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Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Weeks of May 22 and May 29, 2017
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Notices to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, 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 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 31. 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, 2017.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States.  If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

Spring 2017 Grade Submissions. For courses with fixed exams, grades are due four weeks from the date of the exam. For courses with take-home exams, grades are due no later than four weeks from the final due date for the exam. For courses with self-scheduled exams or no exam, grades are due no later than Friday, June 9, 2017 (four weeks from the last day of the exam period). You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2017 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Notice About U-Passes. As the Spring semester winds down, we would like to make you aware of how the U-Pass will work over the Summer.

Do not discared your U-Pass Ventra card. You will continue to use your current card until you graduate.

The last day of Spring U-Pass activation will be Friday, May 12 (the last day of exams). This is the last day that you will be able to use your card with the Spring unlimited rides privilege.

If you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. 

If you are a full-time student and do not register for the Summer term (and you are not graduating), your unlimited ride privileges will not be reactivated until the start of the Fall semester.

During breaks from school, you may continue to use your Ventra card if you add value to the card. You will be charged the regular fare amount. Please note: We have been informed that your Ventra card will continue to work during school breaks even if you do not add value to the card, but you will accrue a negative balance on your account. This can happen without your being aware of it. If you accrue a negative balance, the CTA will not activate your card for the next term until you pay off the balance.

Summer 2017 Registration. 

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 29, at 11:50 pm. Unless otherwise noted in the Summer schedule, you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

•Loyola and DePaul Exchange. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. The list of Loyola summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. The list of DePaul summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2017 Quick Guide pagePlease note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

•Pass/fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Summer term must be made online no later than Monday, May 29, at 11:50pm. Not all courses are available for the pass/fail election. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" of the student handbook if you have any questions regarding pass/fail elections. In order to make an election, you should:

  1. Log into Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

•U-Passes for Summer Term. As noted above (see "Notice About U-Passes"), if you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Monday, May 22, and end on Wednesday, July 19. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking the intersession class (Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law) and even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (Criminal Law and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2017 Registration. The Fall 2017 Quick Guide page is available by clicking here (it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link).

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 4 for students to see what Fall classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Friday, September 1, at 11:50pm.

Wait List for Prof. Shapiro's Section of Constitutional Law. Although we do not keep wait lists for most courses (given the way we conduct registration), we are keeping a manual wait list for Prof. Shapiro's Constitutional Law section. If you attempted to register for Prof. Shapiro's section but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Wait List for Ethics and Advocacy.  We are also keeping a manual wait list for Ethics and Advocacy. If you attempted to register for this class but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 4. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link).

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Current Students page.

Exam Information. Information about Fall exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Fall semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than Friday, September 1, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•Pass/Fail Limitations. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6-credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on Dean Sowle’s section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 24 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

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