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Exam Policy

1. Student Personal Belongings

  • Students will be required to leave their backpacks, handbags, and cell phones in a secured locker located next to the testing cubicles. A key will be provided. Cell phones, pagers and PDA's must be turned off.
  • Exam materials are permitted per faculty instructions.
  • If the use of a word processor is permitted, as long as the professor agrees, the student may use their own laptop. The Academic Resource Center does not have laptops for student use.  The only computers the Academic Resource Center has are the ones provided by the IT Department. These computers are out in the open.
  • Students are not allowed to bring their own scrap paper. If scrap paper is needed, the student must ask an administrator in the Academic Resource Center and obtain the paper from the office's supply.

2. Late Examinees

  • Students who arrive late will not be given additional testing time. They must finish at their designated stopping time.
  • Students who arrive thirty minutes after the exam is scheduled to be administered will not be allowed to take the exam. An administrator will inform the professor that the exam was not administered. The student is responsible for contacting the professor to discuss possible arrangements that may be made to take the exam.

3. Personal Breaks

  • One student may leave the exam room for a personal break, but must notify an administrator first. Personal breaks are restricted to the use of the restroom and should not exceed a five minute duration. Students taking personal breaks must place their exam face-down on the table until they return.

4. Exam Queries

  • The administrator will not answer any questions regarding the interpretation of the exam content.
  • Attempts will be made by the administrator to contact a professor if there is a suspected error on the exam or an ambiguous question.
  • Students who raise concerns about the meaning of an exam item should indicate these concerns on the written exam.
  • Questions are accepted only during the exam period.
  • No communication (physical, verbal, or electronic) between students will be permitted.

5. Time Allowances

  • Students will be provided extended time, depending on the student's accommodation, for exams. The office cannot accommodate any additional time that a professor provides to the regular class administration. The time provided for an exam in a course that meets one night per week will be determined on a case by case basis.

6. Academic Misconduct

  • Acts that violate the standard of honesty include cheating (unauthorized use of notes, talking, copying from another student), and intentionally helping another student will be viewed as a violation of college policy.
  • A proctor who observes academic misconduct during an exam will inform the student of the misconduct as soon as is practical and consonant with maintaining the order of the exam area and assuring a degree of privacy for the interaction between the student and proctor.
    • The student has the obligation to surrender to the proctor any materials which the proctor has reason to believe were used inappropriately in the course of the exam. Failure to comply with such a request is a violation of the College's Community Standards.
    • The proctor should provide the course instructor with a description of the misconduct.
    • The instructor will then follow the procedures outlined in the Statement on Academic Honesty.

Adapted from Babson College, Disability Services, Office of Academic Services

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