Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle
Week of March 27, 2017
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Spring 2017 Final Exams.
•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2017" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.
•Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams (this information can also be found online here):
Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).
Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period (May 3-May 12). You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:
•Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm
•Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am
•No exams are given on Sunday
Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.
You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam. When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).
Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam and are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office. In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams. In addition, please note that you do not need to use SofTest for take-home exams.
If you have a take-home exam and it is to be picked up from, and/or returned to, the Registrar's Office, please note the following hours for the Registrar's Office:
Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning a take-home exam.
Because the Registrar's Office will be closed on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, you will not be able to pick up or return a take-home exam on those days, and you should plan accordingly. (For example, if you have a 24-hour take-home exam, you should not pick it up on Friday, May 5, because you will not be able to return it on Saturday.)
The last day of exams is Friday, May 12. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, please note that all such exams must be returned no later than Friday, May 12. In other words, you may not pick up an exam on May 12 and return it after that date -- you must return your completed exam on May 12.
You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit them in print form to the Registrar's Office.
•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 23-March 31. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 23; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, March 31, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.
Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).
•Exams Method Registration: March 23-March 31. Students have two choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop computer. (Some professors may require all students to handwrite the exam.)
Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam. Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.
To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 23; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, March 31, at 5:00 pm.
•Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.
Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.
The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:
- All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2017 exams.
- The SofTest software for exams will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
- Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows 8 RT is not supported.
- Windows Surface Pro requirments: Surface Pro 1, 2, & 4 (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported). Surface 3 (Pro and Non-Pro devices ARE supported).
- Mac Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
- A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
- Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These laptops may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the ITS department's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet to discuss your situation.
Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.
•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Librar.
Change of Division Requests: March 23-March 31. Students wishing to request a change ofdivision for the Fall 2017 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time daydivision, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, March 23. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, March 31, at 5:00 pm.
Summer 2017 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2017 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available on Monday, April 3, through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").
Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 6, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 11, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. (Please note: If you do not register during this initial registraiton period, you will still be able to register for any open class during the add/drop period, which will start on April 14; see below for details.) To register beginning on April 6, go to the Summer 2017 Quick Guide page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.
After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.
To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Friday, April 14. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Friday, April 14 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.
The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 14. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Monday, May 29, at 11:50 pm.
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