Villanova Law School added insult to injury after it nullified a test that it botched when distributing it to students, and then insinuating that the students were somehow at fault for the error. As the university explained:
“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.”
The Administrators, of course, were the breach. In response to their mistake, students were expected to retake the exam again, as the university said:
“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.”
The exam was actually taken on Wednesday, not Thursday, as Professor Brennan’s email had said, but why get the facts straight? They will still have to retake part of it
As one student reported to Above the Law:
“[T]he main takeaway is that they lured me away from a much higher ranked school with a full tuition scholarship, among other amenities. I regret the decision. As they year has progressed, it’s just been one thing after another. I would recommend to any 0L to not even consider Villanova Law School.
“I worked very hard to get to the point where my application would be accepted by a top school. I got there and, in reliance on Villanova’s reputation and full ride, and their representations about school quality, I chose Villanova. It looks like I may be starting my law school search over next fall.”