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Durham University

Learning and Teaching Handbook

6.2.11: Examination Procedures

1. Examination venues will be closed five minutes before the start of the examination. Any candidate who arrives late will have to wait outside the venue until five minutes after the start of the examination. All late arrivals will then be brought into the room together. No additional time will be given to students who have to wait. Anyone arriving more than 30 minutes after the start of the examination will not be permitted to sit the examination.

2. Candidates must bring with them to the examination room their Campus Card and produce it for the invigilator at the beginning of the examination.

3. No candidates may leave the examination room until 30 minutes after the start of the examination unless feeling unwell, at which time they should remain under the supervision of an invigilator.

4. If at any time a candidate feels ill during an examination, the invigilator must be notified at once.

5. Candidates who are ill during an examination or arrive after the examination has started will not be allowed any extra time.

6. Candidates may not leave an examination without the consent or acknowledgement of an invigilator.

7. Candidates must comply with all instructions by the invigilator and University Examinations Officer, or their representative.

8. Personal belongings are not allowed next to any candidate's desk. Invigilators are instructed to remove any bags etc which candidates have at their desks.

9. Candidates are strictly forbidden to bring into the examination room, or otherwise access during the course of an examination, any book, notes or data of any kind (except those that have been approved in the instructions on the examination paper). Taking or using information stored in a device into an examination unless specifically permitted in the instructions for a particular examination paper, will be treated as an assessment irregularity which may constitute a major offence under Section IV, 6 (a) (x) of the General Regulations of the University.

10. The use of English dictionaries is not permitted for candidates registered for Durham awards unless they are specifically allowed in the instructions for a particular examination.

11. Where departments allow Erasmus or visiting students the opportunity to use a dictionary during their examination this will be specified in the instructions of the paper, including information on the type of dictionary permitted (normally a dictionary to translate into English).

12. The use of electronic calculators is not permitted in University examinations, except where specified in the instructions of the examination paper. The model numbers of calculators allowed will be listed on the examination paper and students will be notified of these by their departments.

13. Candidates are strictly forbidden to communicate with anyone except the invigilator during the examination, or to copy from one another. (Aiding or attempting to aid another candidate or obtaining or attempting to obtain aid from another candidate will be treated as serious misconduct.)

14. Answers to questions should be written legibly in ink. Any handwriting which the examiner is unable to decipher may not be marked. In these cases, the procedure for dealing with illegible scripts will apply, as detailed in the Learning and Teaching Handbook section 6.2.3.

15. Candidates must not take any examination materials, used or unused, including scrap paper, out of the examination room other than the materials brought to the examination. In particular no answer book or examination paper may be taken from the examination room under any circumstances. Any script, or portion of a script, which is removed from the examination room, whether inadvertently or otherwise, will not be marked. A candidate in possession of an answer book will be subject to the procedures for dealing with an assessment irregularity.

16. At the end of the examination, the invigilator will collect all question papers and answer books from candidates. A candidate who does not wish to hand in an answer book for marking at the end of the examination MUST report the fact to the invigilator who will collect the answer book but keep it separate from the answer books collated for marking.

17. Further information on the conduct of exams is available at: