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Charleston School of Law Juris Doctor Program Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024

Academic Catalog and Handbook

Conflict & Rescheduling Policy for Midterms ("tests")

Midterms are scheduled and administered through the Office of Academic Affairs. Midterms will be administered during a designated midterm period during which no classes will meet. This period will also include a reading day when no classes will meet. 

  1. Standard Conflicts 

It is highly likely that students will have more than one test on a given day and four or more tests during the midterm period. Unless students have two tests scheduled at the same time, or three tests on one day, there will be no rescheduling. If a student has two tests at the same time on the same day, one test will remain at the scheduled time and one will be moved to a different time block on that same day. If a student has three tests on one day, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee will determine which test to reschedule during the designated midterm period. Students with standard conflicts must affirmatively request a rescheduling using the designated test reschedule form.

  1. Other Rescheduling

In all other circumstances, a student may obtain a rescheduling of a test only upon the prior, written, discretionary approval of the Associate Dean. Rescheduling a test in the absence of the circumstances noted above is an extraordinary event, and students should expect such requests to be denied in the absence of exceptional circumstances. Requests to reschedule tests based on employment obligations, travel plans, vacation or social commitments, and the like will almost always fail to qualify as exceptional circumstances.

  1. Reschedule Date

The date for the taking of any rescheduled test shall be set by the Associate Dean. Students should expect any rescheduled test to be administered after the date of the originally scheduled test and during the designated midterm period. Exceptions to this scheduling will be exceedingly rare.

  1. Conditions

In considering requests for the rescheduling of a test in the absence of a standard conflict, the Associate Dean may require such documentation and impose such conditions as she or he deems proper. No individual faculty member at the Law School may grant a rescheduling.

  1. Making a Request

All requests to reschedule must be made by using the designated rescheduling form.  Requests to reschedule must be made at least one week prior to any conflict. Once the request has been received, the request will be reviewed by the Associate Dean. If the request is approved, students will receive written confirmation of the rescheduling from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Final Exam Conflicts and Rescheduling Policy

  1. Final Exam Conflicts Rescheduling 

A student may have a final exam rescheduled if he or she would otherwise have two or more exams scheduled to start less than 24 hours apart. The student must request the rescheduling following the directions here and must receive written confirmation of the rescheduling from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee no later than the last day of that academic term. The Associate Dean may choose which exam to reschedule and when to reschedule it.

Example: If Student Smith has an exam scheduled for Monday, Dec. 1 at 1:00 p.m. and another on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 9:00 a.m., he may request the Associate Dean to reschedule one of them. However, if Student Jones has one exam scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 1:00 p.m. and another exam scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4 at 1:00 p.m., she does not qualify for rescheduling as the two start times are not less than 24 hours apart.

If a student has four exams in four days and at the request of the student, the Associate Dean may move, at his or her discretion, the fourth exam to the available conflict day.

  1. Other Final Exam Rescheduling

In all other circumstances, a student may obtain a rescheduling of an examination only upon the prior, written, discretionary approval of the Associate Dean. Rescheduling an examination in the absence of two course exams in the same 24-hour period is an extraordinary event, and students should expect such requests to be denied in the absence of exceptional circumstances. Requests to reschedule exams based on employment obligations, travel plans, vacation or social commitments, exams on back-to-back days, and the like will almost always fail to qualify as exceptional circumstances.

  1. Reschedule Date

The date for the taking of any rescheduled final examination shall be set by the Associate Dean. Students should expect any rescheduled examination to be administered only on the Law School’s designated Exam Conflict Day(s). Exceptions to this scheduling will be exceedingly rare, and students should not anticipate ever being granted a rescheduled examination date that would occur before the date for regularly-scheduled administration of that examination.

  1. Conditions 

In considering requests for the rescheduling of an examination in the absence of course exam conflicts, the Associate Dean may require such documentation and impose such conditions as he or she deems proper. No individual faculty member at the Law School may grant a rescheduling.