As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring academic integrity, the University of Waterloo Math Faculty is announcing its new Pencil Policy. As of this term, all tests, midterms, and finals must be written using a pencil approved by the Faculty. Through this policy, it can be assured that no cheating occurs through the use of non-approved pencils and that all students will have equal access to pencils throughout the term. The approved pencils are:
Where can I pick up one of these approved pencils?
Approved pencils can be picked up from the MathSoc office at the modest cost of $3 each. All pencils will come with an annoying sticker on them to show that they are approved by the Math faculty for use on all tests and exams. DO NOT REMVOE THIS STICKER! An exam proctor may forbid you from using any pencil without a seal of approval sticker on it.
I already have one of these pencils, can I use it?
The Faculty of Math has made every attempt to ensure that our pencil choices are so obscure and limited that you will be forced to buy them from us. However, in the rare case that you already have an approved pencil, a sticker of approval can be picked up from the MathSoc office.
I have a pencil very similar to one in the list above, may I use it?
The Faculty has specifically crafted the list above to ensure academic integrity during all tests and exams. As such, all pencils not on the list that you wish to have approved must be dropped off for one full week of inspection at the MathSoc office. Also, don't you dare think of taking the sticker off of an approved pencil and sticking it on your own!
Seriously, what harm could a pencil do? Who knows!? That's why we must carefully check over them before they are approved.
I'm a first-year student and I think this policy is way too stringent.
Oh, just you wait until you see our dropboxes!