Please read all of these Examination Procedures carefully, as you will be held accountable should you fail to satisfy them.
You may use a computer for your essay examinations if you install and register SofTest. Please download your exam file before coming to your exam room. See the UC Hastings website for details. Computer use in an exam room is restricted to answering exam questions in SofTest.
You are assigned two different exam numbers each semester: a mid-term 4-digit exam ID and a final 4-digit exam ID.
Examinations are anonymously graded and you are to use your current and correct exam number in place of your name on examination materials as instructed by the proctor.
You must take the exam in the room to which you have been assigned. You must sign in and out of the exam room as directed by the proctor. When signing in you must present your UC Hastings ID (or other valid photo ID). If your name does not appear on the sign-in sheet, you must report to the Records Office or Room B-8 in 198 McAllister Street. Bluebooks, scantrons, scratch paper, and other materials will be provided by the proctor as necessary. You must provide your own earplugs, if needed.
Please do not wear heavy perfumes or scents in the exam room. Food or drink—other than liquids in a securely closed, screw-top container—are not allowed in the exam room. Liquids that are not in a spill-proof container will be disallowed by the proctor. In addition, the use of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers is not allowed in the exam rooms. Cell phones and smart watches must be turned off and kept in your purse or bag. Phones that start ringing during exams will be confiscated by the proctor. While briefcases, backpacks, and purses are allowed in the exam room, you may not access extraneous information of any sort during a closed or limited open book exam. Prohibited materials found in the hallways, corridors, or restrooms will be confiscated.
The proctors have been instructed to start all exams promptly at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
You should plan on arriving at your exam room at least 15 minutes ahead of time if you are using a bluebook and at least 30 minutes ahead of time if you are using a computer. Late arrivals will not be given extra time and will be subject to exclusion from the exam. No extension of time will be permitted if you arrive late for an examination.
If you are 30 minutes late or later, you will be not be permitted to sit for the examination and will receive a grade of “Administrative F” for the examination. Receipt of the “Administrative F” may be avoided only on the basis of an extraordinary and compelling excuse as determined by the Academic Dean.
Once an exam has begun, you may not converse with another student for any purpose. Requesting, giving, or receiving unauthorized assistance in any form during the course of an exam is prohibited. Under no circumstances may a student leave the building during the course of an exam until his or her examination materials have been turned in to the proctor.
These rules can also be found in Section X of the Academic Regulations
During the semester, please file a “Petition to Reschedule Examination” in the UC Hastings Records Office to request an examination delay. During the exam period, call the Records Office at (415) 565-4613 if you wish to delay an exam. You must provide documentation of any health or special circumstances. The response to your petition will be e-mailed to your UC Hastings e-mail account. Please file as soon as possible.
The rescheduled examination will in all cases be administered after, not before, its originally scheduled date. The second of the two conflicting exams will be rescheduled to allow 24 hours between the two examinations. If this creates an additional conflict, the examination will be delayed further. Rescheduled examinations are usually administered at 10:30 a.m. in Classroom B in 198 McAllister Street.
You must complete delayed examinations by the end of the examination period for the semester unless authorized by the Academic Dean. See section III, below, for information regarding Incomplete grades.
You cannot graduate if there is an “Incomplete” grade on your transcript. The following information explains how a grade of Incomplete may be resolved.
If you are unable to sit for an examination due to health, accident, or other extraordinary circumstances, you may receive a grade of “Incomplete” with the permission of the Academic Dean based on documented hardship. You must remove such incompletes from your record during the next regularly scheduled examination for the course. If you do not, a grade of F will be substituted for the incomplete grade and no credit shall be received. No incomplete may be removed by examination at another law school.
A professor may issue you an incomplete grade for a non-examination course without the approval of the Academic Dean. You must remove the incomplete grade from your record by the last day of the following semester. If you do not remove the incomplete grade with the time limit, a grade of F will be substituted for the incomplete grade and no credit shall be earned.
You may submit a request for a permanent withdrawal from UC Hastings to the Academic Dean no later than the beginning of the examination period of the semester in which the withdrawal is requested. If you fail to request a withdrawal within the time allowed and fail to sit for scheduled examinations without prior authorization from the Academic Dean, you will receive an F in each of those courses for which you fail to take the examination. Please consult UC Hastings Academic Regulations 2908 and 2909.
You may withdraw from a class, with the approval of the Academic Dean, no later than the beginning of the examination period. A student must demonstrate extraordinary circumstances and good cause to withdraw from a course after add/drop. If you fail to request a withdrawal within the time allowed and fail to sit for the course’s scheduled examination, you will receive an F in the course.
Grades will be available on WebAdvisor once they are approved and entered by the Records Office. Please be patient since not all professors turn in their grades by the deadline. The deadline will be listed on the Records Office main page once available.