Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle for the week of November 15, 1999

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Academic Calendar Reminder.  The academic calendar for the end of the semester is as follows:
Thursday, November 25      Thanksgiving vacation
  to Sunday, November 28
Monday, November 29       Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 30       Monday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Wednesday, December 1    Friday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 2       Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
(Thursday, December 2 is the last day of regular classes)
In addition, Friday, December 3 is designated as a Make-up Day, i.e., a day on which professors can schedule classes to make up for any class sessions missed for reasons other than official school holidays. Day Division make-up classes may also be scheduled Tuesdays, 11:45 - 1:45; Evening Division make-up classes may also be scheduled on Friday evenings.

Spring 2000 Registration -- Update. We have revised the dates for Spring 2000 registration. The new dates are as follows:  The preliminary schedule of classes will be distributed on Thursday, November 18, outside the third floor cafeteria and on the Law School's Intranet site (http://ck.kentlaw.edu). The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be distributed on Tuesday, November 23. Registration forms for all students are due in the Registrar's office no later than Monday, November 29, at 8:00 p.m. (we no longer have separate registration dates for different priority categories, although forms will continue to be processed in priority order). Please keep an eye on the Registrar's section of the Record for details about initial registration and the priority add/drop period.

Academic Regulations on Probation and Dismissal.  The faculty has revised certain aspects of the academic regulations on probation and dismissal. The new rules are effective this semester, but they apply only to students who began their J.D. studies this year; the new rules do not apply to students who started prior to Fall 1999.  The changes are as follows:

Section 1.1 of the Student Handbook is amended by adding the following sentence at the end: "All students who begin the study of law in 1999 or later must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.300 to earn the degree of Juris Doctor."
Section 8.3 of the Student Handbook is amended to read, in new subpart (c), as follows: "Students who begin the study of law in 1999 or later must attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300 for the First Academic Semester and at the end of each Advanced Semester to remain in good academic standing. In computing a student's cumulative GPA, a grade received to replace an Incomplete grade is counted in the cumulative GPA in the semester in which the Incomplete was awarded." [Note: The "First Academic Semester" for Day Division students ends upon completion of the first semester of studies; the "First Academic Semester" for Evening Division students ends upon completion of the second semester of studies.]

Section 8.4 of the Student Handbook is amended to read, in new subpart (c), as follows: "A student who begins law studies in 1999 or later whose cumulative GPA falls below 1.700 at the end of the First Academic Semester will be dismissed from the law school for academic reasons." 

Section 8.5(a) of the Student Handbook is amended to read, at the end of the first paragraph, as follows: "A student who begins law studies in 1999 or later will be placed on academic probation if his/her GPA is at least 1.700 but below 2.300 at the end of the First Academic Semester."  Section 8.5(a) is further amended to read, at the start of the second paragraph, as follows: "If the cumulative GPA of a student who began law studies prior to 1999 falls below 2.100 at the end of any Advanced Semester, the student will be placed on academic probation. If the cumulative GPA of a student who begins law studies in 1999 or later falls below 2.300 at the end of any Advanced Semester, the student will be placed on academic probation."

Section 8.5(b) of the Student Handbook is amended by adding the following new paragraph: "Except as provided in §8.5(f), a student who begins law studies in 1999 or later is permitted only one probationary semester within which to attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300. If the student attains that cumulative GPA, the student regains good academic standing at the end of the probationary semester. If a student regains good academic standing and his/her cumulative GPA later falls below 2.300, the student will be permanently dismissed from the law school without further probation."

Section 8.5(f) of the Student Handbook is amended by adding the following new paragraph: "A student who begins law studies in 1999 or later and who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300 at the end of the probationary semester will be dismissed permanently from the law school unless the student earned a GPA of 2.600 or higher in the probationary semester. A student who earns a GPA of at least 2.600 in the probationary semester is entitled to a second probationary semester within which to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300. A student who fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.300 at the end of the second probationary semester will be dismissed permanently from the law school regardless of the GPA earned in the second probationary semester."

Online Payment of Tuition. The IIT Bursar's office has set up a new web site allowing students to pay their tuition bills online. There is a link to the site from the Law School's Intranet site (http://ck.kentlaw.edu) under the heading "Administrative Resources."

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed during the week of November 15 to elicit students' opinions regarding the quality of teaching at the law school. 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. They are anonymous and will not be available to professors until after the grades for the courses are recorded.

Reception for Judge Nancy J. Katz '83. Nancy J. Katz, a 1983 graduate of Chicago-Kent, was recently appointed to the position of Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is the first openly lesbian judge in Illinois. GAYLAW and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago will be co-hosting a congratulatory reception in her honor on Friday November 19, 1999, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the 10th Floor Event Room at Chicago-Kent. Members of the Chicago Bar Association, local lawyers, judges, and law students will be in attendance. Please call 312/906-5240 if you would like to attend.

Joke of the Week.  Question: Where does a test tube baby live? Answer: In a womb with a view. (Thanks to Pauline Afuso for this week's joke.)


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