Upon the completion of each course, other than those where the
final grade is based upon the submission of a paper, a written
examination is administered which determines the student’s final
grade for the course. Each student must be present for the
examination unless excused. An excused failure to take the
examination will result in a grade of INC (incomplete) on the
student’s transcript until the course requirements are satisfied.
An unexcused failure to take the examination will result in a grade
of F for the course.
The Law School has adopted procedures to guarantee the integrity
of the examination process and to prevent dishonesty. The
examinations are proctored under the supervision of the Law School
administration. The Law School makes every effort to assure that
examinations are fairly and honestly administered. The same
fairness and honesty is expected from the students. Any incidents
involving cheating or breach of examination procedures will be
dealt with promptly in accordance with the Professional Misconduct
Grievance Procedures set forth in Appendix
The following procedures must be followed:
- Students are expected to be on time for final examinations. Be
advised that a student may enter the examination room up to
one-half hour after the starting time but will be granted NO EXTRA
TIME to complete the examination.
- Beginning with the Summer 2004 semester all students are
required to sign in with the hall proctors BEFORE entering their
assigned examination room. Photo ID must be presented to the
proctor at this time. Students will sign out at the end of the
examination, as usual.
- Books, notes and/or other papers are to be left along the
perimeter of the examination room unless otherwise permitted by the
professor for an open-book exam.
- Cellular telephones/beepers are not permitted in the
examination room absent exceptional circumstances, i.e.,
physicians, expectant parents, etc. Such exceptional circumstances
must be brought to the Registrar’s attention prior to the
administration of the examination.
- Proctors will ensure that students do not leave the examination
room during an exam. When circumstances dictate the need for an
exception, a proctor will accompany the student to the appropriate
- Students who leave and return to an examination room will be
required to sign out when leaving, noting the time, and the same
procedure will be employed upon the student’s return.
- If for some reason, a student is not able to take a final
examination at the specified time, the student should advise the
Assistant Dean or the Registrar. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD A
STUDENT CONTACT THE PROFESSOR REGARDING ABSENCE FROM AN
- In case of an emergency, which requires evacuation of the
building, proctors will tell students to stop work immediately when
the alarm sounds. It is imperative that all students follow this
directive. If an when the students are allowed to return to the
building, they are NOT to begin work on the examination until the
proctors inform the students of the amount of additional time to be
given to complete the examination. All students in a given
classroom will resume work on their test at the same time. This
procedure assures that all students will get the same amount of
additional time to complete their exams.
A mandatory anonymous grading procedure is utilized whereby no
student may indicate his or her name in any way on answer booklets
and true-false/multiple choice answer sheets. In midsemester, the
Registrar assigns each student a number which will constitute the
student’s examination number for the semester. That number must be
placed on all essay booklets and answer sheets. A master list is
maintained by the Registrar, who converts numbers to names as the
last step of the grading process. New anonymous grading numbers are
assigned for each semester. Both answer booklets and examination
question papers are collected following each examination.
Examination question papers, which will be identified by the
student’s anonymous grading number, may be returned at the
conclusion of the examination period at a student’s request and
with the faculty member’s permission. Accordingly, no examination
question papers will be released to students (including the library
and the SBA) until the last rescheduled examination has been
In grading essay booklets or reviewing true-false or multiple
choice results, the professor receives nothing which bears a
student’s name or the key for conversion of a number into a name.
The professor will receive a master grading sheet for the course
containing only the examination numbers of all those taking the
course. Additions or subtractions to the final grade based on class
performance are submitted separately to the administrative office
and are incorporated by the Registrar at the time of conversion
from number to name.
No grade will be posted until all exams (including exams
administered on the make-up day) have been completed.