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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 16, 2009
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Academic Calendar Reminder. 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.)

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 don’t 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 the H1N1 vaccinations 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 vaccinations at a local site.

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

Fall 2009 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. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

•Exams Method Registration.The period is now closed for exam method registration.

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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest. 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/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2010 schedule. The Spring 2010 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2009 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized.

The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued on Friday, November 20, and will be posted here and on the main Student Portal page. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 24, through Tuesday, December 1.

2009 Palmer Lecture. Professor Scott M. Matheson, Jr., of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, will deliver the 2009 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture on Friday, November 20, 2009, at 11:30 am in the Marovitz Courtroom on the first floor. A reception will follow at 12:30 pm. Professor Matheson will discuss his book, Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times. All members of the Chicago-Kent community are invited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tasha Kincade at tkincade@kentlaw.edu, or 312-906-5006, no later than Tuesday, November 17.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in.

Joke of the Week. "Whenever you ask for a doggie bag at a restaurant, there's a certain sense of failure there, isn't there? People always whisper it to the waiter, 'Uh, excuse me. Can I get the doggie bag? I, uh, I -- couldn't make it.' It's embarrassing, because the doggie bag means either you're out at a restaurant when you're not hungry, or you've chosen the stupidest possible way there is to get dog food." (Jerry Seinfeld)


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