of Academic Administration and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle
Week of December 14, 2015
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Happly Holidays! I wish all of you a joyous (and restful) holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you next month.
Accessing Your Grades. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2015 link under the Grades and Rank heading.
Academic Calendar for 2016-2017. The academic calendar for next academic year, as adopted by the faculty, is available here.
U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 18. Do not discard your Ventra card - you will continue to use the same card through graduation. Assuming you will be enrolled for the Spring semester, your card will become effective again on Tuesday, January 19 (the first day of the Spring semester). You may continue to use your Ventra card during the semester break, but you will need to add funds to the card (as with a regular Ventra card). Go to the CTA's Ventra site for more information on adding funds to your card. For more information about how theVentra U-Pass functions when school is out of session, go to the CTA's U-Pass site. If you have questions or problems, you may contact Ventra Customer Service at the CTA's Ventra site or by calling 877-669-8368.
The CTA has asked us to remind students that the U-Pass is to be used only by the student for whom it is issued. The card will be confiscated if anyone other than the person appearing in the U-Pass photo is using the card.
Spring 2016 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2016 courses will be posted on Thursday, January 7. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2016 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link.
You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over break. 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 Portal page.
Spring 2016 Schedule and Registration.
•Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Friday, December 4, for students to see what Spring 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 Tuesday, February 2, at 11:00pm.
The final Spring 2016 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2016 Quick Guide page.
•Changes to Schedule. Please note the following changes, corrections, addition, and cancellation. A revised version of the schedule incorporating these changes has been posted on the Spring 2016 Quick Guide page.
-Labor/Employment Class (266-81): This class will meet Wed. 3:00-3:55pm (not Wed. 4:00-4:55pm).
-Quantitative Methods for Lawyers (194-01): There will be no final exam in this class.
-Public Interest Law & Policy (464-81): LL.M. students may take this class only with permission of the professor.
-Role of the Judge (131-01): This class will meet Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:30pm (not 4:00-5:50pm).
Legal Writing 3 (1 credit): We have added an additional section, 431-82, meeting Wednesdays 4:00-5:50pm, taught by Prof. Norwell.
Health Care Law: This course has been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.
•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2016 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 Spring 2016 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 contact me by email no later than Friday, January 29, 2016, 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.
Fall 2015 Final Exams.
•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 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.
•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.
•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
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.
•Access to Computer Lab During Exams. Because we use the computer lab 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 lab is in use.
•Exam 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 Fall 2015 exams.
- The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2015.
- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
- Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and El Capitan are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
- 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.
Joke of the Week. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack. One hat said to the other, "You stay here, I'll go on a head."