Can you Bring Fidget Spinners Into Exams? The Answer Might Surprise you.
Recently, one of our students asked if you can bring fidget spinners into exams. As experienced procrastinators, we couldn't help but consider this question.
For those that don't know, fidget spinners are an amazing piece of technology that seem to spin forever. They're easy to use...
And so easy that even dogs can use them!
At this point we need to say: No one at Momentum Tutoring is a practicing lawyer and this information is not actual legal advice.
So what do the rules say?
The University of Auckland
At Auckland, the rules prohibit:
-Books, written/printed materials;
-Only equipment required for exams is allowed
Since fidget spinners aren't "required"... UOA students can't bring fidget spinners into exams.
Victoria University of Wellington
At Vic, the exam rules prohibit:
-Cell phones, electronic devices;
Sadly, fidget spinners don't count as "equipment", so VUW students cannot bring fidget spinners into exams.
Auckland University of Technology
AUT doesn't seem to have any dedicated rules about exams.
But their general rules prohibit:
- -Disturbing the activities of the University.
Our conclusion? AUT really needs to get some Exam rules... but to the question if you can bring a fidget spinner into your exam, the answer is:
University of Canterbury
Canterbury's rules say that students can only take the following into exams:
-Pens, pencils, etc.
-A bottle of water;
-Other materials (notes, books, calculator) if the exam is open book.
The verdict? UC students cannot bring fidget spinners into exams.
The exam rules prohibit:
-Audible electronic devices
Clearly, the aim of the rules is to prohibit communicating. But spinning? No mention.
It looks like Otago students are the winner here!
But seriously, we need to repeat our disclaimer. Your Uni has the power to give you a 0, or give you a 'compulsory gap year'. Please think critically before making choices that may adversely affect your academic future.