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Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu). IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).†If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.edu (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at drupcich@kentlaw.edu (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective. †
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you donít have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.† Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering. †
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. Students: We have already offered the seasonal flu vaccination to students, and we may receive more supplies in the near future; we are awaiting supplies of the H1N1 vaccine. Faculty and staff should contact their doctor or other health care provider to obtain the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination (when available) at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institutionís strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, October 7, at 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. Although the programs are 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.

Pre-Register for January Intensive Course: "What Every Lawyer Should Know about Business." We are tentatively planning on offering an intensive course in January designed as an introduction to various business-related areas of law. To ensure we will have adequate enrollment to proceed with the course, we are inviting upper-level students to pre-register for the class by emailing me at ssowle@kentlaw.edu. (This pre-registration will not be binding, but please do not pre-register unless you are reasonably confident you will be able to take the course.) You will actually register for the class when Spring registration takes place in November.

Course description:†What Every Lawyer Should Know About Business. This innovative and intensive class is designed to provide law students with an introduction to some of the most important legal and financial subjects that affect businesses. This fourteen-hour, one-credit course will provide students with a basic understanding of different types of business entities, securities laws, banking laws, accounting, corporate finance, bankruptcy, and corporate tax. Two hours will be devoted to each subject, and each subject will be taught by a different professor who specializes in the area. The goal of the course is to provide students with basic literacy on these topics. The course is designed for students who would not otherwise enroll in many business-related courses as well as for students who would like a birdís-eye overview of these subjects before studying them in detail. The course will be taught during the intersession, from January 13 to January 16, by Professors Batlan, Birdthistle, Brody, G. Brown, Chapman, Hablutzel, and S. Harris.

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