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To assure your experience at Chicago-Kent College of Law is a positive one, the Center for Law and Computers is available to assist you with your computer and technical questions and concerns. You can reach a member of our staff by calling (312) 906-5300 (6-5300 house phones) or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, it is true...
Many professors offer students the option to take their exams on a computer as opposed to handwriting the exam. Students tend to prefer this method over handwriting exams because they can type faster than handwrite and use many of the tools available when writing on a computer.
Chicago-Kent uses a special testing software called SofTest which students use to take their exams. Essentially, it is a rudimentary word processor with special features to ensure stability, security and ample backups during your final exams.
In one month, exams will be underway. We want to take this opportunity to wish you the best and get you prepared. Visit this CLC Record page weekly to get the latest information about taking your exams on a computer. You will also receive email and can find written material (when it becomes available) at the Help Desk in room 525.
Prepare your Computer:
There are a couple of things you should do to prepare your computer for the installation of the exam software:
1. Run SCANDISK on your computer; You can use ScanDisk to check your hard disk for logical and physical errors. ScanDisk can then repair the damaged areas.Start ScanDisk by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking ScanDisk. Be sure to select the option for a Thorough scan as opposed to the Standard scan. This may take 30-60 minutes to complete so please allow appropriate time.
2. Run DISK DEFRAGMENTER on your computer; You can use Disk Defragmenter to rearrange files and unused space on your hard disk so that programs run faster.You can also start Disk Defragmenter by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking Disk Defragmenter. The program may indicate that your hard drive is not significantly fragmented and does not need to be defragmented. It does not hurt your computer to do this even if you get this message. The more often you defragment your computer, the quicker it takes on a regular basis. NOTE: ALWAYS run ScanDisk on your computer before you run the Disk Defragmenter program.
3. When downloading the SofTest program, be on the Internet at school or from elsewhere with a very fast internet connection; The file with the SofTest program is approximately 8mb, which could take 1-2 hours over a 28.8 modem, but less than 5 minutes for the Internet connection you get through the school via your Ethernet card.
4. Use Internet Explorer to connect to ExamSofts web site to download the installation files for SofTest. ExamSoft requires that you use a version of Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater to download their software. If you have Windows 98, you have a sufficient version of Internet Explorer.
For more information about taking exams on computers visit:
The Center for Law and Computers provides access to the Network for Chicago-Kent students, faculty, and staff in support of the educational mission of the university. In recent months we have noticed an increase in the amount of personal storage space being consumed on our network. As we continue to maintain and scan the network drives we are noticing numerous occurrences of non-educational types of materials (i.e., MP3, .wav, .mov, .avi). We understand that there are occasions when storing these types of files on the network for educational use is legitimate.
We ask that you purge all unnecessary messages and
files as often as possible from your network and email accounts to help
us preserve space on the C-K server. As a reminder, in Outlook mail,
you must delete messages from your "Deleted Messages" folder
for them to be permanently removed from the mail server. It is also
a good maintenance procedure to delete any unneeded messages in the
To select a new password:
· Access Webmail (http://webmail.kentlaw.edu) from your Internet browser, (i.e. Internet Explorer)
· Select the option CHANGE PASSWORD
· When prompted, enter your username, password and desired new password when successfully completed, you will receive the message PASSWORD SUCCESSFULLY CHANGED
· Your new password takes effect immediately and will give you access to your email account and network files.
Password protection is one of the most important principles of network and e-mail security. Chicago-Kent College of Law provides access to network and electronic mail resources to its students, faculty, and staff, in support of the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service. Passwords are assigned for access to both of these resources to authenticate a user's identity, to protect network users, and to provide security.
New passwords will be provided, and existing passwords will be reset, only when the identity of the requester can be clearly established.
If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Help Desk at (312) 906-5300.
Please feel free to contact Technical Support any time we can be of assistance to you with technical issues:
Technical Support Help Desk Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Email: email@example.com
Phone: (312) 906-5300
Fax: (312) 906-5165
The Center for Law and Computers has MS Office 2000 Professional Edition and FrontPage available for purchase at a discounted educational use rate. The disks can be purchased at the Help Desk in Room 525. Each student is allowed to purchase only one copy for the price of $25.50. Please bring your student or other photo ID with you to purchase a set.
The Center for Law and Computers has implemented print accounting software which allows you to:
1. Send print jobs to queue -- This feature allows you to send print jobs to the print station at the front of each lab where they are held in queue until you release them. You no longer have to continually run to the printer to make sure your print job doesn't get mixed in with someone else's print job. In addition, you are able to send multiple print jobs to the queue and they are held until you release them at the print station.
2. You are able to check the balance of your print account -- This feature allows you to look at the number of copies you have remaining for the term (note: each student is allotted 400 pages per semester; additional pages beyond the 400 are billed at $.05 per page)
Your 400 page limit is reset at the beginning of each semester.
The release station will release all print jobs sent under your username. When your print jobs are listed you have the opportunity to delete them before actually sending them to print.
If you have questions, please email HELPDESK@kentlaw.edu or call 906-5300.
The principle printers in the KENTNET system are Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 8000N Printers. There is one printer in each lab 700, 760 and 900 that is set up as the default printer when you sign on in that lab.
Individual Student Printing Accounts:
Each student receives 400 pages of printing per semester. Any printing past 400 pages will be charged to your student printing account at 5¢ per page. You must settle your student account with the Bursar's Office before receiving your 400 page allotment for the following semester. Students with outstanding balances will have their Kentnet accounts deactivated until the balance is paid. Graduating students with a delinquent printing balance will not receive their diplomas until the accounts are paid in full.
If you print work for a faculty member, you must print out a detailed balance and have the faculty member sign for their pages. Present the signed balance sheet to the Help Desk in the Center for Law and Computers (Room 525). Your print account will be credited accordingly.
Print jobs that are sent to the Document Center printer (9th floor-library) require payment when picked up.
Please report any problems with printers or printing to the Help Desk by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or in house phone number 6-5300.
The Email stations located throughout the building are intended to allow students convenient and quick access to Email and the Record. Please be considerate to your fellow students when using these stations. If you want to compose many or long messages, or browse the Internet at length, please use one of the 3 computer labs in the library. Thank you for your cooperation.
As always, it is a good idea to update the virus protection software on your personal computer periodically to catch any new viruses lurking out there in cyber world Since we have a volume license to McAfee Virus Scan, each student should have a copy of this software on his/her computer. (It is free to C-K students so...No excuse not to have it!)
The Center for Law and Computers takes a proactive stance in trying to eradicate viruses by cleaning them as they come through our servers, we cannot protect each individual PC. We are asking that you also be proactive to ensure that your PC does not become infected.
With the latest outbreaks of the Nakedwife, Creative.exe (Shockwave) and new Melissa viruses, we want to stress the importance of everybody having the latest virus protection software and updated virus definition (.DAT) files. We'd also like to remind you that regular virus scans of all drives (weekly, if possible) are necessary in order to detect and clean any viruses so they are not sent to friends and/or colleagues.
Chicago-Kent is licensed for and supports McAfee Virus Scan from Network Associates. According to information on their web site, there are over 50,000+ viruses out there and the potential for damage is continuous. We here at the Center for Law and Computers want to make sure you have the best possible protection for your PC. Please follow the instructions below to install the latest virus definition updates (.DAT files) for your McAfee software.
FIRST: Check to see that you have a recent version of the virus scanning software on your computer.
You can do this by clicking on the small blue and red "VShield" icon in the lower right corner of your screen with the right mouse button. When you do, a small menu will pop up. Select the "About" choice in this menu by clicking on it once with the left mouse button.
These procedures may force a reboot of your computer. In order to avoid loss of data, close all programs except Outlook before completing any of the following steps.
While signed on to the C-K network, run the update with the following three steps:
Once the "SuperDat" update program starts, click on "Next."
You may be prompted to restart your computer.
THIRD: Run a virus scan on your PC.
This will begin the scanning process. It will check all the files on the drive you designated. It may take a few minutes to several hours depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files you have. Your patience will pay off, remember you will be preventing problems in the future.
Note: The above procedures can be used in the future to update your .DAT files.
A great source for additional information about viruses is the Network Associates site:
As always, if you have questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to contact the help desk at (312) 906-5300.
No down time is scheduled for the next week.
New Computers in Lab 700
If you have been in Lab 700 lately, you have probably noticed a change!
We have added new Pentium III, 256 RAM, 10.0G hard drive computers. You should experience faster downloading of web pages and other applications. Also notice the NEW carpet---it makes the room lighter and brighter. We hope this helps make your course work here at C-K a more pleasant experience.
Lab 900 is on the ninth floor of the library at the west end of the building and has 12 computers. Turn left when you enter the library through the ninth floor entrance. The printer for the ninth floor lab is in Room 986, in the corner of the area.
Lab 700, the large, glass-walled room on the seventh floor of the library, is the largest lab, with 30 computers. This lab is sometimes used for larger research classes and it is always used for exams. LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW representatives conduct office hours in Lab 700. The schedule of their office hours will be posted weekly in the Record. They can help you with online research questions.
Lab 760, also on the seventh floor of the library, is equipped with 20 computers. It is often used for research classes.
From time to time, the law school schedules classes or exams in the labs. When this occurs, a sign will be posted outside the door of the lab. Please be considerate and use one of the other labs during these scheduled activities.
If you have any problems getting onto KENTNET from any computer, call the CLC at extension 6-5300 from any black house phone located between the public telephones on every floor.
In order to secure your login name and password, it is important to log out completely. To shutdown properly, prior to leaving any of the computer labs, logout and close all programs---click START (located on tool bar in the bottom left corner of the screen) SHUTDOWN | RESTART. If the system is shutdown successfully, the next individual who sits at that lab computer will be prompted to enter his or her own login name and password.
Q: What is the URL for Chicago-Kent's internal web page?
Q: What is the web site address to get my grades?
A: Go directly to http://ck-info.kentlaw.edu or go to http://ck.kentlaw.edu/ and click on the link labeled Chicago-Kent Student Information System (Online Grades).
Q: What do I do if I can't find my pin number for the online grade system or if my pin number is not working?
A: Send an email to email@example.com.