Prior to the beginning of each examination period, each student is provided with a unique Course/Examination number for every course enrolled whether or not the course Examination numbers are computer generated to protect the identity of each student and to facilitate blind grading. Each semester, examination numbers will be different.
All students are responsible for the content of Examination Rules and Regulations and violations thereof, including Suffolk University Law School Regulation II Academic Standards F,. Academic Integrity and XI Student Conduct and Discipline.
If the student is also scheduled to sit for a midterm examination which will count toward the final grade, the student will be issued a second examination number. Examination numbers for midterm exams will be available on Campus Cruiser > Examination Tab > My Exam Number > TermXX/FLM (Fall) or XX/SLM (Spring).
All students are expected to prepare and sit for all examinations as scheduled.
A student who is unable to sit for an examination as scheduled due to illness, death of a family member or for other extenuating circumstances, must notify the dean of students office in advance of the examination at 617-573-8157. students are cautioned that contact with the faculty member will nullify your anonymity and preclude you from sitting for the examination on a make up date.
Please see the Rules and Regulations for complete information.
Any student who has been excused from taking an examination in a previous semester is required to make up the missed examination at the next regularly scheduled examination in the course.
A permanent grade of “F” will be recorded if the student fails to take the next regularly scheduled examination of the course.
All students are required to register to take the make up exam at the registrar's office no later than 30 days prior to the commencement of the examination period in which the examination is scheduled.
Students may retake an examination in any course for which a grade of less than “C” was received, in accordance with the rules and regulations.
Students requesting exam accommodations should complete an Accommodations Request Form (.doc) 60 days prior to each exam period to allow adequate time for scheduling the logistics involved with these requests. Forms received after this date will not be considered unless extenuating circumstances have interfered with one's ability to meet this deadline.
All students who have been approved for accommodations based on a permanent or temporary disability will receive an official letter from the Dean of Students Office outlining their approved accommodations. Students are encouraged to keep these letters for their records should they submit an application for exam accommodations for any of the bar exams.
All law school examinations are scheduled through the Registrar's Office. The Registrar will be notified in advance of all approved exam accommodations. Before the exam period, students will receive a written notification from the Registrar's Office to confirm the exam accommodations, times, locations, and instructions for each scheduled examination. Unless otherwise approved by the Dean of Students Office, any student who arrives late to an examination will have only the remaining allotment of time to complete the exam.
Under no circumstances should students discuss exam accommodations with their faculty members. All questions and concerns should be directed to the Dean of Students Office. Maintaining the integrity of the anonymous grading system is a student responsibility and a critical component to the student code of conduct.
1. All examination rooms must be completely vacated one half hour prior to the scheduled time for the examination. Thereafter, students may only enter the examination room when the proctor so indicates.
Students who enter the room prior to the proctor’s arrival to the examination will be asked to vacate the room. All students must be checked into the examination room.
Students are expected to be on time for examinations and arrive 30 minutes before the starting time of the exam. Any student who arrives after the start time of the examination, due to transportation problems or other extenuating circumstances should report to the Dean of Students. Only the Dean of Students may permit the student to begin the examination at a later time with the full time allocation. Any student who arrives to the examination room after the starting time of the examination (without approval of the Dean of Students) will not be permitted any additional time to complete the examination.
Students who arrive late to an Examsoft room will be required to handwrite the examination.
2. There shall be no materials of any kind in the examination area during CLOSED BOOK examinations. Students taking LIMITED OPEN BOOK examinations will be allowed to bring in only those materials specifically authorized by the professor. Students must leave their personal belongings including hats, caps or hoods in the front of the room in the area designated by the proctor. Students may not return to their personal belongings while the examination is in process, except under the direct supervision of the proctor.
Students are strongly encouraged not to bring any non examination materials (other than personal items) into the examination room for a closed book/limited open book examination. Students who remove articles of clothing like sweaters or jackets during the examination must place these items under the desk. Students will not be permitted to leave these articles on writing surfaces or on the backs or seats of chairs.
No student is permitted to bring any electronic devices into the examination room including cell phones, hand held computers, PDA's, calculators (unless permitted), cameras, radios, tape recorders, headphones/headsets, wireless email devices and/or any other electronic device. All watches must have alarms disabled. No laptops are permitted in any handwriting rooms.
3. UPON ENTERING THE EXAMINATION ROOM, EACH STUDENT MUST PRESENT HIS OR HER STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARD TO THE PROCTOR IN ORDER TO RECEIVE HIS OR HER SEALED EXAMINATION ANSWER BOOK. THE EXAMINATION ANSWER BOOK MUST REMAIN SEALED UNTIL THE PROCTOR ANNOUNCES THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE EXAMINATION. WRITING ON THE EXAMINATION ANSWER BOOKLET PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE EXAMINATION IS NOT PERMITTED.
4. Each student's identification card must be visible during the course of the examination.
5. Students will receive only one examination answer book, and will be required to fully complete the assigned book before requesting supplemental writing material. Students will not be allowed additional writing material for outlining purposes. Students should use the available space on the examination or in the examination answer book for outlining. The proctor must determine that all available space has been used in the assigned examination book before additional material will be issued.
a.Since the examination process is anonymous, students shall not identify themselves to the Professor in any manner whatsoever in the examination book.
b."Examination Rules and Regulations provide that a student shall not reveal to a course instructor, in an examination booklet or in any other manner, any fact(s) identifying the exam writer by name or otherwise providing information concerning the identity of the author of a particular examination booklet prior to the date on which grades are disseminated by the law school Registrar. A violation of the Regulations constitutes a violation of the Law School’s Academic Integrity Rule as set forth in the Student Handbook.”
7. Students shall not remove pages or portions thereof from the examination questions, the examination answer book, or from any supplemental materials handed out by the proctor.
8. Students are requested to consider and respect the rights of others and to avoid any actions which would be distracting to others during the examinations.
Students may bring in beverages in covered containers only. No food is permitted in the examination room, unless a documented medical condition exists and is authorized by the Dean of Students.
9. When the proctor announces the commencement of the examination, no student shall speak or communicate in any way with another student. Students shall not communicate with each other until after they have left the examination room at the conclusion of the examination.
Students may not share textbooks or any other materials with one another nor provide assistance to another student.
10. Students shall not leave the room during the examination without prior permission of the proctor. Only ONE student is permitted to leave the examination room at a time and must sign out and in. The student must give all of his or her materials to the proctor upon leaving the room. The materials will be returned by the proctor to the student upon reentering the examination room.
Students may leave the examination room, with proctor permission, only to use the restroom on the same floor as the examination room in which the student is taking the examination. Students are not permitted to visit any other areas for any other reason during the examination.
11. When a student completes his or her examination, the student must return the examination questions, the examination answer book and supplementary writing materials, handouts, answer sheets, examination cards and all materials distributed during the examination.
Student Examination Numbers must appear on the front cover of each examination test booklet in the space provided.
12. Upon completion of the examination and recording by the proctor, the student shall immediately depart the examination area and shall not return until the examination process has been completed by the proctor and the room is cleared of all examinees.
13. NO STUDENT, INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE EXAMINATION, WILL BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE ROOM DURING THE LAST TEN MINUTES OF THE EXAMINATION.
14. ONCE THE PROCTOR ANNOUNCES THAT THE EXAMINATION HAS ENDED, ALL REMAINING STUDENTS MUST STOP WRITING AND REMAIN SEATED. THE PROCTOR WILL THEN INFORM THE STUDENTS WHEN THEY MAY APPROACH THE DESK TO SUBMIT THEIR EXAMINATION MATERIALS.
15. It is the student's responsibility to see that the aforementioned materials are recorded by the proctor.
Suffolk University Law School allows students to type examinations on laptops. Students participating will be required to use special software, entitled Examsoft. The purpose of the software is to allow students to type examinations on their personal laptop computer in a secure, limited, word processor-like environment. While running, Examsoft prohibits access to all laptop's other programs and files. Students may not access computerized notes, outlines or materials during the exam. The typed examination is saved in an encrypted format. Once the examination is ended, the examination may only be opened and printed by authorized personnel.
Who can participate?
Only students taking 2 or 3 hour examinations at the regularly scheduled examination times will be allowed to participate in Examsoft, provided these examinations are not exclusively multiple choice. Students who currently receive ADA or ESL accommodations in the examination process are eligible to participate in Examsoft. (Examinations that are rescheduled qualify for Examsoft use on a limited basis - DECEMBER and MAY ONLY). Students who reschedule an examination will be eligible to use Examsoft for the rescheduled examination provided the missed examination is rescheduled to the make-up date immediately following the originally scheduled examination (December and May exams only). Please refer to the current examination schedule to determine eligibility.
Exam Log. Any attempt to access other computer files or programs will be logged and reported to the proctor. With the examination answer file, a separate file exists which maintains a record of certain examination data. In addition to providing a log of examination settings, this file also records the time the student started the exam, the time the examination was ended by the student and any irregularities that might have occurred. The irregularity report will include any proctor restart, total lapsed time and if the examination was exited normally. This information may only be accessed through a special decrypt utility provided by Examsoft and available to authorized personnel.
Autosave. This feature automatically saves two separate encrypted copies of the examination answer file every minute, on a rotating basis during the exam. This ensures that no work will be lost in the event of a power outage or computer shutdown. When the examination is completed and the examinee exits Examsoft, a final single encrypted copy of the answer file is saved to the hard drive of the computer. This redundancy is provided to ensure a copy of the original exam answer file is available if needed. The copy of the answer file may only be opened with a special decrypt utility available to authorized personnel.
Limited word-processor. Examsoft's program will operate much like a word processor. No spell check, grammar check or thesaurus function will be available.
Restricted Printing and Exam File Access. Once the examination is complete, the student will return all examination materials to the proctor. The Assistant Dean for Academic Services will print the exam using a decrypt key and will deliver the hard copy to the professor for grading. Students will not have an opportunity to review their exam in printed form.
For back-up purposes only, a copy of the examination will remain on the laptop. The back-up copy will be encrypted and accessible only with a decrypt key. Students will not be provided with the decrypt key for any reason.
The encrypted examination will be printed within 24 hours of the administration of the examination, and should a problem occur with a student's printed examination, the Office of Academic Services will notify the student.
SofTest Windows - PC Requirements:
Symantec Antivirus program is available free of charge to all registered students. Students must keep their systems up-to-date with the latest operating system security updates from Microsoft or Apple and current virus definitions from Symantec or your preferred antivirus program. You are welcome to stop by the computer lab to ensure your laptop is properly configured. If your laptop causes suspicious traffic over the network, it will be suspended from the network until it is checked by Tech Support Services.
On July 18, 2016 Examsoft will be notified of the registered users
and registered courses.
All students are automatically registered for Examsoft usage for all eligible exams.
Download the Examsoft software (SofTest) & the course exam files from Examsoft between July 20, 2016 and August 4, 2016 at http://www.examsoft.com/suffolklaw
The steps include: download and installation of software, complete a qualification exam and register the software.
After installation, a SofTest icon will appear on your desktop
Launch SofTest (double click on SofTest icon)
Click on Download Exam Files
Enter username & password, Click Next
There is no download password, Click Next
Highlight you exams and click download
If any of these steps are not fulfilled, you will be ineligible to use Examsoft.Review Laptop Examination Rules
What should students bring to the exam?
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Questions Regarding Examsoft
Students with technical questions, not addressed at the Examsoft web site, should contact Gina Doherty, Director of Computer Services at 617-573-8352 or email@example.com.
All other questions regarding the laptop examinations should be referred to the Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Lorraine Cove at 617-573-8160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.