The information contained in these examination policies and procedures covers the following academic issues:
- Detailed instructions for sitting for Law School final examinations
- Use of Laptop Computers
- Using your examination number
- Completing examinations as scheduled
- Eligibility and instructions for rescheduling an examination due to conflict or illness
- Deadline for completing coursework
- Deadline for filing a Petition for Incomplete
Final Examination Schedules & Registrar Office Hours
Fall 2013 Exam Information
- Fall Final Exam Schedule
- Fall Final Exam Room Assignments - Available in November
- Fall Law Registrar's Exam Office Hours - Available in November
Final Examination Policies
Student examinations, in class and take home, are identified by number rather than name, and therefore, are graded in anonymity. Random examination numbers are assigned each semester and mailed to students prior to the commencement of the examination period.
Completing examinations as scheduled
Students must take final examinations in courses in which they are enrolled at the assigned times, except in the case of "take home" examinations, in which event the examination is due as designated by the instructor. A finalized examination schedule is posted on the Registrar's bulletin boards and distributed to students before the end of each semester. This schedule should be consulted, since the tentative final examination schedule published in the Registration Booklet is subject to change and may have been revised.
Inability to complete scheduled examinations
Postponement requests must be submitted to the Registrar by the deadline stated in each semester's examination material.
In the event of a conflict between examinations, one examination will be postponed. Rescheduled examinations are not administered prior to the published examination date and time. A conflict is deemed to exist when a student has examinations that are scheduled for the same time and date; when there are four (4) or fewer hours between the scheduled end of one examination and the scheduled commencement of the next examination that a student must take; or when a student has three examinations scheduled within two consecutive days. Two examinations on one day do not necessarily result in a conflict. Any student with a conflict must complete an Individual Examination petition (available in the Registrar's Office) in a timely manner to arrange for the postponement of an examination. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT CONTACT OR OTHERWISE DISCUSS POSTPONING AN EXAMINATION WITH THE INSTRUCTOR OR OTHER STUDENTS.
Illness or emergency circumstances
In the event that any student is unable to take a scheduled final examination because of illness or other emergency circumstances, it is necessary that the Office of the Registrar (415-422-6778) or the Office of the Assistant Dean (415-422-6304) be contacted prior to the examination and as soon as the situation arises. In the event that circumstances prevent a student from contacting either office prior to the scheduled commencement of the examination, the student must contact the office as soon as practical thereafter. Any student who has not contacted the Registrar or the Assistant Dean within 24 hours after the scheduled start of an examination will not, under any circumstance, be permitted to make-up the examination. DO NOT CONTACT OR OTHERWISE DISCUSS POSTPONEMENT OF THE EXAMINATION WITH THE INSTRUCTOR OR OTHER STUDENTS.
Upon satisfactory demonstration of inability to complete the examination as scheduled, the student will be permitted to make-up the examination without the imposition of any academic sanctions. Illness must be verified in writing by a physician stating the diagnosis and the period of incapacity.
Medical documentation should be
written on letterhead and signed by a medical professional. The documentation
should indicate the nature and extent of the student's situation/condition and
may include a specific recommendation based on the medical professional’s
expertise. Medical documentation must state the diagnosis, when it
was identified, the effect of medical condition on normal activity, the
effect of any medication, the expected duration of the treatment etc. It should
also explain any recommendation. Medical information received about a
student remains confidential under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy
Acceptable proof of other emergency circumstances will be required. In the event the student is unable to present an acceptable excuse for inability to complete the scheduled examinations academic sanctions will be imposed and, under some circumstances, a student may be precluded from making-up the examination, resulting in a grade of "F".
Students who do not take an examination by reason of conflict, or other approved reason will, subject to the foregoing paragraphs, have their examination rescheduled by the Registrar. Rescheduled exams are not administered prior to the published examination time; they are only postponed. Except in unusual circumstances, the Registrar will schedule make-up exams as close as possible to the original date of the examination without creating another conflict.
Students who reschedule examinations may, at the instructor's option, be required to take an examination different from the examination administered to the rest of the class.
Fulfilling Course Requirements
It is the policy of the faculty of the School of Law that students complete all course requirements in a timely manner.
All students enrolled in a course for which there is a final examination are required to take the examination at the time it is scheduled. If the course does not require an examination, but rather the completion of a paper, a series of papers or reports, etc., students are required to submit the material at the time specified by the instructor for the entire class.
If any student does not complete the requirements (as explained above) for a course in which he or she is enrolled, and has not been granted an “Incomplete” (see below), the instructor will not report a grade for that student and the Registrar's Office will automatically enter a grade of "F".
Students are required to complete all course work within the time allotted by the instructor for the entire class. Where unusual circumstances arise which create hardship and prevent a student from fulfilling these requirements, it may be possible for the student to receive an "Incomplete" and to thereby extend the deadline for completion of the course.
In order to receive an "Incomplete", students must file a petition, securing the approval of the instructor and the Assistant Dean. The forms to petition for an "Incomplete" are available in the Registrar's Office. In order to be considered, any petition must be approved and filed on or prior to the official last day of classes of the semester in which the “Incomplete” is taken. Failure to file the petition will result in a grade of "F" or “No Credit” (as appropriate) being recorded by the Registrar even when a verbal agreement has been made between the student and the instructor.
If the petition is granted, the designation "Incomplete" will be entered, temporarily, on the student's official transcript of record in lieu of a grade for the course. The student shall not receive unit credit, for any purpose, unless and until the course is satisfactorily completed in a timely manner.
In order to remove the "Incomplete" and receive credit for the course, the student must complete all work to the instructor's satisfaction and the grade for the course must be received by the Registrar's Office by the last official day of the grading period in the succeeding semester following that in which the “Incomplete” is taken. In the event that a grade is not reported to the Registrar, for any reason, by said date, a grade of "F" or “No Credit” (as appropriate) shall be entered for the course upon the official transcript of record.
Except in unusual circumstances, a student will not be permitted to take an "Incomplete" in more than one course in a single semester.