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Academic Calendar Reminder. Due to Yom Kippur, classes are administratively canceled on Tuesday, September 22 (4:00 and after), and on Wednesday, September 23 (all day and evening).

ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program's second Fall workshop will address different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 7:35-8:30 pm (Rm. 165). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Family and Friends Day. This year's Family and Friends Day program will be held on Saturday, October 3, 9:00-12:45. The program gives parents, spouses, partners, siblings, children, and other important people in your life the opportunity to visit Chicago-Kent and get a taste of what you are experiencing as a student. The program will include mini-classes taught by Professors Heyman, Sowle, and Walters and a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team. The day will start with registration and continental breakfast at 9:00, and a welcome at 9:30. Mini-classes will be held from 9:45-10:30, followed by the mock trial at 10:45. Students and their guests will break out into mock juries following the trial, and will gather again at 12:30 for a discussion of the trial and concluding remarks. If you plan to attend, please register here no later than September 30.

Praxis Program Information Sessions and Fall Kick-Off Luncheon. Chicago-Kent's Praxis Certificate Program (see below for more information about the program) will be holding the following two events:

Praxis Certificate Information Sessions. Professor Maureen Aidasani will be holding information sessions for upper-class students interested in enrolling in the Praxis Certificate Program. All upper-class students with at least three semesters of study remaining are eligible to enroll. These optional information sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 22, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 510 and Monday, September 28, at 5:30 pm in Rm. 510. Refreshments will be served.

Praxis Certificate Fall Kick-Off Luncheon. The Praxis Program will be holding a complimentary luncheon on Tuesday, October 6, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 170. This luncheon is for all students currently enrolled in, or eligible students interested in enrolling in, the Praxis Certificate program. Ian Turvill, Chief Marketing Officer at Freeborn & Peters LLP, will lead an interactive workshop on the topic of defining career goals and designing a plan of action to meet them. Students will discuss how they can develop and markets skills and talents that will resonate with potential employers and put students on a path toward long-term success.

About the Praxix Certificate Program. The Praxis Certificate Program is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students will learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs, and enrollment does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all upper-class day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining. Click here for more information or to enroll online. Please contact Professor Aidasani (maidasan@kentlaw.iit.edu) if you have any questions.

Code of Conduct Change. The faculty voted at its September faculty meeting to revise the standard of proof in certain Code of Conduct changes in order to comply with guidance from the federal Department of Education concerning Title IX requirements, and the provisions of a new Illinois law that will take effect next year. The standard of proof for cases brought under the provisions of section 2-2(m) (sexual misconduct) will be preponderance of the evidence. Other cases will continue to be governed by the clear and convincing evidence standard.

Divvy Discount for Students. The university is offering a discounted student rate on the Divvy bike share program. The rate is $55 per year, which allows unlimited 30-minute rides from any Divvy station.

To sign-up:

1) Visit DivvyBikes.com/student and click on IIT.

2) Use your school email address for registration (ending in iit.eduhawk.iit.eduid.iit.edukentlaw.iit.edustuart.iit.eduvandercook.edushimer.edu)

3) Enter the special discount code “DivvyIIT” in the box marked “partner password.”

4) Get your key fob in the mail and you’re ready to ride.

Contact the Office of Campus Energy and Sustainability at campussustainability@iit.edu with any questions.

Reminder: Chicago-Kent also offers the CyCKles bicycle rental program; click here for information.

Fire Safety Reminders. In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

Please do not take time to gather up and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

Failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel during an evacuation may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

Joke of the Week. The first rule of Thesaurus Club is you don't talk about, mention, speak of, discuss or chat about Thesaurus Club.

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