Have a Nice Summer! Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. For those who are graduating this semester, 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.
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: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 5 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: With the transition to Google Apps for Education, your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so.
•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Thursday, 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.
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 2013 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.
Spring 2013 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.
•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by clicking here. 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 Dean Sowle (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/exams. 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 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.
Summer 2013 Term Information.
•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Tuesday, June 4, 11:50pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 4. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.
•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments is available on the Summer 2013 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer '13 link).
•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2013 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer '13 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.
•Pass/Fail Elections. The online form for Summer pass/fail elections will be posted next week.
•U-Passes for Summer Term. U-Passes will be distributed for the Summer term for all full-time students who are registered for at least one Summer class. The U-Pass will be effective starting Tuesday, May 28 through Wednesday, July 24 (please note that this ending date applies for all full-time students registered for the Summer, including those taking Business Organizations, which extends beyond the normal end of the Summer term).
Fall 2013 Term Information.
•Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2013 classes closed last week. The registration system opened back up on Saturday, May 4, 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 on Monday, September 9, at 11:50pm. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may now do so.
•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2013 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '13 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.
Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 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 Fall 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 Monday, September 9, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.
Joke of the Week. Question: What do you call a 5-pound songbird in England? Answer: Two kilo mockingbird.