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Week of January 26, 2009
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Adding and Dropping Courses. Upper-level students may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester. You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see ß 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after the second week of classes.

First-year students have fixed schedules that cannot be changed. You may withdraw completely from the Law School, without tuition penalty, during the first two weeks of classes. If you are considering withdrawing, please contact Dean Sowle for more information on the procedure for doing so.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your ID card or U-Pass, they are available in the Registrar's office. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ. If there is no U-Pass for you but you believe you qualify for one, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu).

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be).
If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A. meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

Counseling Services.
IIT's Counseling Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy.
IITís General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the universityís obligation as a tax-exempt entity to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activities. This policy applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law School. Violation of the prohibition against such activity could jeopardize IITís tax-exempt status. While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. In no event may the name, symbols, or resources of the university be used to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for political office. Specific examples of impermissible activities include the use of university letterhead, campus mail, or university e-mail accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

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oke of the Week. If you can't be kind, at least have the decendy to be vague.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Praise Song for the Day," by Elizabeth Alexander.


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