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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Weeks of July 6 and July 13, 2015
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Reparations Clinic. [From Prof. Coyne:] Students entering their third year are being offered a unique opportunity to participate in the City of Chicago’s acknowledgment and redress efforts for acts of torture committed by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates. The “Reparations for Burge Torture Victims” Ordinance calls for an independent third party to determine eligibility for reparations for individuals who have not previously filed a claim with the City. Professor Daniel Coyne has been appointed to fill that role and is organizing a single semester clinic section for the purpose of receiving, evaluating, investigating, and determining eligibility for reparations for claims of torture that have not previously been raised.  Student involvement would include, but is not limited to, interviewing claimants, witnesses, factual research, document retrieval and review, claim analysis and drafting of preliminary findings. While the work of the clinic would begin in the near future, the majority of the work would be completed in the Fall 2015 semester, and thus credit for the course would be awarded for Fall 2015. Students should possess outstanding organizational, critical thinking and writing skills. To view the Resolution, Ordinance, FAQ’s and related documents regarding the claim process, please click here.

Spring 2015 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 Sprig 2015 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 in the Fall for all 2014-2015 CALI Award winners; certificates will be distributed at that time.

Spring 2015 Class Ranks.
Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2015 semester, and Spring 2015 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students (click on the Spring 2015 link under Grades and Rank in the left-hand menu). Students who graduated in the Fall or last Summer will find their final class rank under the Fall 2014 or Summer 2014 links. Class ranks are based on cumulative (not just Spring semester) GPA. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2015 semester are available by clicking here

Note to Spring graduates: For J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank. Graduating students should wait until later this week if they wish to request transcripts reflecting their class rank and/or graduation honors, as the Registrar's office is in the process of entering the information.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you are a first-year full-time student, the cumulative GPA for you in Web for Students includes all of your coursework through the end of the Spring semester. However, as previously announced, class ranks were determined by excluding Legislation or any elective course taken, in order to ensure that all first-year full-time students were assessed on a common set of courses. Likewise, probation and dismissal decisions, eligibility for Law Review, and eligibility for merit scholarships are based on first-year performance excluding Legislation or any elective course taken.

Summer 2015 Pass/Fail Revocations. The deadline for revoking pass/fail for all elective Summer courses, except Business Organizations, is Thursday, July 16, at 5:00pm. The deadline for revoking pass/fail for Business Organizations is Thursday, July 30, at 5:00pm. (Please contact me if you wish to revoke pass/fail for Business Organization after July 16, as we will have to process your revocation manually.)

Summer 2015 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule.

•Exam Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice 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.

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 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.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Information about accessing old exams is available by clicking here.

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. 

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2015.

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