Exam Guidelines

Exam Guidelines

Exam guidelines

It’s a good idea to read the Bishop’s University’s rules governing Examinations before you write exams (page 30 of the Academic Calendar).

COVID specific guidelines

The Fall 2020 Examination Policy was approved at Senate on August 27, 2020 and contains important information regarding online examinations that you should be familiar with.

What to bring:

  • Only materials you need to write with or supplementary material authorized by the course instructor / professor.
  • Take your official BU ID card. You will need it in order to write and hand in your exam. Without your BU ID card, you may not be allowed to write the exam.

COVID specific guidelines

With respect to online proctored exams you will be required to show your Bishop’s University student ID card prior to the start of the exam to validate your identity. Alternative government issued and university approved photo identification will be accepted (e.g. passport, driver’s license).

What NOT to bring

  • Items brought into the exam room are susceptible to theft. Do not bring valuables as you may be asked to leave them in an area of the exam room out of your line of sight.
  • Do not bring backpacks, pencil cases, mobile devices, unauthorized calculators, or electronic dictionaries. The use of a mobile device as a watch is not permitted.
  • Do not take unnecessary articles of clothing, bags, laptops, etc… you may be required to store them in area away from you in the room during the exam. In the event of an emergency, you may be asked to vacate the room immediately, and you may need to leave your belongings behind.


The University has a zero tolerance policy for cell phone/ mobile device use during final exams. If any student is found with such a device on their person during a final exam, it will be automatically assumed that cheating has taken place and the consequence will be a mark of zero for the final exam.

To avoid receiving the unfortunate grade of “0”, leave your cell phone /mobile device at home.

During the exam

  • Invigilators are not responsible for personal items brought into the exam room. You may be asked to leave your belongings in an area away from your desk. Items brought into the exam room are brought at your own risk.
  • Choose a seat where you cannot be suspected of glancing at a peer’s paper or exposing your work to another student. Doing either of these actions could result in an immediate expulsion from the examination room and will be considered as a disciplinary offence.
  • Print your name and student number on the front of the exam booklet(s).
  • Sign the front of the exam booklet.
  • Listen to the invigilator / professor’s instructions at the beginning of the exam.
  • Read all the instructions on the exam paper before raising your hand to ask a question to the invigilator / professor.
  • You may not be permitted to leave the room during the first ½ hour or enter after the first ½ hour of the exam.
  • If an alarm sounds, follow the oral instructions. If you are told to vacate the room, leave your exam your exam booklets(s) on the desk. Follow the invigilator / professor, gather outside the building where directed, and remain quiet at all times. Discussing an exam or consulting notes during this time can be considered as a disciplinary offence.
  • When the examination time elapses, put down your writing instrument and follow the instructions about the collection of exams.

COVID specific guidelines

With respect to online proctored exams:

  • One bathroom break will be allowed. Students who wish to avail themselves of a bathroom break shall create a sign on which BATHROOM BREAK is written and show it to the camera (if there is a recording). In situations where the Professor choses not to video-record the student during the exam, the student will email the professor to indicate that a bathroom break was taken. In both cases, students shall send an email to their professor to confirm that they did not consult anyone, any document or online resource during the bathroom break.
  • Students who fall ill during an online exam shall write to their professor to explain the illness.  A medical note will be required in order to organize an alternate exam at another time when the student is well enough.

Leaving the exam

All exam, and exam booklet(s) must be returned to your professor. Do not leave without handing in your exam and exam booklet(s). Taking an exam – even a blank one- from the room could result in a disciplinary action.