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The following policy applies to student use of computers in taking examinations that (1) are administered during business hours within the law school building and (2) restrict student access to some reference materials during the writing of the examination. It therefore does not apply to "take-home" examinations (since it is impossible for the Law school to provide staff support for the examination software in that environment), nor to examinations taken within the building with no restrictions on the use of reference material (since the examination software is not needed in that situation). With respect to examinations that do not fall within the present policy, individual faculty members may establish their own reasonable policies for use of computers. Any such policy should be announced to students and support staff early in the term.
In order to participate in exams on computers, you must meet the following requirements:
The following requirements are specifically for laptops used to take exams:
Recommended system requirements for individual laptop computers may be viewed at the following URL: http://law.missouri.edu/library/technology/recommendations.html
Students are required to have the most current version of the Exam4 software downloaded and installed succesfully on their laptops prior to taking the exam. Students arriving on the day of an exam without the curent software downloaded and installed will not be able to use their laptops for the exam and must complete the exam using a bluebook.
The individual instructors determine which classes will be available for exams on computers. Notice of those classes using computers will be published on this site.
Bring your laptop, fully charged battery (and backup battery) and wireless network card (if not internal) to the appropriate exam room. If you normally use an external keyboard and/or mouse, be sure to bring those as well. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the exam. In the exam room, you will be provided with a bluebook for the exam, exam questions, pencils, and scrap paper. The proctor in your exam room will guide you through the following procedures -- you should practice them on your own prior to exam day:
If your computer freezes during the examination contact the proctor immediately. DO NOT reboot your computer or attempt to close or re-launch the Exam4 software. When the proctor arrives you can restart the computer and reenter the exam in the amount of time it normally takes to reboot Windows. Upon reboot, the proctor will guide you through this procedure:
If you are unable to get back into an exam after a lockup, battery failure, or other event, the portion of the exam that was completed prior to the freeze will almost certainly be recoverable for grading purposes. You will need to complete the rest of the exam by hand. Students should understand that an unrecoverable technical failure is possible and in that event should be prepared to complete their examinations using bluebooks. Exams will not be delayed or suspended due to computer problems. The proctor will not attempt to resolve technical computer problems, but will simply witness and log any restarting of a computer by a student. When the rest of the exam is completed you MUST take your computer to the IT staff of the law school for recovery of the typed portion of your exam. DO NOT attempt to recover the data yourself.
ANY ATTEMPT TO DISABLE OR TAMPER WITH EXAM4'S SECURITY FEATURES WILL BE CONSIDERED A VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT HONOR CODE.
COMMENCEMENT OR CONTINUATION OF AN EXAM WILL NOT BE DELAYED DUE TO A HARDWARE PROBLEM WITH YOUR LAPTOP.
When the proctor calls time you must stop typing immediately. Failure to comply will result in an honor code violation. To complete the exam process, the proctor will guide you through this procedure.
There could still be a problem retrieving your exam from the receiving station. Do not uninstall Exam4, or attempt to tinker with any encrypted files on your computer, until after you receive your exam grades.