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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of May 11, 2009
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Have a Nice Summer! Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. For those of you who will be back next year, I hope you have a productive and restful summer. For those who are graduating this semester, I look forward to seeing you at Commencement -- and I wish you good luck on the bar and in starting your careers.

Spring 2009 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. If you have not received your exam room assignments by email, you can check them by logging into Webmail, clicking on Web for Students, and then clicking on "Spring 2009" under "Schedule" in the lefthand menu (then scroll down until you see your exam schedule).

•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 Abhijeet (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.

Exam Method.

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. You may also find this information in the Computer Center's section of the Record. 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. Also, please note that SofTest is supported only for the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business Edition, and Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Additionally, all laptops running a supported Windows operating system must be fully configured for the Chicago-Kent network (with network drives visible at login). Taking exams on Mac computers is not supported regardless of whether the Mac is running a Windows operating system.

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.

Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 3 (shortly after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2009 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Research Assistant Opportunities for Continuing Students. This information will be posted shortly.

Summer 2009 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2009 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2009 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '09 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2009 courses is available on the Summer 2009 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '09 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Fall 2009 Registration. We have finished running the registration priorities for Fall 2009 classes. The registration system has now reopened for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 4). If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Fall 2009 Term Page) to see what classes you were admitted into. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now.

Cancelled Courses/Sections
The following Fall 2009 courses/sections have been canceled due to low enrollment or other reasons:
Consumer Health Benefits (378-51 & 614-51): M 7:35-9:25 pm.
I.P. Financial Markets (490-01): M 1:55-3:45 pm.
Rule of Law in America (604-81): Th 4:00-5:50 pm.
Transportation Law (208-81): M 4:00-5:50 pm.

Added Course/Sections
Legal Writing 3 (431-10): MW 4:00-4:55 pm.
Legal Writing 3 (431-11): TTh 4:00-4:55 pm.

Other Changes
*Advanced Legislative Advocacy (486-01): This class will meet Thurs. 9:00-10:50 am (not Thurs. 11:45-1:35 pm).
*Tax Policy (491-81): Students taking this class as a regular course (instead of as a seminar) will take an exam on Sat. 12/12 1:15 pm (rather than having no exam, as previously indicated).

Fall 2009 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2009 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '09 link) no later than Monday, August 3.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

Change in Curve for Upper-Level Elective Courses. At its May meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve for upper-level elective courses with 40 or more students enrolled from a mandatory curve to a highly recommended curve. This change will take effect with Fall 2009 classes; any Summer 2009 elective class with 40 or more students enrolled will be subject to the mandatory curve. Note: Professional Responsibility is a required class, and is thus subject to the mandatory curve for required courses, not the elective course curve.

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