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About the Exam

The Exit Exam is a graduation requirement for all Justice and Legal Studies academic programs with the exception of the Justice Minor.  The Justice and Legal Studies Exit Exams are currently in the form of a Blackboard course.  Any student who is eligible for Disability Support Services at UAA may request an accessible exam through the DSS office.  The Exit Exam is not optional.  Students must complete the required Exit Exam(s) for their program major and/or Legal Studies minor in the semester in which they intend to graduate.  Students must have submitted an application to graduate through their UAOnline account before receiving access to the Exit Exam.  Students who fail to complete the Exit Exam for their degree and/or certificate will not receive a diploma until this requirement has been met.  On average, students are able to complete the Exit Exam within three hours.  There is no minimum score required for graduation and no grade will be given.  The requirement is simply that the student complete the Exit Exam by answering every question and returning the two forms at the end of the exam.

Frequency of Exit Exam and Eligibility

The Exit Exam is made available to students in the same semester in which they intend to graduate, usually in early November for Fall graduation and early April for Spring graduation. 

To be eligible to take the Exit Exam, the student must have a reasonable expectation of meeting the requirements for graduation by the end of the semester in which he or she intends to graduate and must submit an Application to Graduate through UAOnline by the last published deadline.

Eligible students students who take the Exit Exam, but fail to complete the requirements for graduation resulting in their application for graduation being rolled to the next semester will not be required to repeat the Exit Exam as long as they complete graduation requirements in the following semester.

Taking the Exit Exam

Students must ensure that they have reliable internet access before they begin.  Once students begin the exam, they will be allowed to save responses and return to the exam at a later date/time according to the initial instructions sent to them. 

Students will receive initial instructions via email to their preferred email address on file with UAA after notification of application to graduate is received, but no earlier than the initial release date of early November or early April as determined each year.  If a student needs to take the Exit Exam early, he or she must obtain approval via email from the designated Justice or Legal Studies program coordinator.

Legal Studies students must respond to the initial notification and confirm receipt and understanding of the Academic Honesty Policy before they will be granted access to the Legal Studies Exit Exam Blackboard shell.

Justice students will be added to the Justice Exit Exam Blackboard shell and notified by email to their preferred email address.

Exit Exam Participant Completion

Students who complete the Exit Exam are also required to return a signed "End of Survey" form and "Graduate Exit Survey" form to the Justice Center in order to earn credit for participation. Once all paperwork is received, a note will be entered in DegreeWorks indicating that the student has completed the Exit Exam requirement.  Only contact the Justice Center at 907-786-1810 if these notes do NOT appear in DegreeWorks by the end of finals week.  Exit Exams are not graded and feedback is not generally given without a written request to the program coordinator.