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Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to a religious holiday, classes are administratively canceled on Tuesday, September 25 (4:00 and after); and on Wednesday, September 26 (day and evening).

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program's second Fall workshop will address different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). 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.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE): Updated Information for February 2013 Bar Exam Takers.
The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is normally administered in March, August, and November each year, but we just received notification from the National Conference of Bar Examiners that the schedule will be different in 2013, when it will be administered on the following Saturdays: April 6, August 17, and November 2 (with Sabbath testing on the following Mondays). The dates on which test results are scheduled to be released are May 10, September 10, and December 6, respectively. For Fall 2012 graduates who do not wish to have bar admission delayed in states that conduct admission ceremonies on or before the May 10 release date, they are advised to register for the November 3, 2012 test. We were advised today by the Illinois bar examiners that this does affect February 2013 Illinois bar exam takers - if you plan on taking the February 2013 bar exam and have not taken the MPRE, you should take the November 3 test. You may register online for the November 3 test by going to The deadline for applying for the November 3 exam is September 18, with late registration accepted through October 4.

Constitution Day Observance. Each year, the university commemorates "Constitution Day" in recognition of the signing of the Constitution and in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. This year's observance will feature Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and Political Science at Northwestern University, who will deliver a lecture entitled "The Tough Luck Constitution and the Fight Over Health Care Reform." The lecture is scheduled for Monday, September 24, 5:00 pm, in the Marovitz Courtroom; it is free and open to the public.

ID Cards Required for IIT Shuttlebus. The university recently announced in IIT Today that they will be requiring use of the school ID in order to use the IIT shuttlebus. Strict enforcement of this policy will begin Monday, September 17. The ID must be one that has a "prox chip" in the card, which we started issuing about three years ago; most students have ID cards with prox chips, but faculty and staff may need to get a replacement ID depending on when you obtained your current ID card. If you are not sure whether your ID card has a prox chip, stop by the Registrar's Office and they will be able to tell you. If you need to obtain a replacement ID, you may do so in the Registrar's Office at the following times: Monday-Friday, 10:00-12:00, 2:00-4:00. Students who have lost their IDs must pay a $10.00 charge, payable to the Bursar either in person or online. Flyers regarding the process are available on the 2nd floor near the large bulletin boards.

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity on Campus Policy. [From IIT's General Counsel's Office:] With the election season upon us, it is important to review IIT's policy on political activity as well as its policy on use of space by political candidates during the campaign season. As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign of behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office and has an obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university's tax-exempt status.

While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. No one should identify himself or herself as an employee of IIT when supporting a candidate. If, when speaking or writing on behalf of a candidate, someone is identified as an IIT faculty member or other employee, the individual should indicate prior to any speech or as part of any writing that the comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of IIT. Further, no individual or event may use the name, symbols or resources of the university to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.

Specific examples of impermissible activities include, but are not limited to (i) using university letterhead, campus mail, telephones or IIT email accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate or otherwise engage in political activity; (ii) using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and (iii) putting campaign posters on university property.

Until the general election in November 2012, no political candidate may use or rent any IIT facilities on any of its campuses. Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events hosted by the university or a unit of the university. However, no invitation for such an event should be extended without the extending party first discussing the proposed activity with the General Counsel's Office to ensure that it complies with applicable laws.

Certain voter education activities, including voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, are permissible but only if they are undertaken in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and are conducted in a non-partisan manner. Again, before any such activities are undertaken, the initiating party should contact the General Counsel's Office.

Any questions about this policy should be directed to the General Counsel's office (7-3006).

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