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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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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.

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.

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) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, 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. 

•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.

•Exam Method Notices.


Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. 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: 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.

Intensive Trial Advocacy: Additional Seats Added. We have added additional seats to the August session of Intensive Trial Advocacy. For more information about the course, please see the Intersession Courses page of the Fall 2015 schedule of classes, available on the Fall 2015 Quick Guide page.

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.

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola and DePaul.
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 Fall 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.

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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