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Week of October 26, 2009
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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. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and will be offering H1N1 vaccinations this week to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinsations 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.

Academic Calendar Reminder. In order to avoid possible confusion, I would like to provide an advance reminder that Chicago-Kent's Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 26, through Sunday, November 29. Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 25 (unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class).

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a request through the Chicago-Kent Web for Students site. (Log into†Webmail, click on the Web for Students icon, and then select "Request to change division" on the left-hand menu.) Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The request form will be available beginning Monday, October 26. The deadline for submitting the form is Friday, November 6, at 5:00 pm.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorim (for day students) and Wednesday, November 4, 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm 590 (for evening students). 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.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, on Thursday, January 21, 2010. These sessions are for all Chicago-area law students. You should plan to attend one of the January 21 sessions if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process, (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2010 or July 2010 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. Here are further details, as provided by the bar examiners' office:

IBABY character and fitness information sessions for ALL Chicago first year law student registrants and ALL Chicago third year applicants for the February and July 2010 bar examinations are scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010, in the Auditorium of the American Dental Association building located at 211 East Chicago Avenue.

The first session will begin at noon and will be held for third year students, the second at 5 PM for first year students, and a third at 7 PM again for third years. First year students not available to attend the 5 PM session, however, would benefit from attendance at one of the other two sessions because although those noon and 7 PM sessions will be tailored to third years, the basic information and instruction are the same. There is no fee, and advance registration is not required.

See my Record archives (the September 14 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2010 and July 2010 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 21 program.

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