[teknoids] Bar exams banning Macs with Touch Bar

Edmunds, Doug edmunds at unc.edu
Tue Jan 31 16:05:49 EST 2017

My earlier reply regarding ExamSoft’s efforts to release a new version in time for spring exams seems not to have made it through to the list yet. Weird, because I sent it at 3pm EST.

Meanwhile, here’s what North Carolina is saying:
Notice to All North Carolina Bar Examination Applicants regarding Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar
This is a notice for all applicants who will be using their laptop at the February 2017 North Carolina Bar Examination. If you are planning to use the newest version of the Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar, you will be required to disable the Touch Bar feature prior to entry into the Bar Examination Site.
To disable the Touch Bar:
From the Dock, open System Preferences, then double-click Keyboard, then open the drop-down menu for “Touch Bar Shows,” and select App Controls.  Next, open the drop-down menu for “Press Fn key to,” and select Show F1, F2, etc. Keys.
Please be advised that the Announcing Proctor will make an announcement at the start of the exam session asking anyone who is using a Mac Book Pro with Touch Bar to raise their hand so that a proctor or ExamSoft technician can come to their seat and ensure that the Touch Bar has been disabled.

Doug Edmunds
Assistant Dean for IT & Adjunct Instructor

From: Teknoids <teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net> on behalf of Grace Lee <glee at nyls.edu>
Reply-To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 4:01 PM
To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Subject: Re: [teknoids] Bar exams banning Macs with Touch Bar

New York State has announced that  the MBP with Touch Bar aren't allowed for the February Uniform Bar exam:

https://www.nybarexam.org/​<https://www.nybarexam.org/>  (scroll down to the "Notices" section)


Grace E. Lee | Emerging Technologies Librarian  | The Mendik Library, New York Law School |185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013
Voice: 212.431.2858 | Email: glee at nyls.edu<mailto:glee at nyls.edu> |URL: www.nyls.edu/library

From: "Sampson, Sara" <sampson.8 at osu.edu><mailto:sampson.8 at osu.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 02:59 PM
To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net><mailto:teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Subject: Re: [teknoids] Bar exams banning Macs with Touch Bar

My colleague Katherine Kelly is keeping the list on the Bar Exam Wizard<https://barexamwizard.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/feb-bar-exam-no-macbook-pro-with-touch-bar-function/> up to date.  If anyone has details or hears more, please forward to me and I’ll make sure she gets it.  If you have a link to a website or email for her to verify details that would be ideal.

She’s doing an update this evening.


[he Ohio State University]

Sara Sampson

Assistant Dean for Information Services, Interim Assistant Dean for Communications, Director of Law Library, and Senior Lecturer
Moritz College of Law

274B Drinko Hall, 55 West 12th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210-1391

From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Lisa Davis
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 2:51 PM
To: Teknoids
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We anticipate a similar edict any day from the Florida Bar as well.



Lisa Davis, J.D., M.S.

Interim Associate Dean for Information Resources & Technology

Law Library Director

Assistant Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication

FIU Law Library

RDB 2078

11200 SW 8th Street

Miami, FL 33199

Tel: 305-348-8019

Fax: 305-348-7017


From: Teknoids <teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net<mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net>> on behalf of "MOORE, GARY" <GMOORE at law.sc.edu<mailto:GMOORE at law.sc.edu>>
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Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:39 PM
To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net<mailto:teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>>
Subject: Re: [teknoids] Bar exams banning Macs with Touch Bar

It is our understanding that the South Carolina Bar has banned the Touch Bar Macs from the February bar.



[age003 (2)]

Gary Moore
Assistant Dean for Academic Technology

701 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29208

Phone – 803-777-8296

E-mail – Gmoore at law.sc.edu<mailto:Gmoore at law.sc.edu>

Web – http://law.sc.edu<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__law.sc.edu_&d=AwMFAg&c=1QsCMERiq7JOmEnKpsSyjg&r=_z07mjkB-ur52W8bDUbDug&m=iNuXEjLqLCkNxnxlnSkZ3wgphB9ResNCRfWbDgMTNQQ&s=4WLJSIyd9XxcXZ4_xNUHsDnP4HpAGWOW6Z8Lp0mIrxQ&e=>

From: Teknoids [mailto:teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net] On Behalf Of Covey, Chad
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:32 PM
To: teknoids at lists.teknoids.net<mailto:teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Subject: [teknoids] Bar exams banning Macs with Touch Bar

A number of states that use ExamSoft for their bar exams are either banning Touch Bar Macs entirely, or are requiring users to disable it.  All the information we’ve been able to find seems restricted to bar exams, not sure how this applies to regular law school exams.

Here's an unexpected drawback of Apple's latest flagship laptops<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.engadget.com_2016_12_02_macbook-2Dpro-2D2016-2Dmini-2Dreview_&d=AwMFAg&c=1QsCMERiq7JOmEnKpsSyjg&r=_z07mjkB-ur52W8bDUbDug&m=iNuXEjLqLCkNxnxlnSkZ3wgphB9ResNCRfWbDgMTNQQ&s=ySuJx1Z5HqDLTz7mMVlwzRsmgKRjFO8IeVryKykJwT4&e=>: law students in several states are being asked to disable the Touch Bar<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__appleinsider.com_articles_17_01_30_north-2Dcarolina-2Drequires-2Dtest-2Dtakers-2Ddisable-2Dmacbook-2Dpro-2Dtouch-2Dbar-2Dfor-2Dbar-2Dexam&d=AwMFAg&c=1QsCMERiq7JOmEnKpsSyjg&r=_z07mjkB-ur52W8bDUbDug&m=iNuXEjLqLCkNxnxlnSkZ3wgphB9ResNCRfWbDgMTNQQ&s=zl5yiCK3optHECYe7svFRQq804kSaIJ9I64XZITgc08&e=> on their new MacBook Pros, or leave them at home entirely, if they plan to use the machines when they take the bar exam in February. According to an announcement<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__support.examsoft.com_h_i_323482095-2Ddisabling-2Dthe-2Dtouch-2Dbar-2Don-2Dmacbook-2Dpro&d=AwMFAg&c=1QsCMERiq7JOmEnKpsSyjg&r=_z07mjkB-ur52W8bDUbDug&m=iNuXEjLqLCkNxnxlnSkZ3wgphB9ResNCRfWbDgMTNQQ&s=pSXj7X2z_2hrfvCOBPx-5u2ZtG3-0zO2seJstO9urZs&e=> from testing software company ExamSoft, the Touch Bar's predictive text feature could compromise "exam integrity."



Chad Covey

Law IT Manager

University of New Mexico School of Law

1117 Stanford NE

Albuquerque, NM 87131

covey at law.unm.edu<mailto:covey at law.unm.edu>

(505) 277 0695

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