Information about rescheduling, exam emergencies, technical issues, accommodations, honor code, exam review scheduling, and more.
Any examination or quiz worth more than 25% of a final grade will be graded anonymously. The Shepard Broad College of Law uses Examplify to administer exams that follow an anonymous grading system. An anonymous grading system means faculty members do not know which student submitted a particular exam or paper.
Pursuant to Code 12.4 Appendix D of NSU Law's Code of Academic Regulations, students must not put their names or other identifying information on these examinations, quizzes, or any other assignments that faculty members or instructors have designated as anonymously graded.
If the faculty member or instructor administers more than one anonymously graded examination or quiz during a course, a different anonymous number will be distributed for each.
Out of courtesy to your fellow students, please refrain from talking or lingering in the hallways during the exam period, as exams are ongoing throughout the day. Even discussions in the Atrium can carry into exam rooms, so please do your best to socialize outside of the Law building during the exam period to avoid disturbing exam-takers.
Chromebooks, iPads, iPad Pros, Surface Pro devices running Windows S, virtual systems, and Linux operating systems are NOT compliant and NOT permitted to take exams. No exceptions. An additional, external monitor (i.e., dual monitor) connected to a laptop or desktop is NOT permitted -- including docking station setups. Check your system compliance and register on NSU Law School's ExamSoft login page.
NSU administers exams in accordance with the ABA Accreditation standards and imposes the same restrictions and technology requirements detailed on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners Official FAQ Page and further outlined on ExamSoft's Bar Applicants page.
Take the mock exam prior to exam day! To ensure the optimal testing experience and to confirm that your device is ready for exam day, it is critical that you update your Examplify software and take the mock exam.
All students will be provided scratch paper for in-person exams. A digital notepad within Examplify is available to all students, remotely and in person. This digital notes tool functions as digital scrap paper and is NOT sent to the professor unless you request feedback.
Students are permitted to have in their possession in the examination room only materials authorized by the instructor in the written exam instructions. Possession of any other materials relating to the course is not permitted. Materials may not be shared during the examination.
Exams taken outside of rooms assigned by NSU Law for the purpose of exam administration must be taken alone with no one else in the room.
Students enrolled in Law classes must meet the Laptop Compliance stated above and should be prepared to use the system to satisfy that requirement for their exams. No external monitors or any other peripheral docking setup that either projects your screen or allows a second screen to be accessible unless expressly allowed. Nothing is permitted that will interfere with the exam experience of another student.
No recording devices are allowed in the examination room. Cell phones and smart watches must be turned off and stored in your backpack at the front of the exam room during exams. The use of headphones and earphones (other than basic earplugs) is prohibited.
Take-home exams, essays, and papers are administered remotely using special EXAM ONLY Canvas courses. You will be invited to an EXAM ONLY Canvas version of your course to access the questions or prompts, if not already provided by your professor. Use the same course to upload your responses in the requested format.
Take-home exams are available for download and submission from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the assigned date. The clock will begin to run at 12:01 a.m. You must prepare and submit your response via the EXAM ONLY Canvas course by 11:59 p.m. on the scheduled exam date. Here is the expected procedure for these types of exams:
It is important to plan your take-home exam start time accordingly so that you have your full time. For example, if you have a take-home exam, and you start it at 6 p.m., it will still be due at 11:59 p.m., even though you have not used the first full 8 hours of the day, so be sure to start early enough to get your full time.
To the extent possible, we strongly encourage you to complete your take-home exams during normal business hours, as NSU Law's staff and NSU's Technical Support Help Desk may not be available after hours (see NSU IT Support Desk Hours).
Students are required to take examinations at the regularly scheduled date and time specified on the Final Exam Schedule page unless there are "extraordinary and compelling circumstances" or if section 2.3 of the Code of Academic Regulations specifically provides for rescheduling. Student Services will not reschedule an examination because of a student’s vacation plans, airplane flights, or similar personal decisions.
Students may request the rescheduling of an exam by submitting a Request for Exam Accommodations form to Student Services. The deadline to petition to reschedule an exam pursuant to Code 2.3.1 is at least one week before exams start. After this deadline, Student Services can only accept requests to reschedule exams based on emergencies or circumstances not known before the deadline (see Code 2.4).
A student who begins an examination has decided that they are well enough to sit for and complete the examination. Therefore, any work submitted during that exam period will be graded regardless of an emergency rescheduling. A student who believes they will be unable to complete an examination must notify the proctor immediately, or Student Services before the examination begins and request an excused absence.
If a health, family, personal, or another type of emergency arises that prevents you from taking or completing an exam, you should follow these emergency procedures:
Students cannot communicate directly with a professor through any means. Extra time will NOT be provided for preventable technical issues at the beginning of an exam, such as forgetting to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Thus, be sure to take the Mock exam before the exam period with the latest Examplify software version to address common problems. We strongly encourage you to complete your take-home exams during normal business hours, as NSU Law's staff and NSU's Technical Support Help Desk may not be available after hours (see NSU IT Support Desk Hours).
If your computer freezes during an exam, you should be able to reboot and resume your exam. Just force shut down your laptop and then turn it back on. Upon reboot, open the Examplify software and your exam should automatically resume.
In the event that any problem persists after rebooting while taking an exam, on-site students may contact the room proctor, NSU's IT Help Desk, the Office of Student Services, or the Dean of Students. Remote and on-site students can contact technical support by:
You may email email@example.com if you have any additional concerns about the resolution of any issues. Improperly contacting a professor regarding an exam may result in disciplinary action. This policy also applies to the 1L memo and briefs for Legal Research and Writing, and any other class where the professor has indicated that the assignment will be graded anonymously.
After your grade has been posted for a course, you may contact the instructor directly (or follow any alternative instructions you received from your instructor) to review your exam answers and receive feedback. You may NOT contact your instructor about the exam during or after the exam until your final grade is posted. If your instructor informed you to schedule an appointment to view your answers with Faculty Support, you may book online using the Exam Reviews booking page. Please note that during the SUMMER, appointments will only be held in two sessions, between (1) May 30th to June 2nd and (2) June 19th and June 23rd, 2023.
Individual faculty members will keep examination answers on file for 12 months. The extent, if any, to which an individual faculty member will permit review of these materials or discuss an examination with a student lies within the reasonable discretion of the faculty member and is subject to review by the Vice Dean.