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Dear instructors,

The Dean’s Office is hearing reports that a few final exam periods have been disrupted by protesters inside campus buildings in recent days. Here is guidance for you to follow if this occurs during your exam period:

  1. Call the Dean’s Office (919-962-1165) to report the disruption. (We are required to track disruptions to final exams.) If you feel it is an emergency, call 911.
  2. The few disruptions thus far have been very brief. If a disruption occurs, you can simply pause your exam and wait for the disruption to subside, then resume it, allowing additional time at the end of the exam. (The campus-wide exam period has a one-hour buffer period built in between exam periods that can accommodate a short delay within the original exam time.)
  3. If a disruption continues beyond what you think is reasonable, you can end the exam, collect the work that the students have at that point, and adjust your grading accordingly. Please remember that whatever action is taken must be equitable to all students taking the exam.

We have a responsibility to ensure that our students have an appropriate, disruption-free test-taking environment. As an instructor, we ask that you apply the same standards to all students and avoid managing students on a case-by-case basis, and work within the guidance provided.

I appreciate your cooperation as we wrap up the semester and look forward to Commencement. If you have any questions, you or your department chair can contact your senior associate dean.



James W.C. White

Craver Family Dean

College of Arts and Sciences

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