Exams Information and Schedules
Updated February 2, 2017
The Spring 2017 Exam Schedule is linked above. Please review it to find the days and times of your exams. The exam schedule is subject to revision and exams may be added.
It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the exam schedule, policies and procedures. Please carefully review all correspondence from the university regarding exams and other matters. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Registrar at 206.398.4150 or e-mail email@example.com.
If you have an examination schedule conflict as outlined in the Student Handbook, you will have the opportunity to fill out an Exam Conflict Form. These forms will be available from the Office of the Registrar starting March 27 and will be due on April 13. Confirmation of rescheduled exams will be sent by April 17.
Each term, the Registrar generates a unique four-digit exam number to be used for all exams. Your exam code changes every semester. You may view your exam code on SU Online. Please use this four-digit number in place of your name on exams and it will be used as your login for ExamSoft. If you lose or forget your exam number and you are not able to log into SU Online please go to the Exam Office. You must have a valid form of identification (student ID, driver’s license, state ID, military ID or passport) when requesting your number in person. Under no circumstances will exam numbers be given via telephone.
A course must have ten or more students enrolled to be eligible for an alternative exam, and at least five students must opt for the alternative exam for one to be scheduled. Alternative exams are not permitted in summer semester courses. It is within the discretion of an individual faculty member to offer an alternative exam date within the regular exam period. Students are responsible for the process of obtaining approval from their professor and then contacting the Registrar. The Registrar must approve the date and time. Alternate exams are not permitted in summer courses.
Alternate exam request forms will be available two months before the exam period begins. Alternate dates are subject to date and room availability and, once permission is received from the professor, should be arranged with Sheila Underwood, Registrar, at 206.398.4153 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternate exam forms for Spring 2017 exams are due on Thursday, April 13th.
Students who have disabilities that require accommodation in the exam process or scheduling should discuss these requirements early in the semester with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Donna Claxton Deming (email@example.com). Appropriate accommodations will be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Documentation of the disability will be required.
No student shall be required to take exams during consecutive exams periods, such as two in the same day, an evening exam followed by a morning exam, or three exams in three days (see Student Handbook). Exams on two consecutive days do not constitute a conflict.
Rescheduled exams must be taken during the next exam period in which no conflict exists between the first day and the last day of exams. Exams cannot be rescheduled for a date that precedes the scheduled date (or the alternative date, if applicable).
Students will be notified when exam conflict resolution forms are available. Conflict forms must be completed and returned to the Office of the Registrar. Students will receive confirmation of the conflict resolution via email.
If prior to a scheduled exam, an emergency arises, you must contact Dean Deming prior to the scheduled date of the exam. In the case of illness, a note from a physician who has diagnosed and treated you must be submitted before the exam can be rescheduled. In all other cases, you must submit a statement setting forth the nature of the emergency. Do not contact your professor. Faculty does not reschedule exams and any attempt to contact a faculty member may jeopardize the anonymous grading system.
In order to use your laptop computer, you must have properly installed the SofTest software (also referred to as ExamSoft). SofTest is a program that allows you to use your laptop as a simple word processor. At the same time, it blocks access to any stored files during the exam administration. If you are taking an open book exam, you MUST print out your notes prior to the exam. You will not have access to notes on your hard drive.
If you choose to use your computer for your exam, you will be expected to stay for the entire exam administration. If you finish the exam early, you may turn in your exam questions and leave the room, but your computer must remain. Students will not be permitted to leave the room within 15 minutes of the end of the exam. At the end of the exam, you must return to the exam room in order to complete the upload process.
It is advisable to bring an ethernet cord with you to all exams. In the event that there are problems with the wireless network, an ethernet cord will enable you to upload your exam on time.
SofTest download instructions will be emailed prior to the exam period. These instructions will include a deadline for downloading the software. If you do not complete the SofTest download before the deadline you will not be able to use your computer for exams.
If you have difficulty downloading SofTest, please contact Assistant Registrar AnaLuisa Orantes (2nd floor of Administration area). Ms. Orantes can be reached at 206.398.4138 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an emergency arises, or a student is so sick that s/he will be unable to sit for the exam, the student must contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Donna Claxton Deming (email@example.com or 206.398.4307). Please remember that a request for an accommodation or reschedule in these instances must be supported by appropriate documentation.
Do not contact your professor. Faculty does not reschedule exams and any attempt to contact a faculty member may jeopardize the anonymous grading system.
Questions? Contact the exam Coordinator, Megan Peter at 206.398.4154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. During exam times the Exam Coordinator can be reached in the Exam Office, Room C3, at 206.398.4331.
Where is the anonymous grading system?
The anonymous grading system promotes objective grading and encourages free interchanges in class between faculty and students. DO NOT contact your professor about scheduling or processing of exams; it will compromise the anonymity of the grading system
- Where can I find my Exam Code?
You can review your exam code number on SU Online. Do not write your name or any other identifying information on your exam. If you forget your number, the Exam Coordinator or the Law School Registrar will be able to provide you with your number upon showing of appropriate identification.
- Who is the Exam Coordinator and where can I find her?
Megan Peter is the Exam Coordinator. You can reach Ms. Peter at 206.398.4154 or email@example.com. During exams, Room C3 will serve as the exam office. The phone number is 206.398.4331.
- How do I know where my exam is being given?
An exam schedule is available online. Each day's exams will also be posted outside the Exam Office, C3, during the exam period. Exam Office hours will also be posted there.
- What can I bring with me into the exam room?
If writing your exam, you will be supplied blue books, scratch paper, and a green objective answer sheet if applicable. Students using a laptop will be given scratch paper. If it is a closed book exam, you may bring only pens and pencils (most faculty require that you write your exams in blue or black ink). If it is an open-book exam, your professor will give you specific instructions as to what you may bring to the exam. Some students find it helpful to bring earplugs. You may not bring radios, tape players or MP3 players, with or without headphones, or palm pilots. You cannot eat in the exam room and all beverages must have lids. Please do not bring anything that beeps: watches, pagers, or cell phones
- What should I do if I get sick during an exam?
If during an exam, you become so seriously ill that you cannot complete the test, you must notify the proctor of the nature and seriousness of the illness. The proctor will note the time and your exam number and collect the exam and any written work. You will then report to the Exam Coordinator for further instructions. Prior to rescheduling the exam, you must supply a written statement from a physician indicating the cause and seriousness of your illness and if the illness made you incapable of completing the exam. Remember, it is better to defer an exam than to start it and have to leave.
- Is there anything else I should know about the exam process?
All students are subject to the Seattle University School of Law Academic Integrity Code. It is a violation of the Code to give, seek or receive information, answers or solutions to exams; to divulge questions or answers, or comment upon the substantive nature of the exam under circumstances in which a person could use the information to improve his or her performance on the same exam; to use resources not authorized by the faculty member; either to discuss a take home exam with another person or to work with another person on a take-home exam without the faculty member's permission; to violate any other rules established to ensure the integrity of the exam; except when authorized by a faculty member, to enter a faculty office, secretarial area, or other area with the intent to obtain a copy of an exam. A copy of The Academic Integrity Code is included in the Student Handbook.
- Who should I talk to if I have any questions about exams?
Dean Deming is responsible for the overall administration of exams at the Law School. You can reach Dean Deming or her assistant Deann Ketchum at 206.398.4307 or 4302. You may also contact the Exam Coordinator, Megan Peter at 206.398.4154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.