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Exam Information

Policies and Procedures

The School of Law has developed exam policies and procedures to maintain the integrity and fairness of exams and to facilitate scheduling. See the information below for more details about exam schedules, procedures and requirements.

Exam Schedules

The following documents are available in PDF format:

  • Fall 2020 Midterm Exam Schedule
  • Fall 2020 Final Exam Schedule


Examination Deferrals and Missed Examinations

Exam Accommodation & Deferral Form (doc)

All exams will be scheduled by the University of Dayton School of Law administration and must be taken on the assigned day and time during the final examination period each term. A student who does not complete all his or her final examinations before the end of the examination period will receive a failing grade in the course or courses in which they failed to complete the final examination. Students who have compelling reasons may take their examinations up to three calendar days after the end of the examination period with the written permission of the associate dean for academic affairs. Serious illness and a death in the family are examples of compelling reasons. However, documentation of the student’s justification is required. For example if the compelling reason is the student’s illness, the student will have to submit a written physician’s statement.

Compelling reasons do not include travel, vacations plans or celebratory events such as weddings, anniversaries, christenings, graduations, birthdays, etc.

The "Quiet Period"

When the examination period begins, a “quiet period” also commences. You will receive an email from the registrar when the quiet period has ended.

Before you take an exam, you are free to discuss legal concepts relating to the course with any classmate who has not taken the exam. (It is fine to ask a classmate if he/she has taken an exam. However, if he/she says, "yes," you must immediately cease any discussion of the exam while in that person's presence.) Professors may or may not choose to accept questions once the exam period begins. (Traditionally, many professors have opted not to do so.) Whether and by what means a professor will respond to any questions is left to the sound discretion of that professor.

After you take an exam, you may not discuss the exam, the course, the professor or any legal concepts relating to the course with any member of the UDSL community, including classmates and professors, until after being notified by the Registrar's office. In short, do not discuss anything even remotely related to the course. For example, you may not comment on how difficult an exam was, what concepts the exam covered, how a classmate might best study for the exam, etc. If a discussion of a completed exam arises, you should indicate that you have taken the exam and are not free to comment and immediately remove yourself from the discussion. While you may discuss a completed exam with persons outside the UDSL community, you must not do so when there is any danger of being overheard by a member of the UDSL community.

Anonymous Exam Numbers

All examinations, including midterm examinations, will be administered anonymously to ensure the integrity and fairness of the grading process. The registrar will assign an examination number to each student. Identification of the student will not be disclosed to the course instructor until after he or she has submitted at least a preliminary grade sheet reflecting the grades by examination number. You will be assigned one number to be used as identification on all of your midterm and final examinations.

You will be notified when your exam number has been distributed to you.

Don’t lose your number. Commit it to memory or bring it with you to your exams. If misplaced, check with the Registrar's Office. Keep a record of your number for future reference to expedite exam review with your professors.

Exam Standards of Conduct

You are bound by the University’s policy on Academic Dishonesty and by the School of Law’s policy on academic and professional ethics. Both are set out in the Policy Manual. Under the University’s policy, sanctions (including an “F” in the course or dismissal from school) can be imposed on students who engage in academic dishonesty, which is defined as any attempt to obtain, or assist another student to obtain, a grade higher than that honestly earned. Under the School of Law’s policy, which supplements the University’s policy, students are to “display the same high level of honesty, ethical conduct, and professional decorum expected of members of the practicing bar.” Violations of the School of Law’s policy can be sanctioned by, among other things, a reduced grade, suspension, or dismissal from school. Any failure to comply with the published examination procedures constitutes a violation of these policies and will result in the imposition of sanctions.

You can only have the materials permitted by the instructor for your exam at your desk.  Students who violate this rule will be disqualified from taking the examination.


Laptop Requirements for Exams

All students are expected to use laptop computers for all final exams. You will be expected to complete the necessary registration and download procedures by the published deadlines.

Exams will be administered with the use of ExamSoft's Examplify software, which involves Internet transmission of exam files and answer files via ExamSoft. Students must download and install the Examplify software though UDSL’s custom website, by the published deadlines. Instructions will be emailed to all law students before registration opens. 

Students must then download all exam files during the published time frame. To do so, launch Examplify from your laptop and follow the instructions for downloading your exams. There is no download password. 

Periodically, you may be notified to download the latest Examplify service pack. This will ensure that you have the latest enhancements to the software. When notified, go to ExamSoft website and follow the instructions. 

If you have any questions regarding ExamSoft, contact ExamSoft support by email or 1-866-429-8889.

Notice to All ExamSoft Users

You are responsible for understanding how this software works on your laptop. The best way to ensure there are no issues on exam day is to register your laptop and download all of your exam files days before the scheduled midterm/final exam period begins.

If your laptop freezes, do not panic. Your information is saved and will be retrieved when the exam is over. Begin writing where you left off. 

Exam Procedures and Instructions

Exam Procedures and Instructions for on-campus exams

Exam Procedures and Instructions for Online exams


Exam Procedures for on-campus exams:

Both first-year and upper-level students must report to the examination distribution center between 8 and 8:15 a.m. if they are taking a morning exam and between 1 and 1:15 p.m. if they are taking an afternoon exam. A Proctor will begin each exam.

Students are not permitted to open the exam envelope until permission is granted.

Students are responsible for completing their exams within the period designated by the professor.

All exam materials must be returned to the exam distribution center within five minutes of the end of the designated period.

All exams are proctored. Any problems, including honor code violations within an exam room, should be reported to the registrar.

During an examination, you must comply with the following rules:

  • You may not write any notes, memory keys, or outlines before the examination begins.
  • There is no talking.
  • You may open your envelope when you are instructed by the Proctor to begin. 
  • Stop writing or typing immediately when your time has expired.
  • If you choose to wait until the day of the exam to complete the registration and/or download processes and you experience any issues with your laptop or with the Examplify program, the exam procedures indicate that you must write in bluebooks. This includes if your laptop freezes during the exam. 

Bluebook Writers

Before you turn your examination in, write your examination number on your exam copy, on the bluebook(s), and on the Scantron. Write the course title and the instructor’s name on the front of each bluebook. If you use more than one bluebook for the examination, put the bluebooks inside each other, being sure your examination number is on each bluebook. It is your responsibility to see that all the bluebooks you used are turned in; if a bluebook is not turned in, it will not be graded.

Laptop Writers

Upload your answer file following the posted instructions. If your upload is not successful, return all exam materials in the exam envelope to the Exam Distribution Table and take your laptop to the announced location for retrieval of your file. It is your responsibility to ensure that your exam uploads successfully or is retrieved before you leave the building after any exam.


Exam Procedures and Instructions for Online exams:

Students are responsible for completing their exams within the period designated by the professor.  All exams are proctored. Any problems, including honor code violations within an exam room, should be reported to the registrar.

Technical Issues

In case you lose internet during the exam or there is some type of technical malfunction, take the following steps:

  • Immediately notify Dean Penn ( and Registrar Specialist Mary Beth Miller (  of what happened. DO NOT CONTACT YOUR PROFESSOR.
  • Contact technical support.  ProctorTrack: 1-844-753-2020. ExamSoft: 1-866-429-8889.
  • Hand-write the remainder of the exam using only the time remaining on the exam, scan and email back to Dean Penn and Ms. Miller.  (This handwritten portion of the exam must be received by Dean Penn and Ms. Miller- via email- within the allotted time on the exam. Include only your student grading number on the handwritten portion of the exam that is scanned and emailed.  Do NOT include your name.)  
    • If due to internet issues this cannot be emailed, then, you must take a picture of everything that is handwritten and include in that picture your cell phone showing the exact time of completion.  (If you've handwritten multiple pages, then you should take multiple pictures showing each page that is handwritten with the cell phone clock showing the time as set automatically through the cell phone.) 

The Registrar’s Office must have proof of the time of completion (and that must be within the allotted time for the exam) otherwise you will not receive credit for the work. Note: The Registrar's Office will independently review the records from Examsoft and Online Proctoring to verify the exact time the breakdown may have happened.  Also, the same Honor Code and Exam Policies apply even if this "back-up" option needs to be used.

During an examination, you must comply with the following rules:

  • You may not write any notes, memory keys, or outlines before the examination begins.
  • There is no talking.
  • Upload your answer when time is up. If you are experiencing upload problems, contact ExamSoft support by email or 1-866-429-8889.


More Information

Office of the Registrar - Law

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760