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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of April 28, 2008
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, May 2 (Monday classes meet; King Birthday make-up)
Read Period: Saturday, May 3- Tuesday, May 6
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 7- Friday, May 16

Fall 2008 Registration. The final Fall 2008 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here or by going to the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '08 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria. Registration will take place from Friday, April 25 through Tuesday, April 29. You may register at any time during that period.

Changes/corrections to the schedule:
*Entrepreneurial Law Practicum: You must have completed 30 credit hours to take this practicum.
*Harassment in Employment Law seminar and Privacy in Employment Law seminar: Employment Relationships is recommended preparation for Privacy in Employment, but not for Harassment in Employment Law.
*Investment Funds seminar: Business Organizations is a prerequisite; Securities Regulation will be helpful but is not required.
*Rule of Law in America seminar: Constitutional Law is a prerequisite.

After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; as long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Thursday, May 1. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Thursday, May 1 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Spring 2009 Preliminary Schedule. To help with planning your Fall 2008 course schedule, the preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2009 semester is available on the Fall 2008 Term page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '08 link). Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final schedule will be issued during the Fall 2008 semester, when registration for Spring 2009 classes will also take place. If you have any questions or comments about the preliminary schedule, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE), phone (6-5282), or by stopping by my office (Rm. 320).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2008 and the January 2009 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2008 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the Fall Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2008 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 Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jenna Moroney (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

•Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

•Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

•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.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, our default assumption is that you will take your exams on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will usually be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers are not 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.

Notice About SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing 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: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

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