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Adjunct Faculty Handbook: Classroom Standards & Weather Policy

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The UNMSOL Library provides a variety of Research Guides on various topics routinely taught here at the law school, from Consumer Law to Tribal Legislation. Visit our suite of Research Guides, linked at the bottom of this box, to browse.

If you are teaching a course and would like to see a research or resource guide on it to help your students, let us know and we will build a guide for you. 

Classroom Conduct

The instructor is responsible for all classroom conduct, behavior, and discipline. Any action that would disrupt or obstruct an academic activity is prohibited

Release and Reuse Examination Questions

•Release of examination questions: Examinations, following their administration, shall be released by the faculty member to the Law Library where they shall be compiled and made available for inspection. The faculty member, however, may decline to release the examination and in particular any multiple-choice questions.

• Reuse of examination questions: No faculty member may use, on any subsequent examination, any question released pursuant to paragraph 1.

• Unauthorized possession of examination questions: No student shall be in possession of or have access to any examination question that has not been released pursuant to paragraph 1.

• Unauthorized disclosure of examination questions: No student shall disclose the contents of any examination question to any other person without the express consent of the instructor.

Examination Information

Scheduling: Adjunct faculty should advise the Law School Registrar if they are planning to have something besides a traditional final exam to evaluate their class. Alternative evaluation means may include paper assignments or take home exams.

Midterm examination schedules are normally finalized by the third week of each semester. Final examination schedules are normally finalized the midterm week of each semester. The Registrar’s Office sends solicitation emails requesting the foregoing examination information twice each semester.

Reading Period: Before examinations, a period of time is devoted to study and review. Faculty will be available during this time to consult with students and to conduct optional review sessions. For scheduled reading periods, please see the online academic calendar(s) at:

Examination Procedures: The UNM School of Law uses an anonymous grading system. Every semester each student receives a unique number that is used in lieu of the student’s name on all examinations. When taking examinations students may opt to type or write in designated classrooms.

Examinations are administered by the law school Registrar.

Mid-Term Examinations: Occasionally a faculty member may structure a course such that interim or mid-term examinations are administered, and the examination grades earned are included in the calculation of the final course grade. If such midterms are given, regular examination procedures will be followed. Please contact the Registrar to arrange for the administration of mid-term examinations. It is recommended that faculty make sure that mid-terms do not conflict with other student obligations or courses.

Take-Home Examinations:

• Professors can use take-home examinations.

• The deadline for the decision on whether a course will have a take-home examination should be when the examination schedule is set.

• Students shall be informed during the first week of the semester of the possibility of eventual administration of a take-home examination.

Procedures for Late Examinations: It is the policy of the law school that students present themselves for examinations at the scheduled time. The Registrar may permit a student with sufficient reason to take an examination at a later date. We have late examination policies and processes in place, if you need more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at

NOTE: Due to our anonymous grading policies, students are not to contact a professor about rescheduling an examination. They are also not to contact a professor once the examination has begun through the posting of their final letter grade. If examination questions arise after the examination has begun, students are to contact the Registrar’s Office directly. In turn the Registrar’s Office will relay the question to the professor.

Weather Policy

Should the weather become bad enough to cause a delay or school closure, the University will provide information to the local media, and place it on UNM’s “Snow Hotline,” 277-SNOW. Please see the following for more information on UNM’s weather policy:


Retention of Examinations and Student Access

The School of Law retains all student examination materials for a period of one and a half years. Students are encouraged to review their own examinations and may review them in the Registrar’s Office. Please note that each individual professor determines the conditions under which their examinations are made available to students (e.g., some examinations may be checked out only if the student has made an appointment with the professor to go over the examination). In addition, some professors make prior semesters’ “A” answers available for student review for a limited time before the final examination period. “A” answers released by a professor are posted on the law school library web site prior to the examination period. This process is administered by the law school library

Faculty Evaluations

During the final two weeks of classes, a teaching evaluation will be electronically distributed to the students in your class via email from main campus IT course feedback. Instructor evaluations will be made available to the individual faculty member after the final grades for the course(s) have been submitted. The law school Registrar’s Office will, in advance, inform you, via email, the date and how to access the teaching evaluations electronically online. * As instructor evaluations are important and, in an effort, to encourage student participation and completion of them, please set aside 15-20 minutes during your last or second to last class to ask students to locate the email and complete the instructor evaluation.

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