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Academic Calendar Reminder. In recognition of the inauguration of John Anderson as IIT's new President, day division classes are canceled on Tuesday, October 30. Classes starting at 4:00pm or later will meet as usual.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 7, 5:00-5:50 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 2007 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 Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 31-November 14. 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. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, October 31. To complete the form, log into 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 Wednesday, November 14, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, you will be notified 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 Method Registration: October 31-November 14. Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Beginning this semester, we are changing our "default" assumption as to how you will take your exams. Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, October 31. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 14, at 5:00 pm.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Beginning this semester, students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will no longer be segregated in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

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

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should consult the instructions for doing so on the Registrar's Record page. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 5, at 5:00 pm.

CALI Award Certificates for 2006-2007. If you won a CALI Award during the 2006-2007 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).

Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 2008 Session): Seats Still Available. Registration for the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 12-January 19, 2008) took place as part of Fall 2007 registration. However, several spaces are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in being added to the class.

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2008 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. The final schedule will be issued in early November. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2007 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized.

Joke of the Week. "An escalator can never break; it can only become stairs. You would never see an 'Escalator temporarily out of order' sign, just 'Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the inconvenience.'" (Mitch Hedberg)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Reflection," by Roald Hoffmann.


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