5.3: Exam Policy for Required MD Pre-Clerkship Courses

Per the Stanford University Honor Code, individual faculty members are not present to proctor exams; however, they can determine the best exam environment for their tests and make any requirements they see fit with regard to how students take the exam. The Honor Code states, “The faculty on its part manifests its confidence in the honor of its students by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent the forms of dishonesty mentioned above. The faculty will also avoid, as far as practicable, academic procedures that create temptations to violate the Honor Code.”  

To uphold the spirit of the University’s Honor Code and to create consistency across courses in the pre-clerkship curriculum, the Office of Medical Education provides the following guidelines for closed-book examination environments in our required MD courses:  

Students will complete exams in the rooms assigned by the course. Exams are non-collaborative and, unless otherwise noted by course faculty, closed-book. Unless otherwise stipulated by the course director, use of any electronic device to access other resources, including (but not limited to) the internet, your notes, and your colleagues, is expressly forbidden and constitutes a violation of the Stanford Honor Code. Additionally, the use of personal listening devices is expressly forbidden in the exam setting.  

Students with disabilities or other special needs for which they may need accommodations should notify the Director of Medical Student Affairs and the Office of Accessible Education well in advance to receive appropriate accommodation for exams.

updated August 2014

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