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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 5, 2007
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Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students this Tuesday, November 6, in the 5th Floor Student Lounge from 8:45-9:30 am and 5:00-5:45 pm. Come and share your thoughts about the law school or to ask questions. Refreshments will be available at both events.

Fire Drill Follow-Up. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drills. We were pleased with how the drills went, but would like to pass along a few reminders:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

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: Deadline 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. 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: Deadline 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 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 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.

Student Awards Luncheon. The program from the recent Student Awards Luncheon, celebrating student achievements during the 2006-2007 academic year, is available here. The remarks delivered by Adjunct Professor Todd Parkhurst, the luncheon speaker, are available here. 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).

Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2008 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. 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. "Last Halloween was bad for me. I got real beat up. I went to a party dressed as a pinata." (Jim Samuels)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Continuous Life," by Mark Strand.

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