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 accounts: Your 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.
•Student Health Insurance. If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2015.
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.
Changes to Academic Regulations. The Law School faculty, at its May 12 meeting, adopted the following changes to the Law School's academic regulations, effective with the Summer 2015 term:
*Students who take a class pass/fail are now eligible to receive the CALI Award for the class.
*The following specialized Professional Responsibility classes are exempt from the mandatory curve: Ethics and Advocacy; Practice and Professionalism; and Professional Responsibility: Business Ethics.
*The 16-credit limit on taking clinical courses and externships has been increased to 24 credits.
*The cap of 19 credits on all variety of pass/fail credits has been eliminated.
*Part-time students may now take up to 13 credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring) without special permission. If you are a part-time student and wish to take 12 or 13 credits in the Fall, please contact Dean Sowle to have your maximum credits adjusted in the system (we will need to make this adjustment manually for the Fall, as part-time students were already coded for 11 credits maximum prior to the rule change).
*Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may now work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are still prohibited from working more than 20 hours a week if they take 14 or more credits. Full-time first-year students are prohibted from working more than 20 hours a week even if they take 13 or fewer credits (e.g., full-time summer-start students, who take only 13 credits in the Fall, are still limited to working no more than 20 hours a week).
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, at its May 12 meeting, considered and approved certain revisions to the Code of Conduct changes made last year. The revisions are available by clicking here.
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