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Final written examinations are required in most courses at the close of each semester. In addition, other examinations may be required during a course. The student's final grade will be based principally upon his/her achievement as reflected in such examinations.
The permit is used for all exams and must be printed out prior to the beginning of every final exam period. The Registrar's Office will send an e-mail a few weeks before finals letting students know when exam permits will be available for download. Students can download exam permits when available from: www.law.msu.edu/students/services
IMPORTANT: Students must present the downloaded exam permit along with their MSU Affiliate ID or MSU student ID upon entering the exam room. No other form of identification will be accepted. See Identification section below for more information.
If you encounter any difficulty in downloading your exam permit, contact the Registrar's Office.
HOLDS: If a department hold exists on a student's account, the student's exam permit cannot be downloaded until the hold has been released by the department placing the hold.
Therefore, in order to receive an exam permit for finals the student must not have any holds. Only the department that issued the hold can remove the hold. Students with financial holds will not receive an exam permit until the holds are cleared or a deferment is given.
If a student wishes to maintain anonymity, the exam permit number should never be given out or displayed to other students. Students should use the exam permit to enter the examination room as required, and place the number on exam materials as directed.
After the exam period, the student should keep their exam permit number with their records for possible later reference.
(Adopted May 11, 1971. Rewritten June 18, 1996.)
An exam conflict is one in which a student has two exams on the same day, at the same time. When this occurs, the time of one of the exams will be rescheduled, but the day of the exams will remain the same. In addition, the Associate Dean for Student Engagement may for compelling reasons reschedule an exam to occur within 24 hours of the originally scheduled time. Compelling reasons include, but are not limited to: 1. The exam schedule changes after the student has registered, or 2. A student has three consecutive exams (for example, one evening exam and two exams immediately following on the next, or three exams in any one day). There must be compelling reasons to reschedule an exam that does not conflict with another exam and the request must be submitted to and approved by the Associate Dean for Student Engagement.
Students enrolled in courses with simultaneous exam times are required to take up to two examinations on the same day and must be sequestered from their fellow students until the start of their second examination.
Please report any exam conflicts to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at least two (2) weeks prior to the start of the examination period by submitting a "Statement of Exam Conflict."
Every effort is made to accommodate students in their choice of exam times. However, the Law College reserves the right to mandate an exam schedule when it is in the best interests of the student body.
Once an exam conflict accommodation form is received and approved, it is the student's responsibility to report to the Registrar's Office the day of the exam conflict immediately after their first exam has ended. The student will remain sequestered for the interim period of exams on the day in conflict. If the day in conflict runs through lunchtime, it will be the student's responsibility to bring a brown bag lunch, as you will remain sequestered during this time.
ExamSoft is the software used by MSU Law and Guest students to take in-class finals that require laptops. There are specific instructions regarding the use of ExamSoft for an in-class examination versus a take-home examination. Please visit the following website for the most current instruction manuals: http://www.law.msu.edu/registrar/exams.html
Students are strongly encouraged to perform a practice final examination using ExamSoft to become familiar with the program and the steps required.
All MSU Law and Guest students must present their MSU Law student I.D. card in order to sit for each final exam. Identification cards may be obtained at the MSU ID Office, Room 170 in the MSU International Center, prior to exams.
(Adopted: April 19, 1995. Amended: November 12, 1997; April 17, 2002; March 23, 2011.)
If a student is unable to take a mid-term or final exam, or turn in a final course paper, such that a grade of "W" will otherwise be the outcome, for reasons beyond his/her control, then the student may petition to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for an opportunity to take a "make up mid-term exam", make-up final exam or receive the grade of "I", or to extend the deadline for the final course paper. Such a petition must be promptly made after the events in question have occurred. The granting or denial of any petition under this policy is within the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, whose determination is final.
If the events in question precluded the submission of a final course paper in a timely manner, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may, in his/her discretion, extend the deadline for submission thereof by no more than 30 days.
An incomplete shall be permitted for a missed final examination pursuant to the following:
Students who wish to take their final examination using a bluebook when laptops are permitted may do so. Non-laptop students are encouraged to bring earplugs if there is any concern regarding distractions. Earplugs also can be obtained from exam room proctors.
(Adopted: April 19, 1995. Amended November 12, 1997; April 17, 2002.)
Some courses, particularly seminars, often require a paper or project in lieu of an examination, or in addition to the examination. In courses where a paper or project is required, the due date shall be the date specified by the faculty member teaching the course or, if no date is specified, the last day of the examination period.
For good cause, a due date later than the date set for faculty submission of grades may be permitted, but only with the concurrence of the faculty member and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The failure to turn in a written work on or before the due date constitutes a withdrawal from the course unless the student has been granted a grade of "I" (incomplete).
If the events beyond the student's control preclude the submission of a final course paper in a timely manner, the Associate Dean may extend the deadline for submission thereof by no more than thirty (30) days.
If an examination falls on a religious holiday the student is required to observe, the student must notify the Associate Dean for Student Engagement to arrange for a make-up date and time.
(Amended: November 17, 2015.)
The following devices or items are not permitted in the exam testing area, which includes restrooms and exam floor hallways:
Possession of prohibited devices or items during the examination or in the restrooms and exam floor hallways will be deemed an exam irregularity pursuant to the MSU Law Code of Student Discipline.
Any faculty, staff (including examination proctors), or student of the Law College has standing to assert a violation of the Code.
Anonymity, equality, and security are seen as imperatives in the examination process. Policies and procedures have been established to promote these goals and provide for the best possible conditions under which all students can take examinations. All exams are administered by proctors under the supervision of the Registrar. Students are expected to respond appropriately to proctors’ requests and to guard against even the perception or appearance of inappropriate exam behavior.
In the event you must vacate the examination testing area while an exam is still in progress, for reasons such as a fire alarm, the Examination Security and Conduct Policies noted above continue to apply.
(Adopted: April 12, 2000.)
Pursuant to the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), students with a documented disability may receive exam accommodations as authorized by the Associate Dean for Student Engagement. The student must provide documentation from a licensed medical professional that includes a medical and/or psychological evaluation, diagnosis, and accommodation recommendations. Testing must have been conducted within the last two (2) years in order to be considered for special accommodation.
A student who has received approval from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for testing accommodations must submit a "Special Accommodation Request" form (PDF) to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the beginning of every semester. The form is available outside the Registrar's Office (309).
(Adopted: April 12, 2000.)
Students for whom English is a Second Language (ESL) may receive exam accommodations under some circumstances. The Associate Dean for Student Engagement in his or her discretion may grant the following accommodations under the following circumstances:
(Adopted: April 10, 1996-Supersedes Policy Adopted Decembber 1, 1981. Amended August 19, 1998; April 17, 2002.)
"W" signifies that the student has withdrawn from the course. A student may withdraw, without permission, at any time prior to entering the examination room. Once the student enters the examination room, he/she is committed to receiving a grade.
Withdrawal from any course during a semester may affect eligibility for scholarships, Law Review and financial aid.
Excessive withdrawal from courses may result in the inability to complete the J.D. degree curriculum within the required number of years.
A student may not withdraw from Research, Writing & Analysis or Advocacy unless the student withdraws from all courses in that semester.
NOTE: Employers notice withdrawals on transcripts. Seeing multiple withdrawals ("W") on a student's transcript may dissuade an employer from making an offer of employment to a student. Why? Because it indicates an inability on the student's part to meet deadlines and lack of commitment in completing tasks
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