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Testing Policies

Testing Policies

Exam Misconduct
The term 'exam misconduct' refers primarily to academic misconduct in the course of taking an exam, or any assignment in which exam-like conditions are present.  Franklin’s Testing Services team provides all students with parameters and restrictions which must be adhered to while taking any exam, and deviating from those restrictions may constitute an act of academic misconduct.  Violations may include the use of restricted materials during an exam, seeking online solutions to questions using their computer or handheld device, utilizing in-person assistance from a test proctor or other individual in the area.  If any suspicious behavior is witnessed by Testing Services, ProctorU or an in-person test proctor, a violation report may be filed.

Testing Services may file a violation report for a range of academic misconduct violations. Students are not permitted to copy, or attempt to copy, exam content, nor are they permitted to take screenshots or photos of test materials. The test-taker who shows up for the exam session must be the correct individual; if the test-taker if found to be an imposter, a violation report may be filed. Looking at someone else’s screen during an examination in the Testing Center is not permitted. Students may not read or speak aloud in the examination room, unless they have an ADA accommodation which allows them to do so. Unpermitted breaks are also not allowed for students without ADA accommodations. Unpermitted virtual assistance is also a form of academic misconduct which may result in a violation report. Lastly, failure to follow instructions provided by Testing Center staff may result in a violation report as well.

The following guidelines must be followed while in the Testing Center:

  1. A valid, government-issued photo ID is required. This can be a driver’s license, passport, state ID, or military ID. 
  2. All personal belongings must be placed in a locker out in the hall. The following items are not permitted in the testing room: 
    • Purses/ book bags/ brief cases 
    • Hats 
    • Food 
    • Cell phones, pagers, iPods, PDAs, Bluetooth headsets and other electronic devices 
  3. Children are not allowed in the testing center. Please make arrangements prior to arriving for your exam. 
  4. Please allow adequate time to check in and receive instructions for your exam. 
  5. Special arrangements (extensions, additional permitted materials, etc.) must be requested from your instructor/requesting institution. 
  6. No exams are given beyond the specified date without permission from the instructor/ requesting institution. 
  7. Communication with others in the testing room is prohibited. If seen conversing with others your test will be confiscated. 
  8. All computer activity is monitored. Accessing any outside resources during your testing session may result in the termination of your exam. Any such activity will be reported. 
  9. Going in and out of the testing room for breaks is not allowed. Please use the restroom before you enter the testing room and begin your exam. 
  10. When you are finished, bring this sheet and your completed exam to the proctor on duty. 
  11. All scrap paper must be turned in to the proctor once your testing session has ended. Anything you used during testing must be collected- including permitted note sheets. 
  12. Come prepared for and give enough time to complete your exam prior to the Learning Commons closing. All tests will be terminated at closing time regardless of time remaining. 
  13. Items left in the testing room will be placed in a lost and found drawer. 
  14. If you have questions during your exam please exit the testing room and speak to an available proctor. 
  15. Failure to comply with these policies or Franklin University policies may result in the termination of your exam.

Firearms and Weapons Policy

The use, storage, control, or possession of firearms, ammunition, deadly weapons or military ordnance of any kind on the University property or at University functions is expressly forbidden, including storing any said item in vehicles on campus.  Firearms are defined as any gun, rifle, pistol, or handgun designed to fire bullets, BBs, pellets, or shots (including paintballs), regardless of the propellant used.

Sworn law enforcement officers, both plain clothed and uniformed officers, are permitted to carry a firearm on campus, on-duty or off-duty, if permitted by state law and Law Enforcement Department Policy. If you meet the above criteria and are required to carry a weapon as a result of your commission, you must first register with the Department of Safety and Security, and receive approval from the Executive Director of Safety & Security Services, or the CFO and VP, prior to carrying your weapon on campus and/or participating in any University activity.

Other weapons are defined as any instrument of combat or any object not designed as an instrument of combat but carried for the purpose of inflicting or threatening bodily injury.  Examples include, but are not limited to, knives with fixed blades or pocket knives with blades longer than three inches, razors, metal knuckles, blackjacks, hatchets, bows and arrows, nun chukkas, foils, or any explosive or incendiary device.

Possession of realistic replicas of weapons is also prohibited.