Wednesday, December 14, 2005

TPS Cover Reports Memo

I'm passing this along from Holly:

Hi Armen,

Could you get the word out that people should not be discussing exams in the comment section of your blog? We still have students who haven't taken the Tax exam. In fact, for most classes there are students who reschedule so people shouldn't be discussing the exam until after the exam period is over.

Thanks,
Holly


My thoughts: I have no problems complying because Holly and the rest of the Student Services staff are incredibly nice (contra, the fire-breathing dragons at the registrar's office), BUT, I firmly believe discussing the exam either online, or in person, or for that matter using a skywriter is not a violation of the Honor Code, and I reserve the right to change course at a later time. For now, I have to get back to my [censored] take-home.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armen, this could raise arguments about the constitutionality of the Honor Code...
Does First Amendment ring any bells to them?

12/14/2005 7:48 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

I don't see it as a 1st Amendment issue because you can't scream fire in a crowded theater and you probably can't scream "YESSS!!!! Section 151 Personal Exemption AND section 212 business expenses!!!" during an [censored] final. Just the same, I'm fairly sure the school can tell you not to discuss [censored] exam with people who have yet to take. I don't think the blogging and comments here constitute that though.

12/14/2005 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PC Load Letter?!? What the fuck does that mean?

12/14/2005 9:58 PM  
Blogger Mad.J.D. said...

Armen, you know your blog is relevant when the school administrators are not only aware of it, but actually seem a little scared of it. Nice work. And about those TPS reports, you know they sent a memo out, right?

12/14/2005 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmm yeah, I'm just gonna need you to stop talking about your [censored] exam. Ok. Mmm yeah thad be great.

12/14/2005 11:24 PM  
Blogger Tacitus said...

I agree with Mad J.D. Not only is someone in the Boalt administration reading Nuts & Boalts -- they're even reading the comments. Hopefully they're bringing the same attention to detail and gentle pressure to bear on whoever is supposed to be outfitting the Main Reading Room, because if they really wanted to do something for students during this time, they would be doing whatever they can to make the library a more pleasant place (or perhaps their ingenious plan is to pursue that aim by driving all of the students away!).

12/14/2005 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so it's either avoid talking about the substance of exams on your blog until exam period is over, or force people who are interested in complying with the honor code to avoid reading your blog for fear they might read something they shouldn't -- and you'd have the latter?

12/15/2005 9:25 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Why the question mark? Replace a blog with a conversation at the law school. How about the convo I had at Raleigh's after the exam? Any questions?

12/15/2005 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but in a face to face conversation, you're liable to know that your listener hasn't taken a particular exam, and be able to warn them/avoid that topic. anyway, i just don't think you should be so indignant about people not wanting you to talk about the exams on this blog. seems perfectly reasonable to me.

12/16/2005 3:16 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Look it's a resonable request, that's why I'm complying. But you miss my point. If we restrict blogging because non-takers might see it, then it's just as reasonable to restrict conversations in the law school, Berkeley, Northern California, etc. because there might be non-exam takers around who can overhear. And don't forget to stfu around the Dean's Office. That one is year-round.

Somebody has a case of the Mondays.

12/16/2005 4:04 PM  
Blogger Jungle Cat said...

How about if you are one of the few people who reschedule your exams you just self censor for a fucking week. Jsesu Christ, its like the people who complain about wi-fi because they use it during class.

12/16/2005 6:01 PM  
Anonymous liz said...

at another fine institution of law in the frigid midwest, we actually received an email telling us not to discuss the content of any take-home exam until the period was over, even with those who are finished because someone might overhear.

12/18/2005 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an observation, if anyone is still following this thread: I went to college at a school where ALL exams were self-scheduled and self-proctored. You could take any exam you wanted during any of the slots during exam week; you sat in a room with people taking other exams but you had no way of knowing which exams they were taking. It was a nice system, but it did come with the rule that you weren't allowed to discuss ANY exams with anyone at all anywhere until exam week was over. I thought it was a great system.

Yes; it's a restriction on speech, but it had great collateral benefits, not least of which was that people couldn't draw you into neurotic monday-morning quarterbacking of the exams.

12/25/2005 12:02 PM  

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