near students who will take that exam at a later time.