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:•
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
2007 Final Exams.•Exam Schedule.
The final exam schedule
for the current semester is available
. 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
, 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).
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
If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter,
log into your Webmail
, 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:
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:
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
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.