Office of Academic Administration
and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen
Week of August 22, 2005
Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization
Fair will be held on Monday, August 29, from 12:00-2:00 (for
day students) and from 5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in
the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.
Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master
Calendar is linked
to this page; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent
web page and from the Record web pages (see, e.g.,
the link to the right on this page). This site brings together
the following different calendars: the Academic Calendar,
Admissions Calendar, Alumnae/i Calendar, Events Calendar,
Student Administrative Calendar, and Student Organizations
Calendar. You can view events in calendar or list format;
by day, week, month, or year; and may look at one specific
kind of calendar or all calendars together.
Student Health Insurance. For information about the
2005-2006 student health insurance plan, please see the Student
Services section of this week's Record, and the Student
Health Insurance FAQ.
FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education Records.
The Student Handbook outlines student rights and responsibitilies
regarding access to educational records. Please review sections
14.4 and 14.5, which are linked
to this page. Please pay particular attention to section
14.5, which lists the types of information that Chicago-Kent
classifies as "directory information," which Chicago-Kent
may release at its discretion, and the information published
in the online Student Directory (available only to members
of the Chicago-Kent community). Section 14.5 also explains
how you may request that directory information, including
the information published in the Student Directory, not be
published or released.
Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who
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Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. IITís
General Counsel would like to remind employees and students
of the universityís obligation as a tax-exempt entity to refrain
from engaging in any partisan political activities. This policy
applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law
School. Violation of the prohibition against such activity
could jeopardize IITís tax-exempt status. While individuals
are free to express their opinions and to support political
candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual
is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT.
In no event may the name, symbols, or resources of the university
be used to participate or intervene in any political campaign
on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for political
office. Specific examples of impermissible activities include
the use of university letterhead, campus mail, or IIT e-mail
accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate;
using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's
fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please
contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel
of IIT, at 312/567-3034.
Furniture in the Classroom. If you have any reason
to remove tables, podiums, chairs, or other furniture from
classrooms temporarily, please be sure that you return them
promptly. Missing furniture can cause serious inconvenience
to instructors and students.
To Entering Students:
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Please take time
to review the Student
Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct,
included in the Handbook. For future reference, there is a
permanent link to the Handbook on the main Student
Amendments to Your Applications for Admission. The
Illinois bar examiners reserve the right to check information
you disclose to them on your bar application for consistency
with the information you provided on your application for
admission to law school. The bar examiners also conduct their
own investigations to ensure that you disclosed all relevant
information on your bar application and your law school application.
Some students have had considerable difficulty in the past
when the bar examiners found discrepencies between the information
disclosed to them and the information on their law school
applications, or when they discovered relevant information
omitted from both.
I recommend that you review your answers to the questions
asked on our application for admission and amend your application
if any relevant information was excluded. You can amend your
application by sending a memo to my attention describing the
omitted information and explaining why you did not include
the information on your application. In some cases, disciplinary
action under the Code of Conduct may be appropriate. But it
is much better to disclose the information now, and suffer
whatever consequences may ensue (if any), than to be called
before the bar examiners three years from now to explain a
discrepency or omission.
Most problems in the past have arisen with respect to the
following two questions on the
Academic Support Program. You received information
during Orientation about the Academic Support Program, which
is designed to assist first-year students in developing the
skills needed to succeed in law school. Please see the Academic
Support Program section of the Record for more information
about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria
for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning
into the small groups. Information about the program and study
resources is also available on the ASP
16. Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty or
nolo contendere to, or received a period of supervision
for, any offense other than a minor traffic or parking
violation, or is any charge now pending against you concerning
such an offense? (A "minor traffic violation"
is a violation for which only a citation was issued, e.g.,
speeding. You must report any other traffic offense, including
any offense in which acting under the influence of a drug
or alcohol was an element of the offense.) You must disclose
each instance regardless of whether a conviction was reversed,
set aside or vacated, or the record sealed or expunged.
17. Have you ever been dropped, suspended, placed on academic
or social probation or warning, or otherwise disciplined
by any college or university, for any reason?
U-Pass and ID Distribution. U-Passes and ID cards will
be distributed on Monday, August 22, 11:00-2:00 in the main
lobby. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our
FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass
web site. We will also distribute informational brochures
along with the U-Pass cards.
To Returning Students:
Fall 2005 Semester Information. The Fall
2005 Term Information page has most of the information
you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester.
(Permanent links for term information pages appear on the
Portal page, under "Academic term information.")
Print copies of many of the documents described below are
available outside the third floor cafeteria.
Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
Reading assignments for the first week of the Fall semester
are available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page. (Please note: The list
of initial assignments has been updated since it was first
Course Information Updates. Cours information updates
for Fall 2005 classes are available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page. (Please note: This
document has been updated since it was first posted.) A revised
version of the Fall class schedule incorporating these changes,
as well as revised course and exam grids, are available outside
the third floor cafeteria; online versions are available on
2005 Term Information page.
Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
A revised copy of the Fall 2005 Schedule of Classes, including
classroom assignments, is available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page. Classroom assignments will
also be posted in the front lobby later this week.
New Family Law Program. [Information about this new
program will be posted shortly.]
Adding and Dropping Courses. You may add an open course
without special permission until the end of the first week
of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an
open course only with permission of the instructor. You may
not add a course after the second week of the semester. You
may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical
course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy
at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper
(see ß 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition
penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of
classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if
you drop a course after the second week of classes.
Exam Schedule. A copy of the Fall 2005 exam schedule
is available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page. The Student Handbook requires
that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if
you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another
at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances,
the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively
(which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same
time. Please note that you are permitted to register for courses
with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled
for you. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other
circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student
Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Jamie Lake,
the Director of Student Services (312/906-5247; e-mail: JLAKE).
Trial Advocacy Section Assignments. If you are registered
for Trial Advocacy 1 or Trial Advocacy 2 for the Fall semester,
a list of section assignments is available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page.
Bookstore Hours. The Bookstore's hours for the Fall
semester are available on the Fall
2005 Term Information page.
2005-2006 Academic Calendar. The Academic Calendar
for 2005-2006 is linked
to this page.
Legal, Ethical & Political Issues in Business:
Cross-Listed Course. This course is being offered by the
Stuart Graduate School of Business and is open to upper-level
law students. It will meet Fridays, 6:00-9:15 pm, and will
be taught by Sharon O'Bryan, President and CEO of O'Bryan
Advisory Services, Inc. The Stuart School course number is
MGT 556-077. The course will meet on the Stuart School's calendar
(Fall quarter). If you are interested in this course, please
contact Dean Sowle.
Spring 2006 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary class
schedule for the Spring 2006 semester is linked
to this page. Please note: This schedule is only
preliminary; there will be additions to the class list (in
particular, we anticipate adding several seminars) and other
changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final Spring
2006 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration
for Spring 2006 classes will also take place.
At this point, we anticipate adding the following
courses to the preliminary Spring schedule: Federal Courts
(in the day); and Nonprofit Law (in a 4:00 slot).
U-Pass Distribution. All full-time day students (determined
by your official division status, not by the number of credit
hours you take in a particular semester) will be issued a
U-Pass card valid from August 22 (the first day of classes)
through December 21 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will
be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge
for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time
student. For more details about the U-Pass program, see our
FAQ, and visit the CTA's U-Pass
web site. The remaining distribution date for Fall U-Passes
Monday, August 22, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.
If you registered for Fall classes late or do not have a picture
in the ID system, we will not have a U-Pass for you. Please
let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after we confirm
your status, we will order one for you.
Spring 2005 CALI Award Winners. The CALI Excellence
for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted
Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who
receive the highest grade in each section of each course.
The CALI award winners for Spring 2005 courses are linked
to this page. If a section or a course is not listed,
that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award,
or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations
to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud
of your achievement.
Spring 2005 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. [This information
will be posted shortly.]
London Law Consortium Program. Chicago-Kent offers
a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as
part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested
in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2006 semester,
please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise
Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). Spaces in the program
will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We
must submit to the program administrators completed applications
from all of our participating students no later than Friday,
September 2, 2005. If you wish to discuss the program in more
detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (firstname.lastname@example.org;
Joke of the week. In honor of our new Legislative
Process course, here are a few "dumb laws" on the
books in Illinois (according to the Dumb
Laws web site):
*You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least
one dollar bill on your person.
*You must contact the police before entering the city in an
*You may not eat in a place that is on fire (Chicago only).
(I suspect some of these laws could be challenged on grounds