Have a Nice Summer! Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. 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. For those of you who will be back next year, I hope you have a productive and restful summer.
Spring 2012 Final Exams.
•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here.
•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.iit.edu/Courses/index.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link on the right side of the screen. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.
•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.
•Take-Home Exams. If you have a take-home exam and it is to be picked up from, and/or returned to, the Registrar's Office, please note the following hours for the Registrar's Office:
Mondays, 8:30am - 6pm
Tuesdays, 8:30am - 7pm
Wednesdays, 8:30am - 6pm
Thursdays, 8:30am - 6pm
Fridays, 8:30am - 5pm
The Registrar's Office is not open on Saturdays or Sundays. Please arrive at the Registrar's Office at least 15 minutes before closing time if you are picking up or returning an exam.
•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.
•Exam Method Notices.
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 at http://www.kentlaw.edu/clc/exams/instructions.shtml. 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. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.
Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.
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 Dean Sowle 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. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle 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.
Notices 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. Network accounts: will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: With the upcoming transition to Google Apps for Education, the Center for Law and Computers will be sending out important information regarding the transition soon. Please read emails sent by email@example.com carefully for further information.
•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, August 1. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.
•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through the end of the first week of the Summer term -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the term. Click here for links to the Summer schedule, Registration Bulletin, and related information.
•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments will be posted shortly.
•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2011 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 14. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer '12 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.
Fall 2012 Term Information.
•Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2012 classes closed on Saturday, April 28. The registration system opened back up on Thursday, May 3 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 7, at 5:00pm). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may now do so.
Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.
•Constitutional Law Wait Lists. Although we do not normally keep wait lists, we are maintaining manual wait lists for the Fall 2012 Constitutional Law sections. If you wish to be registered for a closed section, please contact Dean Sowle (firstname.lastname@example.org). For Prof. Stewart's section, preference will be given to students who registered during the initial registration period but were closed out.
•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 link).
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 Current Students page.
•Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. If you will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours, you will not be automatically included in the student health insurance program - you will need to opt in to the insurance program. Please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ for more information. In addition, if you take fewer than 12 credits hours, please contact the Registrar, Jerry Seaton, so he can make sure you are still coded as full-time in the registration system.
•Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.
U-Pass for Summer 2012 Term. U-Passes will be distributed for the Summer 2012 term for all full-time students who are registered for at least one Summer class. The U-Pass will be effective starting the first day of the Summer term through the last day of Summer exams.
Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2012 as their final semester.
Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.
Joke of the Week. "A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." (Emo Philips)