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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 4, 2013
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Flu Shots. IIT Student Health Services will give flu shots at the Law School for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, November 13, from 3:30-6:30 pm, in Rm. C20. Shots will cost $20. You may pay by cash or check (made out to Illinois Institute of Technology), or you can prepay on the Student Health Services web site by clicking here. Any student who has the IIT Aetna Student Health Insurance does not need to pay for the flu shot.

Change of Division Requests: October 24 - November 4. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Spring semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. Please note: Students may not switch divisions until they have completed their first year. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm.

Fall 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.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: October 24 – November 4. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Exam Method Registration: October 24 - November 4.Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to handwrite the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop unless you submit an Exam Method form. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to handwrite the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. If you choose the lab computer option but there are not enough spaces available, we will conduct a lottery after the close of the exam method registration period to determine who can use the lab computers. (This usually is not necessary, but occasionally we have more requests than we can accommodate for lab computers.)

If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab computer, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, October 24; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Monday, November 4, at 5:00 pm.

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. 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. This includes first-year students who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 to Mac Users: SofTest currently does not support the new OS X Mavericks operating system. Although that could change by the time exams start, we recommend that you defer updating to Mavericks until after exams if you wish to use your laptop for exams.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. 

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 520). Although the programs aremainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page

Spring 2014 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2014 preliminary schedule is linked to this pagePlease note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2013 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule early in the week of November 18.

Joke of the week. A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After a while, the hotel manager came out and asked them to leave, explaining, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer." 


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