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Rules of conduct and integrity of examinations

Q. What rules of conduct will apply to the examinations?

The online examinations are subject to the rules set out in the Academic Misconduct in Law Examinations 2020 document . Please read it carefully.

By submitting your answers to the examination questions in each paper, you agree to adhere to the Academic Misconduct rules.

Q. How will plagiarism be detected?

Examination answers may be submitted to plagiarism detection software (Turnitin) for similarity review as a means of detection or investigation of academic misconduct in relation to Law examinations in Easter Term 2020. When using the similarity review, Examiners will exercise careful judgement in the light of the circumstances in which Law examinations are being taken in Easter Term 2020. The similarity review will not be the only basis for decisions taken in this connection. Please read the Faculty guidance and University guidance as to what constitutes plagiarism.

Q. Will I have to take a viva?

You may be asked to take an online viva (oral interview) in relation to Law examinations in Easter Term 2020. Such a viva will be conducted only for the purpose of detecting or investigating concerns relating to academic misconduct, and will not form part of the assessment as such. You are not required to make preparations for a viva.

Q. Can I communicate with other candidates?

You must not communicate with another candidate in relation to matters falling within the syllabus of a particular paper, or in relation to questions or answers in the examination, during the 24-hour examination in that paper.

Q. Can I communicate with my Course Convenors, Lecturers, Seminar or Workshop Leaders?

You must not communicate with members of the Faculty or others in their capacity as Course Convenors, Lecturers, Seminar or Workshop Leaders in relation to matters falling within the syllabus of a particular paper, or in relation to questions or answers in the examination, during or after the 24-hour examination in that paper.

Q. Can I communicate with my Supervisors?

You must not communicate with your Supervisors in relation to matters falling within the syllabus of a particular paper, or in relation to questions or answers in the examination, during or after the 24-hour examination in that paper.

Q. Can I communicate with my Director of Studies?

If you are unable to take the examination or you are experiencing problems in submitting your answers during the 24-hour examination, you should contact your College Tutor and/or Director of Studies as soon as possible. However, subject to one exception, you must not communicate with your Director of Studies in relation to matters falling within the syllabus of a particular paper, or in relation to the content of questions or answers in the examination, during or after the 24-hour examination in that paper. The exception mentioned above is that you should contact your College Tutor and/or Director of Studies after the assessment if you feel that there was an error in a question paper; further guidance on this matter is set out below.

Q. Can I communicate with Squire Library Staff?

Access to library resources, including electronic legal databases, ebooks and ejournals, will continue to be available for use by students throughout the assessment period and will be accessible even when the assessments are taking place. The Squire’s enquiry desk will remain open for the entire assessment period too and library staff will aim to respond to enquiries concerning material that cannot be located by students. It should be noted that the enquiry desk will operate for the hours that have been consistent throughout the lockdown period, ie. 09.00-17.00 BST, Monday to Friday, with no service provided on Saturdays and Sundays. However, please note that during the assessment period the minimum turnaround time for any student queries will be 24 hours. Candidates are therefore encouraged to plan ahead as much as possible to ensure that they have access to the relevant material needed to help with their assessments before their assessments have begun. The Squire’s enquiry desk email address is: squire@law.cam.ac.uk.

Date and duration of examinations

Q. When are the examinations?

Please read the Assessment Timetable for the Easter Term 2020 carefully. Please note that all times are given in BST (i.e. UK time).

Q. What is the duration of each examination?

The duration of the examination in each paper is 24 hours, meaning that you must submit your answers within 24 hours of the published start time of that examination.

Queries during the assessment

Q. Can I raise a query about the question paper during the assessment?

There is no mechanism available to raise a query about the question paper during the assessment (for example, if you think there is an error in one of the questions). If you have queries regarding the question paper or the assessment, please continue with the assessment to the best of your ability and raise these queries with your College Tutor and/or Director of Studies after the assessment; and if you have any concerns that fall within the University’s Examination Review Procedure, you may opt to use that route.

If an error in a question paper is identified, the Examiners will be required to exercise appropriate discretion during marking with due regard to consistency and fairness for all candidates.

Form and conduct of examinations

Q. Where can I find the Form and Conduct Notices?

The Faculty’s revised Form and Conduct Notices for the Law Tripos, the Examination in Law for European Students, and the LLM Examination will apply. Please read the Notice relevant to you carefully.

Q. How many questions will I have to answer? What is the rubric for each paper?

Details about the number of questions that you are required to answer and the rubric that applies in each paper can be found in the relevant revised Form and Conduct Notice.

Q. Can I refer to notes and other resources while writing my answers?

Given the exceptional circumstances affecting the 2020 Easter Term exams, there are no restrictions on referring during the assessment to notes, books and other materials, whether on paper, in computer files or online, including Moodle course pages, subject to the Academic Misconduct rules.

Q. Will Faculty Materials be provided? Where can I find them?

Where an earlier Form and Conduct Notice for a paper indicated that you may make use of Faculty Materials, such Materials will be available via the relevant Moodle course page, under ‘Faculty Materials’, before and during the assessment period.

Q. Is there a word limit? What happens if I exceed it?

Details about the word limits that apply in each paper can be found in the relevant revised Form and Conduct Notice. If the applicable word limit is exceeded, Examiners will stop reading at the point at which the word limit is reached.

Do not copy out the examination question in the Word document when answering the question. Every word appearing in the Word document (other than the Blind Grading ID, the declaration of the word count and the question numbers) will count for the purposes of determining whether the word limit has been reached.

You must clearly state the total word count at the beginning of your answers in the Word document. There is no need to provide a word count for each individual answer.

Presentation of answers

Q. In what format should I submit my answers?

All answers must be typed in a Word document as a single file. You must type your answers in the Word document in a 12-point font. The font that you use should be a conventional one, for example, Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial or Garamond.

Q. May I include diagrams in my answers?

Diagrams created within a Word document using functions in Word are permitted provided any words or letters in, or associated with, those diagrams are capable of being counted by the word count function. The insertion of photographs, pictures or external diagrams into the Word document is not permitted.

Q. What ID should I type on my Word document?

You must use your Blind Grading ID (candidate number) in place of your name at the start of the Word document containing your answers. (For information on how to access your Blind Grading ID, see below). Please DO NOT include your name or your CRSid anywhere in the Word document.

Q. How should I indicate which examination questions I have attempted?

You must type the number of each question to which you are responding at the start of each answer. If a question contains parts, you must type the relevant question part at the start of your answer to each part.

Q. How should I give references in my answers?

You are expected to write your answers in the same way as you would have done if you had been sitting in-person examinations in Cambridge. This means that there is no expectation that references to legal authorities or other sources will be fuller than those that you would have provided under normal circumstances. In particular, you should not use footnotes and need not include neutral or Law Reports citations for cases.

Q. Do I need to include a word count?

You must clearly state the total word count at the beginning of your answers in the Word document. There is no need to provide a word count for each individual answer.

Submission of answers

Q. Where do I find my Blind Grading ID (Candidate Number)?

You will be able to view your Blind Grading ID before the assessment period starts, within your profile in Moodle. To find this you need to log in to Moodle in the usual way and then follow the steps below:

  1. Click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on Profile
  3. Your Blind Grading ID will be displayed at the bottom of the User details screen

If the Blind Grading ID field is empty or you need any other assistance in this regard, please contact the University’s Moodle helpdesk: moodlehelp@uis.cam.ac.uk

Please note that the details you may see above your Blind Grading ID might state ‘not set’; these details are not required for this purpose and you are advised to ignore them.

More information on access to your Blind Grading ID is available on Moodle.

Q. Where will I find the examination paper?

You will be enrolled on a new course on Moodle for each exam you are sitting. The Law Faculty will in due course provide links to these assessment courses by posting a message on the normal Moodle subject page for each paper (e.g. the Civil I (Paper 10) page on Moodle where lecture handouts, past examination papers etc are found) and by maintaining a central page containing the relevant links.

Your courses will be listed on your Moodle dashboard under ‘Courses’. You can also navigate to your courses from the 2020 Remote Assessment category. You are advised to add your assessment courses to the favourites tab on your Moodle dashboard for ease of access.

You will be able to access the Moodle courses containing your assessments at 9.00 am BST 3 days before the relevant assessment is due to begin. For example, the Civil Law I assessment begins on Monday 1 June at 12.00 noon BST. The Moodle course containing the Civil Law I assessment will therefore become accessible on Friday 29 May at 9.00 am BST. The question paper, rubric and assignment tool for submitting your answers will be displayed but be greyed out and inaccessible until the assessment begins. This means that you will not be able to read or download the question paper until the start of the 24-hour assessment period.

More information on access to online assessment is available on Moodle.

Please check that you have access to the relevant Moodle courses before the assessment period begins. If you have any issues, contact moodlehelp@uis.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Q. What if I am in a different time zone?

If you are not currently resident in the UK, you must update the time zone in your Moodle profile to ensure that the times shown in the system, such as assessment deadlines, are correct for your location.

To update your time zone in Moodle, you need to log in to Moodle in the usual way and then follow the steps below:

  1. Click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen
  2. Click Profile
  3. Click Edit profile
  4. From the Timezone field, select the appropriate time zone for your location
  5. At the bottom of the page click Update profile.

More information on time zone settings is available on Moodle.

Q. How should I write my answers? (for more details, see above)

As explained above, answers must be typed in a Word document as a single file. You must use your Blind Grading ID (candidate number) and not your name. You must state the total word count at the beginning of your answers. You must also type the number of each question to which you are responding at the start of each answer.

Q. What filename should I use when saving my Word document?

Please save your Word document as your Blind Grading ID (candidate number) followed by the paper title. Please ensure the information appears in that order. For example, the file name of the Word document containing the answers of the student with Blind Grading ID 1234A in the Civil Law I assessment should be ‘1234A – Civil Law I’.

Do not include your name or CRSid.

Q. How will I submit my answers?

You must submit your answers within 24 hours of the published start time of the examination by uploading the Word document containing your answers as a single file using the assignment tool in the Moodle course. Do not submit your answers as a PDF file.

Once you have uploaded the Word document, you need to click Submit at the bottom of the page. It is not possible to change your submission after you have clicked ‘Submit’.

Q. What if I have technical problems during submission?

An additional grace period of one hour will be provided after the end of the assessment window, during which you may still submit your answers if you have been delayed for technical reasons. If you are unable to submit your assessment via Moodle, please email the file to the University Exams Office at the email address provided on your assessment course on Moodle. You should also contact your College Tutor and/or Director of Studies as soon as possible to inform them about this. In the event that you successfully submit your assessment to both Moodle and the University Exams Office, the version submitted to Moodle will be used.

Marking and expectations

Q. How long should I spend writing my answers?

You must submit the Word document containing your answers within 24 hours of the published start time of the examination. There is no intention that you will spend 24 hours, or anything close to 24 hours, writing your answers. Examiners’ expectations will be the same as they would have been under the normal assessment model, and the word limit specified is intended to approximate to the amount that students generally write by hand under normal examination conditions. Accordingly, you should not expect to spend significantly longer writing your answers than you would have done under normal circumstances.

For the avoidance of doubt, you will not be penalised if you spend longer than the amount of time that you would have spent writing your answers under normal circumstances.

Q. Will examiners have greater expectations given the 24-hour assessment model?

What is expected of candidates is the same as it would have been under the normal assessment model. Examiners will not have greater expectations or apply higher marking standards when marking examination answers.

Q. What marking criteria will apply?

The Faculty’s normal Marking Criteria will apply. Please read this document carefully.

Q. What if performance across my cohort is lower this year?

In recognition of the exceptional circumstances under which the Easter Term 2020 Law examinations are being sat, Tripos Examiners will be required to consider the profile of marks in each paper against the norm for the relevant paper during the last three years. Examiners will be expected to ensure that this year’s profile of marks in each paper is no lower than the three-year norm for the relevant paper. In respect of papers that are shared between two Tripos Parts, these comparisons will normally be made with reference to performance in the relevant Part, subject to the possibility of making reference to performance in the other Part where necessary to allow for very small numbers having taken the paper in the relevant Part in previous years.

Changes have been made to the LLM classing conventions in order to take account of the unusual and challenging circumstances in which LLM students will be preparing for and participating in assessment this year. In addition, LLM Examiners will have regard to relevant performance norms for each paper.

Q. What classing conventions will apply?

Tripos Part IA, Tripos Part IB and ELES students will not be classed. Students taking Tripos Part IB must, however, pass Part IB to be eligible to proceed to Part II. Please see the Passing Convention for Part IB. We do not expect there to be a passing convention for students taking Part IA to proceed into Part IB, but we await formal confirmation from the University and will update you as soon as possible by updating the answer to this FAQ. Irrespective of the position in relation to progressing to Part IB, it is necessary to pass the three foundation papers in Part IA (Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Law of Tort) and Paper 14 (Legal Skills and Methodology) in order to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree. Please see the Part IA pass mark document.

Tripos Part II, LLM and MCL students will be classed. The revised Classing Conventions for the Law Tripos, Examination in Law for European Students, LLM Examination and MCL Examination will apply. Please read the document relevant to you carefully.

Special examination arrangements

Q. I have agreed special arrangements which apply to the Law examinations in Easter Term 2020. What instructions should I follow?

If you have agreed special arrangements for the Law examinations in Easter Term 2020, please follow those arrangements. Those arrangements supersede any instructions found above in so far as the instructions above are inconsistent with those arrangements. If you have any questions about this, please consult your College Tutor and/or Director of Studies.

Other useful information

Q. What is the cut-off date for examinable material?

The cut-off date for examinable material in the Law Tripos, the ELES and the LLM is the last day of the Lent Term, i.e., 13 March 2020. Candidates are not expected to know any legal developments, e.g., cases, legislation, after that date for the purposes of the exams.

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