Exam Guidelines

Exam Guidelines and Policies 

Report to SDS 15-minutes prior to scheduled examination time with USF Student ID card.

Late arrival
If you arrive more than 30 minutes after the scheduled examination time, you will have to reschedule your examination with your professor. Scheduled exam times will not be extended to allow for late arrival.

If you are unable to take an examination due to illness or emergency, contact your instructor immediately and make appropriate arrangements. It is the student's responsibility to reschedule examinations or to request adjustments to testing times.

No show
If you do not show up for a scheduled exam, SDS will NOT email you or your instructor. It is the student's responsibility to reschedule any missed exam in SDS. Please see the statement below regarding rescheduling exams in SDS.

Canceling examinations
You must contact the SDS testing team in advance to cancel any scheduled examination. Failure to contact us may result in the inability to access testing space in the future. If you drop a course, contact testing.

Items not permitted in the test center
Please do not bring personal items or non-testing materials to the Testing Center. Testing is not responsible for the storing or safety of any of the items listed below. These items include, but are not limited to:
     1. Cell phones, iPods, PDAs, MP3 players or other listening devices.
     2. Purses, backpacks, hats/ball caps, textbooks, notes
     3. Jewelry including, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, etc.
No food or drinks are permitted in the testing center unless approved by the student's accommodations memorandum or approved by the Exam Coordinator. 

Breaks during examinations
Barring medical or approved accommodations needs, you will not be permitted to leave the testing center except for an approved break. A break is considered part of your overall testing time, no additional time will be added. When taking an approved break, you must hand in all testing material to the proctor before leaving.

Testing Accommodations
Alert a test proctor immediately if problems arise during testing.

Examination Completion
You will not have access your examination once you turn the exam into a proctor or if you leave the test center without consent.

Examination Rescheduling
In order to reschedule an exam at SDS, testing proctors must receive written email authorization from the instructor or TA of record granting permission for the student to reschedule the exam. Final exams will not be rescheduled in SDS. Students should work with their instructors to reschedule final exams.

Academic Dishonesty
Instances of academic dishonesty including but not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, using materials and equipment not previously approved during the exam or bringing items not previously approved by testing staff into the testing room will result in your inability to continue utilizing testing space. In addition, your coordinator will notify the academic faculty of the alleged violation for appropriate sanctions under the academic integrity policy.