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Weeks of October 30, 2006
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Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. IIT’s General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the university’s 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 IIT’s 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.

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Taking Exams.
The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 8, 5:00-5:45 pm, in Rm 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on strategies for preparing for and taking exams and will feature comments from both the faculty and student perspectives. Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Fall 2006 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests: Deadline November 10. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form). The deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Friday, November 10. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, the Registrar's office will notify you later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams 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 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. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Registration for taking exams on computer will begin on Monday, November 13. Keep an eye on the Record for more details.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

CALI Award Certificates for 2005-2006. If you won a CALI Award during the 2005-2006 academic year, but were unable to attend the recent Student Awards Luncheon, you may pick your certificate up from Denise Lang outside my office (Suite 320C).

Illinois Bar Exam: Q&A with Bar Examiners for 3L/4L Students.
Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be at the Law School on Tuesday, November 7, 1:00-1:50 pm (for day students) and 5:00-5:50 pm (for evening students) in the Auditorium to provide information and answer questions from students in their final year of school concerning the completion of the bar application process and the character and fitness process. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2007 and July 2007 bar exams. We recommend that you download and look over the application materials available at www.ibaby.org before coming to the November 7 program.

A separate session will be held early in the Spring semester for first-year students; details will be announced in one of the January issues of the Record. See my Record archives (the September 11 entry) for details about the bar registration requirements for first-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation.

Joke of the Week. "My grandma says she has eyes in the back of her head. I hope it's not hereditary." (Steven Wright)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The List of Famous Hats," by James Tate.
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