In order to reduce the opportunity for cheating on examinations, faculty members should employ the following best practices whenever possible:
- Modify or replace a significant portion of the exam questions each time an exam is re-administered in a course or administered in a separate section.
- For courses with large numbers of students and close seating, prepare multiple versions of an exam for that section.
- Prepare different versions of multiple choice exams for use in EACH section of a course, and two separate exams for very large sections.
- Develop, to the extent possible, “cheat proof” essay or problem-solving questions.
- Prepare a different version of the exam for make-up exams.
A copy of each examination is to be filed with the Department Chairperson or Dean so that he or she can maintain a historical file on exams used in the course.
TEST DUPLICATION AND STORAGE
- Type exams on a secure computer. Do not use Touro computer labs, where students, work/study students and/or lab technicians can access the files.
- Print and copy exams on secure printers and copiers.
- When duplicating examinations, do the copying yourself, or have a trustworthy administrative assistant do the copying for you. Ensure that all original copies are removed from the copiers and copy room.
- Store exams in a secure place, such as the Department office or the faculty member’s paper or computer files. All exams must be stored in locked file cabinets and secured computers.
TEST ADMINISTRATION: PAPER EXAMINATIONS
- Be present during examinations and actively proctor your own examinations. The Touro College and University System may supplement the proctoring by assigning extra proctors.
- Do not permit students to have any electronic devices (including cell phones, smartphones, iPADs or other tablet computers, and flash drives) or personal belongings (purses, backpacks) at their desks during the examination.
- Separate students by at least one seat, if space permits.
- Maintain control of the paper (including scrap) used during the exams.
TEST ADMINISTRATION: ONLINE TESTS
- Use appropriate web-browser lock-down software, and a web-cam, as appropriate.
- If students are permitted to review their exams, conduct the post-exam review in a secure manner, just as you administered the test.
- All exams must be collected at the end of the review period.