Office of Academic Administration
and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen
Week of January 23, 2006
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
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
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
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.