Last update: October 1, 2015

If a fire alarm rings during an examination due to a potential fire, bomb threat, or any other cause, the building will be evacuated. 

The examination invigilator will, when the fire alarm sounds, inform students of the procedures to be followed. The invigilator will instruct students to leave their examination papers face down on their desk, exit to the designated meeting area, remain as a group, not disperse, and they must not discuss the examination. 

The invigilator will report to the “muster station” to gather information from the building authorities and the Fire Department, or the RCMP and Campus Security in the event of a bomb threat. 

The invigilator will decide whether or not to resume the exam. If students can return to the examination and complete the exam within three hours of the time the exam started, it is recommended that the exam be resumed. Invigilators are responsible for the examination papers left in the exam room. In making this decision, the invigilator shall take into account the class size, the length of the exam, the weather, and any other pertinent circumstances. 

Academic departments are responsible for establishing and implementing internal procedures regarding exam disruption. These procedures should consider the various conditions for examinations such as courses with multiple sections whose exams are located in more than one building. 

Should an invigilator decide not to resume the examination and it is determined that the examination cannot be graded (because incomplete), the course instructor shall contact Scheduling Services (604.822.5926) and request that the examination be rescheduled. 

Scheduling Services will consult with the academic department to reschedule the examination. Where possible, the exam will be rescheduled for the forthcoming Sunday, provided that the Sunday falls within the posted examination period. If it does not, the academic department and Scheduling Services will determine a new date for the exam. 

Thank you. Your cooperation and adherence to these procedures will help us complete scheduled exams with a minimum of disruption.