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Examination Policies
Academic Affairs

Scheduling
Faculty make every effort to coordinate scheduling of examinations throughout the year and at the end of each semester. Examination dates are presented to students at the beginning of the semester and are not changeable given the degree of coordination involved in scheduling proctors and designing and delivering secure online examinations. Therefore, changing the date of an examination is not possible. The Academic Calendar, available on the Dental School website, in addition to the individual course schedule lists the start and end date of the semester/course, respectively.


Conduct of Examinations
Each examination is scheduled to begin at a specific time as indicated by the course coordinator. Specific start times are applicable to all students scheduled to take examinations regardless of whether the exam is an online or paper and regardless of whether the student is on-site or off-site. Presenting late to scheduled examinations distracts other test takers, inconveniences proctors who are scheduled in advance for each testing situation and compromises the security of exam taking conditions.

For fairness and consideration to all on-site and off-site students and proctors, a 15 minute leeway is the maximum allowable time provided for a student to present for an examination and begin taking their exam. Students must check in at the scheduled start time for an exam and begin their log on. Students presenting to the testing site 15 minutes after the scheduled start time will no longer be allowed to enter the testing area nor sit for the scheduled exam. The course coordinator will decide the outcome of a student missing an exam which may include, but is not limited to, receiving a zero for the examination and academic counseling with both faculty and administrators of the Dental School.


Academic Dishonesty
Cheating, plagiarism, violating copyright laws and other acts of academic dishonesty are held as serious offenses and can result in dismissal from the program. Instructors have the responsibility to report any such incidents in writing to the Professional Conduct Committee (Judicial Board). Additionally, students have the responsibility to report such incidents to the Professional Conduct Committee. Serious penalties may be imposed which, depending on the nature of the incident, could include loss of course points, failure of the course, permanent expulsion from the class, program or college or other action deemed appropriate by the Professional Conduct Committee

Each student enrolled in the Dental School is expected to have reviewed the Judicial Policy, available electronically on the dental school's website at: Student Judicial Policy.

Each student enrolled in the Dental School is expected to comply with the Student Judicial Policy, and conduct during examinations is governed by the same.


 Conduct During Examinations
  • Students who must leave the testing site to use the restroom will only be allowed a 5 minute leeway time to return to their test. Students must submit their scrap paper before leaving the test center.
  • Scrap sheets are prepared for each exam by the faculty and are collected from each student upon exam completion. Each student must clearly write his/her name and Blackboard identification number on the scrap paper in order to avoid being counted as absent. You can make notes or comments on the scrap sheet if you have questions regarding exam content and they will be reviewed by the instructor after the exam.
  • When turning in the scrap sheet at exam completion, students must also present their computer to the proctor, showing that he/she has logged off the exam.
  • No food or drinks allowed in the examination room.
  • Exams are closed book and proctored unless otherwise directed. 
  • No talking once the exam begins.
  • Activity in examination rooms may be recorded via the video cameras
  • No electronic devices or gadgets are allowed in the testing room, including but not limited to: cell phones (even if they are turned off), cameras, calculators, USB devices (except wired or wireless mouse), PDAs, CDs, Ipods.
  • All book bags, hats or head attire (except of religious nature), books and papers must be stowed away from the examination area.
  • For exams given electronically you must bring your laptop, AC adapter and network cable.
  • Pens and pencils are allowed.