Law Professors, Law Schools, Screw-Ups

Huge Exam Screw-Up Requires Class to Retake Portions Of Test

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW — MEMORANDUM — URGENT NOTIFICATION

From: Patrick Brennan
Subject: urgent notification to Prof. Dellapenna’s Contracts students — action required
Date: May 7, 2012 4:27:53 PM EDT
To: 2014dist
Cc: Academic Community, Staffdist, 2012dist, 2013dist

Dear Students:

This email requires action only by students in Professor Dellapenna’s Contracts section this semester. I am sending this email to all members of the Villanova Law community, however, to apprise you of a recent problem and of the Administration’s remedy for that problem.

When Professor Dellapenna’s exam was being distributed last Thursday in Room 101, it was discovered that in some cases an exam for another course was distributed instead. In the approximately twenty minutes it took for replacement exams to be produced and distributed, the integrity of the examination process was breached. Students who had seen the correct exam were allowed to converse among themselves and even to have access to the bags they had brought to the examination room. Although there were some efforts to limit the breach, those efforts were insufficient. The integrity of the examination process was fatally compromised. The Administration cannot allow this breach to go unremedied.

All students in Professor Dellapenna’s Contracts section will be required to take a new essay exam question between Wednesday morning and the close of business on Friday of this week. Students will be required to self-schedule the exam. The Registrar’s office will release the details of the self-scheduling process by late tomorrow afternoon. All of Professor Dellapenna’s Contracts students, not just those in the compromised room (101), must take this new question. The multiple-choice portion of the original exam is not affected by the voiding of the essay portion.

This is an unfortunate situation, and I regret that this inconvenience is necessary. The integrity of our examination process is our first priority, however, and in this instance it requires the remedy described above. We hope that the self-scheduling element of the remedy mitigates the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.


Patrick McKinley Brennan
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies
Director, J.D.-M.B.A. Program
Villanova University School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Rd.
Villanova PA 19085

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