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 2016 link under the Grades and Rank heading.
Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 16. 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 17 (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 the Ventra 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 2017 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials.
A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2017 courses will be posted on Friday, January 6
. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2017 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 2017 Schedule and Registration.
The registration system reopened on Friday, December 2, 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, January 31, at 11:00pm. The final Spring 2017 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available on the Spring 2017 Quick Guide page
•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts.
Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 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 2017 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2017,
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 2016 Final Exams.
•Exam Schedule and Exam Number.
The final exam schedule is available here
. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students
account and navigate to "Fall 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there, as are room assignments for fixed exams.
•Exam Types and Distribution.
There are three types of exams:
: First-year courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).
Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16
). You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam. You do not need to preschedule the exam time.
Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows:
-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm
Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am
No exams are given on Sunday
These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.
You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest. SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam. Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.
When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).
Take Home Exams:
Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office. In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office. Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around 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 - 6:00pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's office.
•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.
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 one 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/Tablets 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 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.
•Exams on Computer.
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: