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Week of November 3, 2008
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ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 4, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorim (for day students) and Monday, November 10, 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm 590 (for evening students). (Note: The evening version of the workshop was previously scheduled for November 5, but has been moved to November 10.) 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.

Travel notice: Tuesday, November 4. Due to the Obama campaign's plans for a rally in Grant Park on election night, there will be street closures (some starting on Monday) in the Grant Park area. The City of Chicago has announced that the restrictions will be similar to those observed for Fourth of July fireworks each year. Please plan accordingly.

November 5 program: How the Economy May Affect You. A program sponsored by IIT's Human Resources program, entitled "How the Economy May Affect You: Solutions for Uncertain Times, Consumer Finance & the Law," will be held at the Law School on Wednesday, November 5, 12:30-1:30, in Rm. C20. [Become better informed about the realities of consumer credit, the obligations and consequences of falling behind and what actions to take.  Learn about debt consolidator services, foreclosure and bankruptcy.  Financial obligations under family law will be explained.  Hear an expert discuss where you should consider investing your savings beyond our retirement plan. Facilitators are Jon Dowat, a Chicago-Kent alumnus in private practice after 25 years as an investment broker.  Jon specializes in tax law, bankruptcy and personal financial planning.  Joining him is Rhonda de Freitas, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent who concentrates in family and matrimonial law. The facilitators will remain for individual questions after both sessions. Registration is required at: http://www.iit.edu/hr/train/profession.cgi

Fall 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 Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 28-November 12. 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 form will be available beginning October 28; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Wednesday, November 12, 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 28-November 12. 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).

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 October 28; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, November 12, 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: 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.

•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.

Presentation by Prof. Christopher Schroeder on "Transparency and the Executive Branch."
Prof. Christopher Schroeder of Duke Law School will give a guest lecture by videoconference in Prof. Moss's Rule of Law seminar on Thursday, October 30, 4:00-5:30pm, in Rm. 210. The lecture is open to all. Prof. Schroeder will speak on "Transparency and the Executive Branch: The Fight to Preserve Rule of Law."

Joke of the Week. "It's pretty sad when a person has to lose weight to play Babe Ruth." (John Goodman)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Blue Moon," by W.S. Di Piero.


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