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Initial Reading Assignments for Fall 2018 now available.


Summer 2018 Exams.

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Summer 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there. Exam room assignments will be posted prior to the start of the Summer exam period.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. 

A student must notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, if permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify Dean Sowle or Jenna Abhijeet will
result in the student receiving a failing grade.

•Consulting Laptops/Tablets During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a laptop computer.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

Exams on Computer. Students taking fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) has provided detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. Please take special note of the following items:

  • Windows 10, 10 Creator, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10 S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Surface Pro, Surface Books, and Surface Laptop devices are supported (Non-Pro Surface devices are NOT supported).
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), and OS 10.13 (High Sierra) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These laptops may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the ITS department's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet to discuss your situation.

Notice to Handwriters.Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are a Spring graduate, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, July 30 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 14 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 30. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate. 

•Student Health Insurance. If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 11, 2018.

Uniform Bar Exam Coming to Illinois. The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar announced in June that Illinois will adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July 2019. The new format of the exam will be as follows (from the bar examiners' announcement):

The format of the Illinois bar examination will change from three Illinois Essay questions, one Multistate Performance Test (MPT) task, six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions and the 200 question Multistate Bar Exam (MBE-multiple choice) to two MPT tasks, six MEE questions, and the MBE. In other words, an additional MPT will replace the Illinois Essay questions.

The announcement also states that "[t]he date Illinois will begin to accept applications to transfer UBE scores earned in other UBE jurisdictions to Illinois has yet to be determined." Please click here for the bar examiners' complete announcement; and click here for the UBE's main home page.

Revised Academic Calendar for 2018-2019. At its last faculty meeting of the year, the faculty approved the cancellation of classes starting before 4:00 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Election Day), as a Day of Civic Engagement. Click here for the revised calendar. Classes will still end on Friday, December 7, although Friday classes will not meet on that day so that make-ups can be held for November 6 classes. The Fall read period and exam period remain unchanged.

Joke of the Week. "An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs. You would never see an 'Escalator temporarily out of order' sign, just 'Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the inconvenience.'" (Mitch Hedberg)


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