Students are responsible for knowing and complying with the below Policies and Procedures, which apply to each testing and exam period.
Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs with any questions, 843.377.2420, or 843.377.2423.
In order to protect the confidentiality of all students and to preserve anonymity in the grading process, the Charleston School of Law utilizes an anonymous grading system identifier, unique to each student; this identifier – otherwise known as the AGS number – is assigned to each student for each testing period. Prior to a particular assessment or exam period, students may retrieve their AGS number from their CSOL Access account.
Prior to any testing period, the IT Department will contact all students with specific information about downloading the software and preparing for the testing.
Upon entering testing rooms, students must:
No materials may be on a student’s desk or in his or her possession 15 minutes prior to start of the test. Students may not write any notes or do any writing of any sort prior to the start of the test.
When the proctor announces the start of the test, no student shall speak or communicate in any way with another student. Students shall not communicate with each other until after they have left the testing room at the conclusion of the testing.
There shall be no materials of any kind in a student’s possession or on a student’s work space during a CLOSED BOOK test. Students taking LIMITED OPEN BOOK tests will be allowed to bring in only those materials specifically authorized by the professor.
Students may leave the testing room, with proctor permission, only to use the restroom on the same floor as the testing room in which the student is taking the test. Students are not permitted to visit any other areas for any other reason during the test. Students who leave the testing room to use the restroom must sign the “Restroom Sign-Out/In Sheet” located at the front of the testing room. Students must indicate the time they left the testing room and the time they returned. No additional time will be awarded for time spent in the restroom.
Students are expected to make all efforts to take assessments and examinations as scheduled. Students must be mindful of traffic and weather conditions that may impact their timely arrival to a test. The School of Law understands that extraordinary circumstances may arise that might prevent a student from taking a test as scheduled, or from completing a test already started. In an effort to be fair both to students who experience an extraordinary circumstance and to students who took the test as scheduled, as well as to protect the integrity of the process, the following procedures have been developed for proctored assessments and exams.
The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is authorized to determine whether a student is experiencing an emergency and whether some form of accommodation regarding the assessment or exam is warranted. The Academic Dean has discretion whether to grant an accommodation; this decision is final. The Academic Dean may require contemporaneous documentation of the emergency, such as medical documentation. Students with pre-existing conditions, illnesses, or situations that could cause an unexpected interruption during an assessment or exam should discuss the situation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs before the testing period.
Students who arrive late to an assessment or exam are not allowed extra time to complete the test, absent some extraordinary circumstance. Whether such a circumstance is extraordinary is committed to the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who will also determine whether any time accommodation is appropriate.
Students who are not seeking time accommodations should report directly to the assigned testing room. Students should enter the room quietly and check with the proctor. Students will be given a Bluebook in which to write their answers. No additional time will be allowed if a student chooses to use his or her time to log into the exam software.
If a student fails to appear for a scheduled test or exam, the student must notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours after the scheduled start time of the assessment or exam. The following policies apply: