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Fall 2014 CALI Awards. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Fall 2014 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement. There will be a luncheon early next Fall for all 2014-2015 CALI Award winners; certificates will be distributed at that time.

Fall 2014 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2014 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2014" link under "Grades and Rank" on the lefthand menu). Please note:Class ranks are calculated only for students who have been at Chicago-Kent for at least two semesters. First-year students, and students who transferred into Chicago-Kent at the start of the Fall 2014 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2015 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2014 semester are available by clicking here.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 16, 5:00pm. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Awards: Call for Nominations. [From the IIT Office of Spiritual Life, Diversity, and Service:] The Office of Spiritual Life, Diversity, and Service is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Sheldon H. Nahmod Civil Rights Awards. No other IIT member embraces the immediacy of the civil rights movement quite like Sheldon H. Nahmod, a professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. His amazing work in supporting civil rights inspires us all. As a result, we would like to honor members of the Illinois Institute of Technology Community who are working to positively impact their communities and effect change.

Eligibility is limited to current members of the IIT community — students, student organizations, IPROs, faculty, and staff. You can read more about eligibility and nomination criteria here. The following categories are open to students, student organizations, IPROs, faculty and staff:

Social Action
This award recognizes outstanding commitment to the promotion of positive change and development has had a progressive impact on their community.

Social Justice
This award honors and spotlights those who continuously and effectively fight inequality within their schools and community.

This award is given to those who envision and work toward implementing change by breaking down barriers of race, class, gender, and sexuality and that promotes unity through diversity.

To nominate a student, student organization, IPRO, faculty or staff member, please fill out this form. Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, February 12. Please contact Lynne Meyer, director of diversity, spiritual life, and service, at with any questions.

Cost of Living Survey: Student Input Requested. [From the Chicago-Kent Office of Financial Aid:] Please help the Office of Financial Aid by completing this confidential survey to determine how much living expense funds a student may receive. It is important that we receive all student input by February 10th so that financial aid applicants can receive the most accurate Cost of Attendance budget for the 2015-2016 academic year. The information provided will be used in conjunction with other sources to determine the average cost of each budget item. The cost of attendance budget is comprised of tuition and living expenses. Students cannot receive financial aid over the cost of attendance budget. That is why completing this survey is very important. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Joke of the week. A guy shows up late for work. The boss yells, "You should have been here at 8:30!" The guy replies, "Why? What happened at 8:30?"


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