Duquesne University School of Law

Examination Policies

All students planning to use the laptop exam option must follow the MANDATORY LAPTOP REQUIREMENTS and the GENERAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR EXAMINATIONS.

(adapted from the Academic Bulletin)

Written examinations are held at the completion of all courses unless the faculty has determined otherwise. Each semester, all students are issued an examination number by the Registrar’s Office in order to ensure that grading will be anonymous. Failure to take an examination or to submit any papers required at the scheduled time in any course shall constitute a failure of such course.

For the purpose of maintaining anonymity, students are not to contact individual professors regarding requests for make-up examinations, rescheduling of examinations or any other matter regarding examinations until after grades are posted for those examinations.

Examination schedules will not be altered except for compelling reasons such as serious illness or serious family emergencies. Certification for illness or serious family emergencies must be presented to the Academic Status Committee along with a typed request (email or fax requests are unacceptable) for a make-up examination. Make-up examination requests will not be granted based on employment-related conflicts, a conflict with other final examinations, or a conflict with personal commitments such as weddings and vacations. 

The fee for all make-up examinations, without exception, is $50.00 per examination. Make-up examinations must be taken when scheduled by the Registrar.

The following regulations apply to all examinations. Violations of these regulations are considered infractions of the Disciplinary Code.

1.Examinees are not permitted to sit next to one another in any examination room but are to sit in alternate seats.

2.Examinees may only have the following items with them in the examination room during the course of any examination: laptop computers (refer to #12), writing pens, pencils, one copy of the examination, one copy of the examination bluebook or answer sheet, scratch paper provided by the Registrar's Office (unless not permitted by the faculty member administering the exam), and such materials as may be specifically permitted by the faculty member administering the exam. If a calculator is permitted during an exam, one with memory is not permitted.

3.Examinees, when outside of the examination room, are not permitted to make reference during the course of an examination to any books, notes, outlines, or any other materials.

4.Examinees are not permitted to smoke, eat or drink any beverages in the examination room. Smoking is prohibited in the School of Law and examinees are not permitted to leave the School of Law in order to smoke.

5.Examinees are not permitted to make or receive telephone calls during an examination. Smartphones and all other electronic devices are not permitted on your person during examinations. Watches must be set to emit no sounds.

6.Examinees may not remove their examination, examination bluebook, or answer sheet from the examination room.

7.Examinees are only permitted to use the restrooms located in the Student Lounge area and those located on the third floor of the School of Law. Only one person at a time is permitted to use restroom facilities. Examinees are not permitted to use any restrooms located in the Law Library.

8.Examinees are not permitted for any reason to leave the School of Law during an examination.

9.Examinees are not permitted to converse with anyone except a proctor during an examination.

10.Each examinee must physically turn in his/her examination, bluebook, or answer sheet to the assigned proctor in each examination room. An examinee may not exit the examination room until he/she has witnessed the logging-in process of his/her examination, bluebook, or answer sheet. Any examinee who fails to comply with this rule will receive a failing grade for the examination.

11.Examinees are not permitted to discuss any aspect of the examination with the faculty member who administered the exam prior to the grades being filed and posted in DORI for that examination. Students with concerns regarding the examination should contact the Registrar. 

12.Examinees wishing to type their examinations by the use of a laptop computer must furnish and properly maintain their own laptop computer and power cords. Students must have (a) laptop compatible with the latest version of SofTest software; (b) the newest version of SofTest software installed on their laptops; and (c) completed the SofTest Practice Exam by the deadline specified. Any problems with a laptop during the exam may require student to complete the exam in a bluebook. Additional regulations involving the use of laptop computers will be furnished to each examinee by the Registrar via http://duq.edu/academics/schools/law/technology/laptop-exams. Students must have the latest version of SofTest installed prior to taking a Practice Exam. Students who fail to complete the Practice Exam within the specified time period will not be permitted to take their examinations on laptops.

13.Students are not permitted to wear or bring a hat or cap into the examination room.

14.All book bags must be placed in the front of the examination room near the proctors. Purses must be placed on the floor near individual seats.

15.If the exam is open book, all materials must be in clear sight of the proctors. Regardless, examinees must also run the SofTest Software. Examinees may not use notes on the laptop or the Internet during examinations, and are not permitted to access the Internet or other third-party sources (such as commercial outlines, hornbooks, etc.) during the course of the exam.