Exams

Exam Codes

Each term, the Registrar generates a unique four-digit examination number to be used for all examinations. Your exam code changes every semester. You may view your exam code on SU Online. Please use this four-digit number in place of your name on all blue books, examination papers and any other anonymously graded course work. If you lose or forget your examination number and you are not able to log into SU Online please go to the Exam Office. Examination numbers will be given only upon presentation of valid identification (student ID, driver’s license, state ID, military ID or passport). Under no circumstances will examination numbers be given via telephone.

Alternative Exams

It is within the discretion of an individual faculty member to offer an alternative examination date within the regular examination period. Students are responsible for the process of obtaining approval from their professor and then contacting the Associate Registrar/Exam Coordinator. The Associate Registrar/Exam Coordinator must approve the date and time. Alternative Exam Date Request Forms will be available starting Feb. 21 and must be submitted by April 21. The course must have thirty or more students enrolled to be eligible for an alternative exam, and at least ten students must sign up for the alternative exam for one to be scheduled. 

Accommodated Exams/Rescheduling an Exam

Students who have disabilities that require accommodation in the exam process or scheduling should discuss these requirements early in the semester with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Appropriate accommodation will be arranged on a case-by-case basis. Documentation of the disability will be required.

No student shall be required to take examinations during consecutive examinations periods, such as two in the same day, an evening exam followed by a morning exam, or three exams in three days (see Student Handbook). Exams on two consecutive days do not constitute a conflict.

Rescheduled examinations must be taken during the next exam period in which no conflict exists between the first day and the last day of examinations. Examinations cannot be rescheduled for a date that precedes the scheduled date (or the alternative date, if applicable).

Students will be notified when examination conflict resolution forms are available. Conflict forms must be completed and returned to the Office of the Registrar. Students will receive confirmation of the conflict resolution via email.

Using Your Laptop For Exams - SofTest

In order to use your laptop computer you must have properly installed the SofTest software. SofTest is a program that allows you to use your laptop as a simple word processor. At the same time it blocks access to any stored files during the exam administration. (If you are taking an open book exam, you MUST print out your notes prior to the exam. You will not have access to notes on your hard drive.)

If you choose to use your computer for your examination, you will be expected to stay for the entire examination administration. If you finish the exam early, you may turn in your examination questions and leave the room, but your computer must remain. Students will not be permitted to leave the room within 15 minutes of the end of the examination. At the end of the examination you must return to the exam room in order to complete the upload process.

It is advisable to bring an ethernet cord with you to all exams. In the event that there are problems with the wireless network, an ethernet cord will enable you to upload your examination on time.

SofTest download instructions will be emailed prior to the exam period. These instructions will include a deadline for downloading the software. If you do not complete the SofTest download before the deadline you will not be able to use your computer for examinations.

If you have difficulty downloading SofTest, please contact Assistant Registrar AnaLuisa Orantes (2nd floor of Administration area). Ms. Orantes can be reached at 206.398.4138 or orantea@seattleu.edu.

Emergencies

If an emergency arises, or a student is so sick that s/he will be unable to sit for the examination, the student must contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Donna Claxton Deming, at dcdeming@seattleu.edu or 206.398.4307. Please remember that a request for accommodation must be supported by appropriate documentation.

Do not contact your professor. Faculty do not reschedule examinations and any attempt to contact a faculty member may jeopardize the anonymous grading system.

Questions? Contact the Examination Coordinator, Tricia Pearson at 206.398.4154 or pearsonp@seattleu.edu. During exam times the Exam Coordinator can be reached in the Exam Office, Room C3, at 206.398.4331.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions and answers about law school exams

What is the anonymous grading system?

The anonymous grading system promotes objective grading and encourages free interchanges in class between faculty and students. Contact with your professor regarding the scheduling or processing of examinations should be avoided at all cost in order to protect the anonymous grading system.

How does the process work?

You can review your examination code number on SU Online. Do not write your name or any other identifying information on your examination. If you forget your number, the examination coordinator or the Law School Registrar will be able to provide you with your number upon showing of appropriate identification.

Who is the examination coordinator and where can I find her?

The examination coordinator is Tricia Pearson. You can reach Ms. Pearson at 206.398.4154 or pearsonp@seattleu.edu. During examinations, Room C3 will serve as the examination office. The phone number is 206.398.4331.

How do I know where my exam is being given?

All students must take the regularly scheduled examination when scheduled and in the time and manner indicated on the examination schedule. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade. The examination coordinator will post the time and location of the examinations on the Sullivan Docket and outside the examination office (Room C3). Exam Office hours will also be posted on the Sullivan Docket and outside of the Exam Office.

What can I bring with me into the examination room?

If writing your examination, you will be supplied blue books and scratch paper. Students using a laptop will be given scratch paper. If requested by a faculty member you might also receive scantron sheets. If it is a closed book exam, you may bring only pens and pencils (most faculty require that you write your exams in blue or black ink). If it is an open-book exam, your professor will give you specific instructions as to what you may bring to the examination. Some students find it helpful to bring earplugs. Only water in a closed container will be permitted in the examination room. The containers must be kept on the floor. No other food or beverages (regardless of the type of container) are permitted. You may not bring radios, tape players or MP3 players, with or without headphones, or palm pilots. Please do not bring anything that beeps: watches, pagers, or cell phones.

What is the Law School’s policy on use of computers on examinations?

In order to use your laptop computer you must have properly installed the SofTest software. SofTest is a program that allows you to use your laptop as a simple word processor. At the same time it blocks access to any stored files during the exam administration. (If you are taking an open book exam, you MUST print out your notes prior to the exam. You will not have access to notes on your hard drive.) You have received complete instructions on downloading the software by e-mail. You may download the software from www.examsoft.com/seattlelaw

If you choose to use your computer for your examination, you will be expected to stay for the entire examination administration. If you finish the exam early, you may turn in your examination questions and leave the room, but your computer must remain. Students will not be permitted to leave the room within 15 minutes of the end of the examination. At the end of the examination you must return to the exam room in order to complete the upload process.

It is advisable to bring an Ethernet cord with you to all exams. In the event that there are problems with the wireless network, an Ethernet cord will enable you to upload your examination on time.

Who do I contact if I have a problem downloading SofTest?

Please contact Assistant Registrar AnaLuisa Orantes (2nd floor of Administration area). Ms. Orantes can be reached at 206.398.4138 or orantea@seattleu.edu.

What if I have an unavoidable conflict that will make it impossible for me to take the exam on schedule?

If, prior to a scheduled examination, an emergency arises, you must contact Dean Deming prior to the scheduled date of the examination. In the case of illness, a note from a physician who has diagnosed and treated you must be submitted before the examination can be rescheduled. In all other cases, you must submit a statement setting forth the nature of the emergency. In consultation with you and with consideration of the nature of the emergency, the exam will normally be rescheduled within the regular examination period. Examinations will not be rescheduled for a date that precedes the scheduled date. Do not contact your professor. Faculty do not reschedule examinations and any attempt to contact a faculty member may jeopardize the anonymous grading system.

What should I do if I get sick during an examination?

If, during an examination, you become so seriously ill that you cannot complete the examination, you must notify the proctor of the nature and seriousness of the illness; the proctor will note the time and the examination number and collect the examination and written work. You will then report to the exam coordinator for further instructions. Prior to rescheduling the exam, you must supply a written statement from a physician indicating the cause and seriousness of your illness and stating whether the illness in fact made you incapable of completing the examination. Please note, you will take the exam during the next regularly scheduled examination period for that exam. Remember, it is better to defer an examination than to start it and have to leave.

What if I have a disability and require a special accommodation?

Contact Dean Deming immediately at dcdeming@seattleu.edu or 206.398.4307. Please remember that a request for accommodation must be supported by appropriate documentation.

Is there anything else I should know about the exam process?

All students are subject to the Seattle University School of Law Academic Integrity Code. It is a violation of the Code to give, seek or receive information, answers, or solutions to examinations; having taken an examination, to divulge questions or answers, or comment upon the substantive nature of the examination under circumstances in which it is reasonable to believe that a person learning of the statements could use the information to improve his or her performance on the same exam; to use resources not authorized by the faculty member; without the faculty member’s permission, either to discuss a take home exam with another person or to work with another person on a take home exam; to violate any other rules established to ensure the integrity of the examination; or except when authorized by a faculty member, to enter a faculty office, secretarial area, or other area with the intent to obtain a copy of an examination. A copy of The Academic Integrity Code is included in the Student Handbook.

Who should I talk to if I have any questions about exams?

Dean Deming is responsible for the overall administration of examinations at the Law School. You can reach Dean Deming or her assistant Tayshia Farra at 206.398.4307 or 4302. You may also contact the Examination Coordinator, Tricia Pearson at 206.398.4154 or pearsonp@seattleu.edu.

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