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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of January 23, 2006
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Adding and Dropping Classes. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring 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 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.

ASP Small Group Sessions. Information about the Academic Support Program, including membership criteria for ASP small group sessions and the process for petitioning into the small groups, is linked to this page. For more information about the Academic Support Program and study resources, please visit the ASP web site.

U-Pass Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your Spring U-Pass, you may do so from Denise Lang outside my office (320C) between the hours of 10:00-11:00 am and 2:30-3:30 pm daily. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ.

Changes in Academic Regulations on Grading, Exam Rescheduling, and Make-Up Classes. The faculty passed the following new academic regulations at its December 2005 meeting:

Exam Rescheduling. Pursuant to a proposal from the SBA, the second paragraph of section 7.2 of the Student Handbook has been changed as follows:

Old language: "A student will be deemed to have a conflict if he or she has three exams scheduled consecutively (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. on the same day, or 1:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on one day and 8:30 a.m. the following morning). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled on the same day, but at different hours."

New language: "A student will be deemed to have a conflict if he or she has two exams scheduled within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the next morning)."

Classes During Read Period. Pursuant to a proposal from the SBA, new section 9.4 has been added to the Student Handbook, reading as follows:

"Scheduling of Make-Up Classes. No instructor shall schedule a make-up class during the period designated 'Read Period,' except on the first day of that period. Optional review sessions are permitted during the remainder of the period. Faculty should make every effort to schedule make-up classes during the regular semester, considering the feasibility of scheduling them during the two periods of time each week during which no regular classes are schedule."

Grading Curve for Required Courses. The mandatory curve for required courses, excluding Legal Writing courses and seminars, provided in section 6.8 of the Student Handbook was changed to increase the percentage of grades professors may give in the B- and C+ ranges. These changes will apply beginning with Fall 2005 courses. Click here for details.

Grading Curve for Elective Courses. The mandatory curve for elective courses provided in section 6.8 of the Student Handbook will now apply only to courses with at least 40 students enrolled (rather than to courses with at least 25 students enrolled). This change is effective beginning with the Spring 2006 semester.

New City of Chicago Smoking Ordinance. Effective Monday, January 16, 2006, the City Of Chicago mandates that smoking not be allowed within 15 feet of building entrances. Smokers should use the newly-designated outdoor smoking area to the east of the building entrance (past the second column). The smoking urns have been moved to this new location.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A. meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you call a fish with no eyes? Answer: A fsh.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Dream Deferred," by Langston Hughes.
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