UCD has exam procedures and regulations in place so make sure that you are aware of the rules.
The following regulations are particularly important:
|You must be in possession of your UCD Student Card (UCARD) in the exam hall. You must be in possession of your UCD Student Card (UCARD) in the exam centre. Failure to produce your UCARD may result in a fine being applied to your account and additional identity checks.|
|No Mobile Phones/Electronic Devices. if you attempt to use your mobile phone or any electronic device in the Exam Hall – including having the device turned on – this is a major breach of the Exam Regulations and serious disciplinary action will apply.|
|Do not remove any UCD examination materials (including the exam paper) from the exam hall.|
|No unauthorised materials (e.g. books, notes, etc.) are allowed in the Exam Hall. If you are found in possession of unauthorised materials, disciplinary action will apply.|
Mobile Phones/Electronic Communication Devices
Is there somewhere I can leave my mobile phone/electronic device?
Yes. There is a cloakroom available at the RDS Exam Centre, Newman Building and the Blackrock Exam Centre. All property is left at the owner's risk and UCD does not accept responsibility if anything is stolen or damaged.
What happens if I use my mobile phone or electronic device during the exam?
The use or attempted use of a mobile phone or any other electronic device is not permitted during an examination and constitutes a major breach of the UCD Examination Regulations are liable to disciplinary procedures and serious penalties.
All mobile phones/electronic devices must be fully switched off when inside the Examination Centre. These items must be placed under your desk, kept in clear sight and students are required to follow invigilators' instructions in this regard. No items may be taken to the toilet
What happens if my mobile phone or electronic device rings or the alarm goes off during the exam by mistake?
If a mobile phone or any electronic device is found powered on, rings or emits an alarm, this constitutes a minor breach of the UCD Examination Regulations and will be reported to the UCD Student Engagement, Conduct, Complaints and Appeals Office.
If my phone is confiscated in the exam centre, where and when can I collect it?
Once the exam has concluded, approach an exam helper who will lead you to the exam centre office to collect your phone. Alternatively, you will receive an email to your designated email account informing you when your phone is ready for collection.
UCD Student Cards (UCARD)
Will I be allowed to sit an exam if I don't have my UCARD?
Yes. However, you will have to complete a Breach of Examination Regulations form and will be reported to the UCD Student Engagement, Conduct, Complaints and Appeals Office. Additional identity checks may be carried out by an invigilator.
Where can I get a replacement card?
Replacement Ucards may be obtained at the UCard Bureau, James Joyce Library Building, Belfield, Dublin 4. There is a fee of €20 for replacing lost cards.
What happens if I have another exam on the same day or I cannot get a replacement UCARD before my next exam?
You will have to complete a Breach of Examination Regulations form each time you arrive at the exam hall without your UCARD, each incident will be reported to the UCD Student Engagement, Conduct, Complaints and Appeals Office. Additional identity checks may be carried out by an invigilator
What do I do if I have not received my external funding for 2021/22 and therefore I am unable to obtain my UCARD?
You will be permitted to sit your exams. However, you will have to complete a Breach of Examination Regulations form. Additional identity checks may be carried out by an invigilator.
What happens if I leave my UCARD behind me in the exam centre?
All UCARDs will be retained in the exam centre in which it was left until the end of the exam session. If you have further exams, you should arrange to collect your UCARD immediately from the exam centre.
If I lose my UCARD in the exam centre is there a lost property office where I can collect it?
You should speak to one of the exam helpers in the exam centre.
Where can I get a new UCARD?
UCD student cards are available from the UCard Bureau, James Joyce Library, Belfield, Dublin 4.
If I forget my UCARD , will my passport, driving licence or other form of photo ID be accepted as a form of identity?
No. As per University examination regulations candidates are required to be in possession of their UCARD, which should be displayed on their desk.
What can I bring into the Examination Centre?
You may bring in writing implements, a non-programmable calculator (if instructed by your Module Coordinator) and your UCARD.
Pencil cases, glasses cases and wallets must be placed under your desk or in a location instructed by an invigilator. All items brought into the Examination Centre may be searched by invigilators.
Covid-19/Contangous infections FAQs
What are the symptoms of Covid-19?
The symptoms of COVID are now expanded to include cold-like features, especially in vaccinated persons. It is still a potentially lethal virus therefore, you must not attend the campus without first having been tested if you are exhibiting any of the following;
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
- Fever (>38 degrees)
- Loss of smell or taste
- Runny nose / nasal congestion / sneezing
- Aches and pains
If you are suffering from a new onset cold or flu-like illness, you should remain off campus, seek medical advice if needed and book a PCR Test.
What if I am feeling ill on the morning of my exam?
If you are feeling ill you should contact your own GP or the UCD student health services to be assessed. If you do not complete your exam on the day
What if I think I have or have been diagnosed with a contagious illness (e.g. Covid-19, swine flu, mumps, chickenpox, measles, gastroenteritis etc.)
If you think you may have a contagious illness you should immediately contact your own GP or the UCD student health services to be assessed for a certification stating whether you are contagious, a risk to others and/or unfit to sit your exam.
Students with a condition/illness that is contagious or that poses a risk to others are not permitted to attend exams (even in isolation, as invigilators would still be at risk). Students are advised to remain off campus until they are well enough to return. Students should attend only when a medical professional deems that they are fit to sit exams and are no longer contagious.
If you will miss an exam you contact your module coordinator and Student Advisor for advice. Please see the UCD extenuating circumstances policy for further details.
What if I am feeling ill during my exam?
Raise your hand immediately to get the attention of the nearest invigilator or an exam helper. If you do not complete your exam on the day you should contact your module coordinator and Student Advisor for advice. Please see the UCD extenuating circumstances policy for further details.
Will I have to wear a face mask during my exam?
Yes. The University has mandated that face coverings in the form of a face mask must be worn at all times in indoor settings.
What if I forget my face mask on the day of my exam?
The exam centre will have a limited number of face masks available on the day.
Will there be hand sanitizers available in the Exam Centres?
All exam centres will have hand sanitizer stations available.
Will there be noise during my exam?
While every effort will be made to minimize noise, as it is a public health guideline to keep Co2 levels to a certain level, doors in your exam hall may need to be opened at various times and extraction fans may need to be turned on/increased in speed.
Can I wear earplugs during my exam?
Yes, students can wear non-electronic earplugs during their ex