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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of May 11, 2015
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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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 3 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on Monday, May 18 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. 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 2015 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 2015 Grade Submissions.
 Spring grades are due no later than four weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, four weeks from the last day of the exam period. All Spring grades should be in by Friday, June 12. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2015 link under the Grades and Rank heading. Note to Spring graduates: We have an earlier internal deadline for submission of graduating student grades. Although we do not have most graduating senior grades until after Commencement (even if you participate in the Commencement ceremony, your graduation is contingent on successful completion of all of your Spring courses), we will have your grades in time to submit Illinois bar certificates for you.

Notice About U-Passes.
 As the Spring semester winds down, we would like to make you aware of how the U-Pass will work over the Summer.

Do not discared your U-Pass Ventra card. You will continue to use your current card until you graduate.

The last day of Spring U-Pass activation will be Friday, May 15 (the last day of exams). This is the last day that you will be able to use your card with the Spring unlimited rides privilege.

If you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. 

If you are a full-time student and do not register for the Summer term (and you are not graduating), your unlimited ride privileges will not be reactivated until the start of the Fall semester.

During breaks from school, you may continue to use your Ventra card if you add value to the card. You will be charged the regular fare amount. Please note: We have been informed that your Ventra card will continue to work during school breaks even if you do not add value to the card, but you will accrue a negative balance on your account. This can happen without your being aware of it. If you accrue a negative balance, the CTA will not activate your card for the next term until you pay off the balance.

Notice About Student Health Insurance. All students registered for at least one credit hour in the Fall semester (including intersession classes listed on the Fall schedule; but not including Incomplete make-ups) will automatically be billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. (Please note that this is a change from the university’s prior policy, under which students were automatically enrolled in the insurance plan only if they were enrolled for 12 or more credits.)

The cost for the 2015-2016 academic year will be $1,439 for individual coverage (please contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550 for information about family coverage). You may waive insurance coverage if you have comparable coverage by filing a waiver form online at http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance between June 1, 2015 and September 1, 2015. IIT requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. The waiver process goes directly through Aetna Student Health Insurance. (Please note: If you are on an F1 or J1 visa, you will not be permitted to waive the IIT health insurance.) If you do not waive coverage by September 1, 2015, you will be billed for the insurance. For more information about the plan, including waivers, go to http://web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance or call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550.

Spring 2015 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

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.

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) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach me, 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. 

•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
Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

Please note: Take-home exams must be picked up and returned in person. You may not have a friend pick up or return an exam for you, and you may not submt a take-home exam to the Registrar by email.

•Consulting Laptops/Tablet Computers During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device 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.

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.

Exams Method Notices. 

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These 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 ITS department'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.

Proposed Code of Conduct Revisions. Pursuant to changes in the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Law School revised its Code of Conduct last year to comply with the VAWA's requirements that schools prohibit certain specified categories of sexual misconduct; provide definitions of those offenses, and the definition of consent, consistent with applicable provisions of federal and state law; and institute certain procedural provisions in cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct.

In response to final federal regulations issued by the Department of Education pursuant to the VAWA amendments, the Law School faculty will be considering certain revisions to the Code of Conduct changes made last year. In addition, in response to other guidance provided by the Department of Education in interpreting the federal Title IX statute, the faculty will consider whether to change the standard of proof (from clear and convincing evidence to preponderance of the evidence) for violations of some or all of the offenses listed in the Code of Conduct. A list of the proposals that will be considered by the faculty is available by clicking here. Any students who wish to submit comments on the proposals should submit them to Dean Sowle by Monday, May 11.

Summer 2015 Term Information.

•Loyola/DePaul Exchange. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. 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 for the Summer 2015 term; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Tuesday, June 2, 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through June 2. If you drop a class after that date, you will not receive a tuition refund. Go to the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link) for links to the Summer schedule and Registration Bulletin.

•Classroom Assignments. A version of the Summer schedule that includes classroom assignments will be posted next week on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide page.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer courses is available on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide pagePlease note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor. Even if a course is not listed, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore.

•Pass/Fail Elections. The online form for Summer pass/fail elections will be posted next week. 

•U-Passes for Summer Term. As noted above (see "Notice About U-Passes"), if you are a full-time student and register for at least one class during the Summer term, you will receive U-Pass privileges for the Summer term. Your unlimited rides privilege will start on Tuesday, May 26, and end on Wednesday, July 22. These starting and ending dates for the Summer term apply even if you are taking the intersession class (Strategic Problem-Solving and the Law) and even if you are taking a class that starts earlier, or ends later, than the normal Summer term dates (Business Organizations, Property, Criminal Law, and International Intensive Trial Advocacy). Please read the notice above about using your Ventra card during breaks from school.

Fall 2015 Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Tuesday, May 5 for students to see what Fall classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Friday, September 4, at 11:50pm.

The final Fall 2015 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay (for the print copies, the schedule and the grids are attached to the Registration Bulletin).

Schedule Changes/Additions. 

The following course has been added to the Fall schedule:

Law of Data Privacy (192-51; 2 credits; Prof. Prewitt): Thurs. 6:00-7:50pm. Course description: The proliferation of electronic data recording personal information has prompted extensive legislative and enforcement activity at both the federal and state level. This course will provide an introduction to the principal federal statutes protecting consumer and patient data, data breach notification laws, enforcement by federal and state agencies, and current trends in class action data privacy litigation.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2015 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide 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 2015 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 2015 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 contct me by email no later than the end of the second week of the Fall semester, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•Pass/fail Limitations. There are three different types of pass/fail limitations: one for classes “elected” pass/fail; one for clinical classes; and one for overall number of pass/fail credits.

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6 credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on my section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 16 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) are exempt from this limitation.)

Overall pass/fail limitation: You may take no more than 19 credits total for all variety of pass/fail classes, including classes you elect pass/fail, clinic classes, and any other pass/fail-only classes. This limitation applies to courses taken with permission during the summer at other law schools (whether here or abroad), but does not apply to courses taken with permission at other law schools during the regular academic year.

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