Examination Code of Conduct

Individual examination timetables are accessed via the website of the department. Students are asked to check their online timetable regularly for the most up-to-date information. Students must be in the exam room at least 10 minutes before the designated start time. Students arriving more than 30 minutes late will not be permitted to sit for the examination. Students arriving within the first 30 minutes of an examination will not receive any additional time to the complete the exam. Students are not allowed to leave the venue within the first and last 30 minutes of the examination. Once any examinee has left the room, no further latecomers will be admitted to the exam. Students will not be permitted to return once they leave the room unless they have been accompanied by an Invigilator.

What students should bring to the examination
Students are obliged to provide valid proof of identification and registration such as a student ID card, a valid driver’s license, passport prior to the exam. If a student cannot produce valid proof of ID, or if the invigilator has reasonable doubts regarding the student’s identity, the student will be asked to sign the exam attendance form to acknowledge that s/he is only permitted to take the exam on the condition that: a valid proof of ID will be presented to the examiner as soon as possible once the examination is completed. The student’s exam will not be assessed until his/her identity has been verified.

Students may only bring a small clear bottle of water to the examination. Students must ensure they have the appropriate stationery for each examination. The University is not responsible for the provision of pens, pencils, rulers etc. Stationery must be in a clear pencil case or bag. The University does not supply calculators for examinations. Students must bring their own calculator to the examination, where its use is permitted. Calculators that incorporate an alphabetic input are not permitted. You may not use your mobile phone as a calculator. Calculators must not be pre-programmed and the memory must be clear. Sharing of calculators is not permitted.

What students should NOT bring to the examination
Students are not permitted to bring any course materials and/or equipment unless approved by the lecturer prior to the exam. Students may be allowed to refer to text books, only where instructions in the examination paper allow it. Any books will be checked prior to the examination for unauthorised materials or notes.

The use of mobile phones, smart watches or any other electronic devices is not permitted. If brought to the classroom these must be switched OFF for the duration of the examination. Personal items, including books and bags must be left in the area designated by the Invigilator.

The use of dictionaries is prohibited in examinations. Bilingual dictionaries may only be allowed in translation examinations where the exam paper specifies it.

During the examination
While being seated in the venue, all students must follow the instructions issued by the invigilator. The Invigilator will announce the commencement and completion of the exam. Students should read all instructions at the start of the examination question paper thoroughly before commencing work.
Students are only permitted to communicate with the Invigilator, only if absolutely necessary, and by means of raising their hand.
If students wish to leave the examination before the specified finish time, they must raise their hand and wait until the Invigilator has collected their exam paper.

Examination misconduct and irregularities
Academic misconduct in examinations includes but is not limited to the following:

  • All verbal, non-verbal and electronic communication between students
  • Copying from another student
  • Introducing any written or printed materials into the examination unless expressly permitted by the Examination Board or programme regulations
  • Introducing any electronically stored information unless expressly permitted by the Examination Board or programme regulations.

Any action by a student who is in breach of these regulations, whether discovered during the examination or afterwards, will result in disqualification and be subject to disciplinary action.
If cases of cheating or misconduct arise, the invigilators will compile report detailing the circumstances.

At the end of the examination
All students must remain in their seats until their papers have been collected and they are formally dismissed by the Invigilator. Students must leave the examination room quietly.