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Happy Holidays! I wish all of you a joyous (and restful) holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you next month.

Accessing Your Grades. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2012 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Spring 2013 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2013 courses will be posted no later than Monday, January 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2013 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring 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 Portal page.

Spring 2013 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Spring 2013 classes closed on December 4. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 7, 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 Spring add/drop period, which will extend through the end of the second week of Spring classes. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. The final Spring 2013 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2013 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2013 schedule.

Canceled Class:
-Agency Law (277-51): This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.
-Immigration Law & Policy (304-01): This day section will not be offered. The evening section, which meets Wed. 7:35-9:25pm, will go forward. (Please note that the evening section is 2 credits, not 3.)

New Class:
-Low Wage Workers (919-51): This seminar has been added to the Spring schedule. It will meet on Tues. 6:00-7:50pm. Preference will be given to students in the Labor & Employment Certificate Program.

Other Changes/Corrections:
-Business Legislation Practicum (153-01): This class was listed with a meeting time of Tues. 4:00-4:55pm. The class is now listed with time TBA. Professor Hablutzel will work with registered students to find a meeting time consistent with the rest of the students' schedules.
-International Design Law (135-01): The daily meeting schedule for this intersession class has been modified somewhat. The class will meet during Spring Break (March 18-March 22), as previously listed, but will meet each day as follows: 9:00-12:00 noon and 1:00-4:00pm each day, except Friday, when the class will meet only 9:00-12:00 noon.
-Labor/Employment Considerations for Startups: The instructor for this courses was listed as TBA. It will be taught by Marsha Ross-Jackson.
-Public Interest Law & Policy: The exam will be a take-home.

•Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law will again permit students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students in the Spring semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2013 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 Spring 2013 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 contact me by email no later than Friday, February 1, 2013, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Fall 2012 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You can find your personal exam schedule by logging into Web for Students and navigating to the Fall 2012 link under the Schedule heading (it appears below your academic schedule for the semester). You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

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. 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:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

•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 will email information to all students about the procedures for doing this. You may also find this information at http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/current-students/information-technology/examsEven 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 at the last minute that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops 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.

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