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  • Update on Final Exams

    Date: 2020-07-05 Hour: 16:00


    After nearly two weeks into the final exam period, we are preparing to hold classroom-based exams on campus, in keeping with the guidelines of the Council for Higher Education and the Ministry of Health and subject to the “purple badge” regulations. Due to the increase in incidence of COVID-19, department heads and faculty have made every effort to broaden the use of alternative assignments rather than on-campus exams, and bring the percentage of classroom-based exams below the permitted 10% maximum. On-campus exams will begin as of July 19, although a small number of them will already be taking place on Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16. Students of the relevant courses have already been notified.

    Below are instructions pertaining to classroom-based exams to be held on campus beginning the week of July 19:

    Students in courses which will be holding classroom-based exams will be notified in the coming days so that they can prepare accordingly.

    Exam policy for on-campus exams is the same as standard exam policy (no unapproved supplementary material nor electronic devices of any kind are permitted, time extensions for those eligible, rest room breaks, etc.)

    Students in high-risk groups who have not yet notified the Office of Student Support and Accessibility of such are requested to notify them by email (negishut.student@biu.ac.il) as soon as possible, and attach pertinent medical support documents that explicitly state their high-risk status and that they are restricted from being tested in a classroom together with others. High-risk criteria will be established as per the policy statement of the Israel Society of Occupational Medicine. The request will be addressed by a committee that includes a physician. An alternative solution will be found for these students (such as a separate classroom, Moed Bet, an alternative assignment, etc.) before the end of the exam period of this semester, with their rights for a special exam period this academic year preserved.

    Students confirmed with COVID-19 and those in authorized home isolation must present the necessary documentation to the Status Office (Mador Status). An alternative solution will be found for these students as well before the end of the exam period of this semester, with their rights for a special exam period this academic year preserved.

    Students confirmed with COVID-19 and those in home isolation are forbidden to enter campus for any purpose whatsoever. Entering the campus by such students will be considered a severe disciplinary offense.

    While on campus students must adhere to social distancing guidelines (2 meters in every direction) and wear a mask. After their exam students are to exit campus quickly and avoid congregating in any way.

    In order to guard the health of the examinees, a special policy will be instituted for posing questions to the lecturer or the teaching assistant: a special sheet of paper will be distributed to every student at the start of the exam where they could right down questions for the lecturer pertaining to understanding of the question (and of course not relating to the answers, which the examinees are expected to know). Students may submit page to the exam proctor who will deliver it to the lecturer. If the lecturer thinks that the question applies to all students, the answer will be given out loud; if in the lecturer’s opinion a written answer to the student suffices, the answer will be written on the page and returned to the student who initiated the question.

    Students who have two overlapping exams scheduled (at the same date and time) of which at least one of them is an online exam – will be permitted to take the two exams sequentially physically on campus. Registration for this must take place immediately using this request form.

    Students who do not wish to take overlapping online tests on campus can take one exam in Moed Aleph and one exam in Moed Bet.

    We will notify you as soon as possible of any changes in policy.

    We request all students to maintain exam integrity. Remember, your grades are intended to give you, your lecturer and your department reliable information on your academic achievements, and thus prepare you better for the remainder of your studies and your professional future.

    For questions and inquiries, students may contact the Services and Recruitment Center: https://stuad.biu.ac.il/mador/shema or by phone at *9392.