Student Town Hall - Nov. 11
Changes to end-of-semester procedures--including final exams--were discussed at a Student Town Hall on November 11. Much of the information discussed can be found below, or you can also download and view the presentation [pdf].
Fall 2020 Exam Procedures
Law School Building and Library Hours
Students mus continue to follow all COVID safety protocols, including wearing face coverings at all times in the law library and building.
Links for forms requesting group study spaces and exam spaces are below:
|Date||Law School Building Hours||Law Library Hours|
|November 25||6 AM – 11 PM||8 AM – 5 PM|
|November 28||9 AM – 11 PM||9 AM – 11 PM|
|November 29||9 AM – 11 PM||9 AM – 11 PM|
|November 30||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 1||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 2||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 3||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 4||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 6 PM|
|December 5||9 AM – 11 PM||9 AM – 11 PM|
|December 6||9 AM – 11 PM||9 AM – 11 PM|
|December 7||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 8||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 9||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 10||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 8 PM|
|December 11||6 AM – 11 PM||7 AM – 6 PM|
Students taking a timed “in-class” exam must complete their exams within a 24-hour window beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST on the scheduled exam day and ending at 9:00 a.m. EST the following day. The time allotted to work on the exam will be as set by the professor plus an additional 15 minutes for uploading the exam answer. Thus, if a student were to access a 3-hour exam at 1:00 p.m. on the scheduled exam day, the student would be required to complete the exam no later than 4:00 p.m. and to upload the exam by 4:15 p.m.
All students taking timed in-class exams will receive the additional 15 minutes to upload their exam answers. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine on a case-by-case basis whether any student may receive additional time beyond the 15 minutes for technological issues or for other issues associated with remote administration.
Professors may choose to use Blackboard to give multiple choice exams. Students will access their course in Blackboard. The timer starts once the exam begins. A Blackboard practice exam has been created for students to practice using the platform prior to the beginning of exams.
Your professor may choose to use the Examplify software to administer an in-class exam, which will be available in a timed template. The template will be accessible a few days prior to the scheduled exam. When you receive notification that the exam template is available, please download it. On the day of the exam, you will receive a password via email that will grant you access to the exam. When you select “start exam,” the timer will begin.
The exam questions will be in a PDF attachment within the exam template. Please type your answers within the space provided in Examplify; do not open a Word document to type your answers. When the time for taking the exam expires, the exam template will automatically close. Answers submitted by other means will not be accepted. You must upload the answer file within 15 minutes after exiting the exam.
Exam templates for accommodated students will account for the additional time allotted. You are responsible for making sure that your laptop meets the specifications to install the software. A mock Examplify exam is available for you to practice using the platform.
Professors may choose to use TWEN to administer an in-class exam. Faculty will upload their exam question(s) to their TWEN course page. Students will download the exam question from TWEN, use Microsoft Word to type their answers, and upload/submit their answers back to TWEN.
A TWEN course has been created for students to practice using TWEN to download and upload their examination files prior to the beginning of exams.
Anonymous grading will be facilitated via TWEN and Examplify. Some professors may elect to give anonymous exams through Blackboard.
- For exams using TWEN, you should use only your AEGS number on your Microsoft Word Document. Place your AEGS number in the header of the document.
- For exams using Examplify, the software will automatically use your assigned AEGS number. Do not put your name anywhere in your answers.
- For exams using Blackboard, you will log in with your network username and password. Your administrator will be responsible for providing the multiple-choice grades to the professor using your AEGS number for those exams that will be graded anonymously. Because all Blackboard exams will be multiple choice only, your professor may elect not to grade anonymously because it is an objectively graded exam.
If students experience issues during their exam, they should contact their exam administrator as assigned in the attached exam schedule or email@example.com, not their professor, to preserve anonymity. The exam administrators are Romona Keith, Austina Wolverton, and Natalie McCoy. For take-home/checkout exams, please contact Vanessa McQuinn.
The Academic Technology Department will provide technical support for students from 7:30am – 10:00pm EST Monday – Friday and Saturday 8:00am – 10:00am EST to cover the 24-hour window for Friday exams.
Below you can find links to important information regarding AutoRecover, backup copies, and word count in Word:
For technology related exam questions, please contact The Academic Technology Department.
Students with accommodations should follow the in-class exam procedures. Heather Beatty will contact students with accommodations about their exam administration.
Take-home and check-out exams will be administered as per professor instructions. No extra time will be given to take these exams; nor will students taking these exams receive an additional 15 minutes to upload their exams. Vanessa McQuinn will administer all take-home and check-out exams.
Although all exams will be administered remotely, all students are subject to the University of South Carolina School of Law Honor Code. For in-class exams, Blackboard, Examplify, TWEN, and Microsoft Word record when students begin to work on the exam, how long students work on the exam, and when the exam is submitted. Please be mindful that working on an exam longer than the allowed time without permission to do so violates the Honor Code.
The Honor Code of the University of South Carolina School of Law applies to all aspects of examinations. I pledge that I will neither give nor receive unauthorized assistance on, nor will I engage in prohibited communications regarding any examination. I understand that any communication with another person about the content of an exam or exam answers will be treated as a serious violation of the Honor Code and may result in a failing grade for the course.
In accordance with Section VI.E. of the Student Handbook, a student can petition the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for an exam postponement in extenuating circumstances. The Exam Postponement Form can be found on the Law Registrar’s webpage and should be submitted to the Law Registrar's Office.