2000-1-6Test & Exam Writing Protocol

Responsible Executive:
Senior Vice-President, Academic & Student Success
Senior Vice-President, Academic & Student Success
Issue Date:
August 01, 2012
Supersedes Date:
August 01, 2012
Last Review:
March 01, 2020
Last Revision:
March 01, 2020

Upon request, the college will provide a copy of this policy in an alternate format.

The evaluation of a student through a test, exam or other means is built on the premise that the work submitted by the student is his/her own work completed under the terms and conditions that are set down by the professor and the College. Any actions taken by the student that subvert, or have the potential to subvert, the validity of the evaluation are considered to be actions of academic dishonesty.


  1. When a student is participating in a written evaluation, whether paper based or electronic, he/she must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that he/she has eliminated all possible means or opportunities to cheat on the evaluation. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his/her desk, lab bench, computer desk, etc., clothing, body, etc., are free and clear of any objects, writings, etc., that could be used to cheat.
  2. During the evaluation, the student may not have with or near him/her:
    1. any electronic devices (e.g. cell phone, audio player, calculator, smart watch, etc.), with the exception of medical devices, recognized by the Accessibility Centre;
    2. any pencil case, purse, backpack, or other carrying device;
    3. any paper, notes, books, etc.;
    4. any drink containers, or any food or drink, with the exception of water bottles without labels
    5. any hats, coats, jackets or other extraneous clothing items;
    6. any writing, symbols, formulae, etc., on the desk, lab bench, any adjacent surfaces, clothing or body;

    unless explicitly and specifically permitted or supplied by the evaluation invigilator(s).
  3. The student is responsible for the area one metre around him/herself and for ensuring that this area is clear of all prohibited items.
  4. Any items within the student's area beyond worn clothing, writing instruments and photo identification must be explicitly and specifically identified and approved by the invigilator or supplied by the invigilator.
  5. There must be no communication with any person, other than the invigilator, during the evaluation.
  6. The student must display Lambton College photo identification on his/her desk or bench.
  7. The invigilator will identify the times during the evaluation when students may enter the evaluation room to begin the evaluation and leave the evaluation room at the completion of the evaluation by the student.
  8. In no case may a student enter the room to begin an evaluation after a student has left the room.
  9. At the end of the evaluation time, as determined by the invigilator, the student must immediately cease work on the evaluation instrument (e.g. test paper, exam) and immediately submit it to the invigilator, per the invigilator's instructions. Failure to cease work and/or submit the instrument as instructed may result in the instrument not being accepted, or a mark penalty being levied or the filing of an academic dishonesty allegation, any one of which may result in a mark of zero on the evaluation.
  10. Students undertaking an evaluation in a location different than the other students, e.g. Accessibility Centre, will normally write the evaluation at the same time as the other students and be subject to the commencement and completion rules described immediately above.
  11. Failure to comply with the above procedures will be considered, per se, an act of academic dishonesty and will result in the application of the Discipline Policy.

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