Final Exam Rules and Procedures

General Guidelines

1. Students should review the final examination schedule when registering each term to avoid final examination conflicts. To preserve anonymous grading, students should not discuss exam conflicts or emergencies with their professors. Under UDM Law's Student Handbook, students may request to have an exam re-scheduled if they have three exams in two consecutive days. Students are encouraged to discuss any exam concerns or questions with Dean Caprio as soon as they arise.

2. Students using Exam 4 must register for it by April 18, 2014 (11:59 p.m.) and complete a practice exam. Students who DO NOT complete these two steps before April 18, 2014 (11:59 p.m.) take their exams using blue books; there are no exceptions to this procedure. UDM Law provides all blue books, Scantron sheets, pencils, scratch paper, and ear plugs for students. Students experiencing problems with Exam 4 before the examination period may contact Technical Support (313-596-0273; 313-596-9835; Room 253).

3. First year JD and Dual JD students continue to park in Christ Church during the review and final exam periods.

4. The Library posts extended hours on Friday and weekends during the review and final exam periods.

5. The Student Service Center (SSC) posts the final examination room assignments a few days before exams begin. Most exams are not administered in the same classrooms in which the classes took place.

6. Final exams take place on the second and third floors of the law school. During the review and final exam periods, please be as quiet as possible in the classroom, library, and study areas.

On the Day or Evening of a Final Examination

1. Students report to the exam room 30 minutes before the start of the exam to check in with the proctors. Please double check the Final Examination Room Assignment Schedule the morning of an examination; infrequently, an exam may be assigned to another room due to building problems, etc. There is no talking in an exam room before, during, or after the exam.

2. Students must have their UDM Law ID card and four-digit final examination number with them at all times during the final examination period.

3. Students may bring the following into an exam in a clear plastic zipper bag (maximum size: one gallon): wallet, keys, writing utensils, Kleenex, etc. Students also may bring a beverage with a cap or lid and a snack (nothing that causes noise upon opening, like a bag of chips). Students using Exam 4 may bring a notebook/laptop in its carrying case.

4. Students also may bring one backpack or one purse or one briefcase into the room—one per person. Student place these items at the front of the room during the exam.

5. Students may not bring the following items into the exam room at any time before, during, or after the exam:

Cell phones/Smart phones

Books unless allowed by the professor

Notes unless allowed by the professor

Scratch paper unless allowed by the professor

Beepers

Beeping watches (Analog watches allowed.)

Digital watches (Analog watches allowed.)

Timers

Headsets

Headphones or ear plugs (The School provides ear plugs at student request.)

Electronic, photographic, and recording devices

Listening devices

Calculators unless allowed by the professor

Hats or hoods other than religious attire

6. Students are advised to use the restroom before checking in for an exam. Restrooms and halls are monitored during final exams. Once exams start, proctors will allow only one student at a time to leave the room to use the restroom. A student must leave his/her exam with the proctor, sign out, and sign in upon his/her return.

7. The proctor determines the start and stop times for all exams using the clock in the classroom.

8. Students who arrive 15 minutes late or less for an exam may take the exam but are limited to the original "stop time" for the exam. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late for an exam will be referred to Dean Caprio. Dean Caprio determines if a student will be allowed to take an exam for which the student arrived more than 15 minutes late.

9. Students who are ill before an exam are asked to see Dean Caprio before the start of the exam. Students who become ill during an exam should take their exam to the proctor, advise the proctor that they are sick, and immediately see Dean Caprio.

10. On rare occasions, students may notice typographical errors on an examination. The great majority of these errors do not create any ambiguity; students should simply answer the question asked (as if there had been no typographical error). Should a potential error create an ambiguity in an essay question, students should note the ambiguity, state their assumptions about the meaning of the question being asked or the fact provided, then proceed to answer the question. Only in the instance of an obvious substantive error or a grievous ambiguity should students consult the proctor.

11. Students who finish an exam may leave the exam room after submitting their exams. Please leave quietly and refrain from loud talking in the halls, study areas, and library. No one may leave the exam room after the 15-minute warning.

12. Students are not allowed to discuss the contents of exams with faculty until grades are submitted. Students are advised not to discuss exams with one another unless certain that all of the students have taken the exam.

Taking a Final Examination

1. Under the Student Handbook, students are required to follow the proctor's directions during an examination. Failure to do so is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

2. Proctors require students to place all backpacks, purses, notebook/tablet cases, etc. at the front of the room during an exam.

3. Students check in with the proctor during the 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the exam. To check in, students present their UDM Law ID to the proctor at the podium. The proctor will check off the names of students who check in. Students return to their seats and place their UDM Law ID in front of them on the table.

4. The proctors distribute exams and exam materials after they have checked in all students. In E4 exam rooms, the proctor will ask students to complete the Release of Liability form before distributing the exam materials. Proctors then distribute blue books, Scantrons, etc., as needed for the exam. Lastly, proctors distribute the exam itself, placing it face down on the table in front of the student. Students may not turn over the exam until directed to do so by the proctor. Students may not make notes on the exam or scratch paper until the exam begins. Students may not use pens, pencils, or a notepad/tablet until the exam begins. Students must place their UDM Law ID card on the table

5. At the start of the exam, the proctor will direct students to write their exam numbers on their blue books, exams, and Scantron sheets where applicable. Individual exam instructions may dictate that students place exam numbers on every page of the test, etc. Please follow the professors' instructions carefully.

6. Professors include instructions for an exam on the first page. Please make certain to count the pages of the exam to confirm that the exam is not missing any pages and to see how the exam is arranged: true/false, essay, short answer, multiple choice. Professors often have specific requirements such as: writing on every other line, writing on one side of a page, a required reading period, word limitation, etc.

7. The proctor determines the start and stop time for an exam using the clock in the classroom. The proctor will announce 15-minute, 5-minute and 1-minute warnings before the end of an exam. Once the proctor calls time, students must stop writing or typing immediately. There are no exceptions.

8. At the end of the exam, the proctor will check in students and exams. No more than on student may check in at the podium at a time. There is no talking in the exam room during check in. This is strictly enforced. Students checking in must return exam answers, the exam itself, all scratch paper, and all unused blue books. Exam 4 users will upload their exams following the proctor's directions before turning in their test materials.

9. Please remember to leave the exam room quietly and to remain quiet in the halls, study areas, and library throughout the review and exam periods.