Consideration and respect for Exams
Consideration and respect for Exams

CARE: Consideration And Respect for Exams

We all need to be considerate and respectful to give everyone the best chance in their assessments. Let’s all take CARE to avoid disruption by keeping noise to a minimum during exam times. 

In-person and online exams 

Exams take place both online and in-person across the University, with students sitting them in different exam venues. There will be around 40,000 exam sittings in total across the University. 

Exams generally take place every weekday from 9.30am and will not finish for some until 6pm. Students will also be revising outside of these times. 

Exams will happen throughout the term, but the peak exam season runs from 4th Week (Monday 13 May), up until the end of 9th Week (Friday 21 June), with exams taking place every weekday in these weeks. 

Exams include prelims as well as finals for undergraduates, and postgraduate exams.  

How to avoid disruption 

We want all students to be at their best during their exams and they are stressful enough without unnecessary noise and distractions making them even more difficult. 

We can all take simple steps to avoid disruption: 

  • Be as quiet as possible in all parts of colleges and student accommodation and around central exam venues (such as the Exam Schools) from 9am to 6pm until Friday 21 June 

  • This means no shouting, loud music, ball games, or any other activities that are likely to cause a distraction 

  • This is equally as important in outside spaces close to buildings as it is inside buildings 

  • Celebrate after your exams away from student accommodation and central exam venues where invigilated exams will take place, outside of exam times, and in a responsible, sustainable way  

We can all inadvertently disrupt exams– whether we are in indoor or outdoor spaces – which is why it’s so important that we’re considerate at all times.  We all need to be considerate and respectful, to give everyone the best chance in their assessments. 

We appreciate that you will want to celebrate after you have finished your exams but it’s important you think about those who are still studying and greet others or celebrate away from students still taking their exams or revising for them.  

Leaving your exams

Please be considerate to other students still in the Exam Schools and other exam venues by keeping noise to an absolute minimum and not congregating when leaving, or arriving to noisily greet finalists. Even if you’ve finished, other students will still be taking their exams.

Advice for students taking online exams 

If you are taking your exams online, you should ensure those living and working around you are aware when you are taking your exams. 

Please note that minor noise and distractions won’t usually be regarded as grounds for mitigating circumstances applications. 

Please speak to your college in the first instance if you have any queries.  

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