Graduate Tax Program Summer Session

Examinations & Grading

Exam dates will be listed in the course descriptions (pending) and must be taken at the scheduled time. There will be two online exam formats in summer 2020:

 

  1. Take home exams: The classes taught by Professor Pomp on state and local tax issues always use  this exam format. Take home exams require the exam to be taken on a computer. It can be a desktop or a laptop, and no special software is required, other than word processing software. Students download the questions, type an answer, and then upload it to our online take home exam system. Using either a Mac or PC is fine.  There is some possibility we may need to offer all exams in this format in summer 2020, but we hope to offer all exams other than the multistate exams using our typical remote examining and proctoring services, detailed below.
  2. Remotely proctored exams: We call timed and proctored exams "in-class exams" even though they will be taken online and not in an actual classroom for summer 2020. These exams are proctored remotely via video proctoring and will be taken in exam software. We have asked faculty to give these exams in an open laptop format, which allows for the access to e-books and other materials on your hard drive.  

In the second method of online examining, students view exam questions using "examdocviewer" and write their answers in "exam4" while a remote proctoring service (ProctorU) monitors the exam via your computer's webcam.  If your computer does not already have a web camera, you will need to purchase one. (Most are relatively inexpensive.)  Students can use either a Mac or PC. Again, all exam start times refer to the eastern time zone.  Students in other time zones can request an alternate start date on the same date, e.g. a student in California can request to start their exam at 9:30 am local time rather than 9:30 am eastern time. To do that, you can make a request via our examreporter utility.

Again, all in-class exams must be taken on a laptop.  See more information on Exam4 (used for on-campus exams). See information on how to configure your laptop

Exam postponements

In the rare situation when an exam must be rescheduled due to extreme extenuating circumstances, there will be a make-up date. We schedule most summer exams in early August (details can be found in each course's descriptions, once published). Exams are administered during the daytime and are not given in the evening, with the exception of the multistate taxation classes taught by Professor Pomp, which will feature take-home exams. Exam start times are in eastern time, and all students are expected to begin at that time, absent an arrangement to the contrary. (If you are in another time zone we will commonly adjust the start time upon request, but it is not automatic.) There is a very high threshold for requesting an exam date postponement. Exams are never administered prior to the listed exam date. All students taking summer classes generally are working, so work conflicts are not a unique situation and we cannot fairly reschedule exams on that basis. Therefore, summer students should clear their exam schedules with their employers before finalizing course schedules.

Attendance

Rules of the American Bar Association, the New York State Court of Appeals, other state high courts and the Law School itself all require regular attendance.  For an online class, this means that failing to view enough class videos can result without further warning in: 1) grade lowering or 2) denial of permission to complete coursework and/or sit for the exam, and receipt of a grade of WD or F/AB.

Missing more than one-fifth of the classes or videos for any course is presumptively excessive. Any student who finds himself or herself at risk of this should immediately speak with the instructor and/or the director of the tax program and explain the situation.

Tax faculty members may establish a higher standard of regular attendance than that described above, and may also take attendance, class participation, and the quality of class performance into account in determining the student's grade (regardless of whether participation was mentioned as a grading factor in the first class meeting or syllabus). 

More information on the attendance policy as well as our grade curve and exam postponements is available in our Academic Policy Guide.

Anonymous Grading and Other Issues

Examinations are graded anonymously at NYU School of Law; students may not write their names on exams. Instead, students must use their Examination Number. All students must obtain their Examination Number by logging into the Exam Reporter website.  Students may not substitute their Social Security Number or Student Identification Number for their Examination Number. Students should remember to bring their Examination Number with them to the exam, as additional time cannot be allotted to students who fail to bring their Examination Numbers. In addition to their Examination Number, students must bring valid photo ID to the examination.

After a professor has submitted a grade to the Office of Records and Registration, the professor may not change the grade unless he or she certifies in writing that it was incorrect as a result of a mechanical computation or transcription error. A grade may not be changed as a result of a reevaluation of a student's work. No grade may be changed for any reason after a student has graduated.

Grades and transcripts may be obtained by logging into Albert after the exam period is over. Students who are in financial arrears will not be able to obtain transcripts.

Accommodations

Students with disabilities in need of accommodation should contact the Moses Center, 240 Greene Street, Fourth Floor, at (212) 998-4980. To preserve anonymity, students should not discuss accommodations with the course instructor.