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Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs

Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Week of April 22, 2019

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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, May 3 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)

Read Period: Saturday, May 4 - Tuesday, May 7 

Exam Period:
 Wednesday, May 8 - Friday, May 17

Teaching Evaluations.
 Teaching evaluations will be done online for all classes, except for clinical classes and first-year and second-year legal writing classes. The forms are available now (see below) and will remain online through the last day of classes, Friday, May 3. Although you can complete the forms at any time through May 3, we have asked faculty members to provide time in an upcoming class session for you to complete them. 

The forms are available on the local Web for Students system, at https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu. Once you log into Web for Students, click on the link for Course Evaluations under the "Online Forms" heading in the lefthand menu. 

Teaching evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors.

Summer 2019 Registration.  The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2019 classes. There were no oversubscribed classes. The Summer 2019 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available on the Summer 2019 Quick Guide page.

•Add/Drop Period. The Summer add/drop period is now open and will run through Tuesday, June 4, at 11:50 pm. You may add open courses or drop courses without penalty through that date.

•Canceled Classes.
 The following Summer 2019 classes have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment:

-Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law (169-01): intersession class.

-Trial Advocacy 1 (555-81): Tu/Th 6:00-8:25pm.

•Exchange Programs. Click here for a list of Summer courses available for Kent students at John Marshall Law School through our consortium arrangement. We are still awaiting the course lists from DePaul and Loyola.

•Course Fee. A course fee of $350, in addition to regular tuition, will be charged to full-time students for regular classroom courses taken during the Summer term, including any courses taken through our exchange program with DePaul, Loyola, John Marshall, and including classes taken through other ABA-accredited schools. The fee does not apply to part-time students; it also does not apply (for any student) to clinical courses, externships, or Independent Research credits pursued at Chicago-Kent; and does not apply to courses taken through Chicago-Kent exchange programs with universities abroad. If you qualify for financial aid loans, those can be used to cover the cost of the fee. Notice to part-time students: you may see the course fee on your account if you take a regular classroom course; a credit equal to the fee will be applied to offset the charge at the end of the Summer add/drop period.

Fall 2019 Preliminary Schedule.
 The preliminary schedule for Fall 20198 classes will be issued this Tuesday, April 23. The final schedule, along with the Registration Bulletin, will be issued on Friday, April 26. Registration will take place during the week of April 29 (details will be included with the preliminary schedule).

Deadline for Revoking Spring 2019 Pass/Fail Elections.
 A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, May 2, at 5:00pm. To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.

Spring 2019 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The Spring 2019 exam period starts on Wednesday, May 8 and ends on Friday, May 17. To find your Spring exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2019" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your Spring exam number is also available there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:

   Wed., May 8 - Fri., May 10: 9:00am to 5:45pm 

   Sat., May 11: 9:00am to 11:00am

   Sun., May 12: No exams are given on Sunday

   Mon., May 13 - Thurs., May 16: 9:00am to 5:45 pm

   Fri., May 17: 9:00am to 12:00 noon

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. Also please note: 12:00 noon (not 5:45 pm) is the last pick-up time on Friday, May 17.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Scheduled exam rooms to take your exam using the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify  will record a starting time for the exam as well as an upload time for your exam answers. Once you start the exam in Examplify, you must complete the exam. When you have uploaded your exam answers, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home ExamsTake-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

The last day of exams is Friday, May 17. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home exam that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, May 17, at 12:00 noon. (This means that you may not start a take-home exam on May 17 and return it after that date.)

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule, you will receive a response from Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu).

•Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

•Notices About 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. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for fixed or self-scheduled exams, you do need to download and install Examplify. We encourage all students to download and "take" a mock exam prior to the start of exam period in order to familiarize yourself with the Examplify program.

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, the network, or the Internet.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions will not work for Spring 2019 exams.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download at a later date (you will be notified when it is available).
  • Windows 10 is the only supported Windows platforms for exam.
  • 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.
  • Hard drive: 1GB of available space or highest recommended for the operating system.
  • ExamSoft does not support tablet devices other than Microsoft Surface Pro (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.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), and OS X 10.14 (Mojave) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • 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 Examplify 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who choose to handwrite 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.

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.

Dean's Certification for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certification 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 2019 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. 

Preparing for the Bar: Bar Refresher Series. Listed below are the remaining sessions in the Bar Refresher Series, which we encourage you to attend if you bar planning on taking the bar exam this summer.

Tues., Apr. 23
Noon, Room 170
Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure Refresher
Prof. Bailey
Sat., Apr. 27
9:30-1:00, Room 170
Jump Start Your Bar Prep *
Dorothy Benson

* This free Saturday workshop, sponsored by the Conviser Foundation, gives CK students a unique opportunity to get a head start on summer bar prep. Workshop leader Dorothy Benson is a nationally known bar/MBE expert who will cover MBE skills and strategies. To attend, you must preregister; you’ll be given a 50-question practice pretest to take before the workshop. Contact Prof. Kari Johnson at kjohnson@kentlaw.iit.edu to register or for more information.

If you missed any earlier sessions, videos are available. Email Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu for details.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding its final Spring office hours at Chicago-Kent this Wednesday, April 24, 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 760. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

If you are already in recovery, there are regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Professional and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450. Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

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