Office of the Dean:
News & announcements from Dean Perritt for the week of
February 26, 2001

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Academic Standards Litigation

You may have read about litigation pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County challenging the dismissal of a student for failure to meet Chicago-Kent's academic standards. The lawsuit draws into question one element of the Law School's strategy to improve student quality: the tightening of academic disqualification standards from a cumulative GPA of 2.1 to 2.3. This policy change accompanied the decision to downsize (to admit about 100 fewer students per year) and to add resources to our Academic Empowerment Program, which provides special assistance to students having difficulty or at risk of having difficulty.

On Thursday, 22 February, Judge Billik denied a TRO requiring reinstatement of the plaintiff, observing, according to press reports, that the School had reserved the power to change its requirements, that the student had been given notice of the consequences of failing to meet the standard, and that the School had not been arbitrary. A scheduling conference will be held on Monday, 26 February, and we expect a preliminary injunction hearing to follow in due course.

We have consistently applied the revised academic standard. The University's position is that it is important that we defend successfully our decisions to tighten our academic standards and our strategy to improve student quality - and therefore the value of a Chicago-Kent degree.

 

Dean Henry H. Perritt, Jr.


Archive Links:  Previous Announcements from Dean Perritt

Week of February 5, 2001

  • Dean Perritt's Geneva Trip

Week of January  29, 2001

  • Meeting of the National Research Council
  • World Intellectual Property Forum
Week of January 22, 2001
  • Jodie Bernstein, Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection will speak on Monday, January 22
Week of January 15, 2001
  • Dean Perritt's Books
Week of December 11, 2000
  • Lori Andrews' Promotion
  • Carnivore Report
  • Dean Perritt's Article
Week of October 30, 2000
  • Centennial Visitor Stanley Katz
  • Ukrainian Visitor
  • Wisconsin Bar Results
  • Fall Lecture Event 
Week of October 16, 2000
  • Dean Perritt's Presentation at the 2000 ABA Administrative Law Conference
  • Richard Wright's Law Review Article
  • Pristina Law Faculty Visit Chicago-Kent
Week of October 2, 2000
  • Speaking Engagement for Dean Perritt
  • Fred Bosselman's New Book
  • Carnivore System
Week of September 18, 2000
  • Speaking Engagement for Claire Hill
  • Speaking Engagement for Dean Perritt
  • Meeting That Dean Perritt Attended
Week of September 4, 2000
  • Welcome Letter to Students
Week of May 22, 2000
 
 

Week of May 8, 2000

  • Same information as May 1, 2000. 
Week of May 1, 2000
  • 14th Annual Scholarship Luncheon
  • Presentation Given By Dean Perritt and Margaret Stewart
Week of April 24, 2000
  • Justice Web Collaboratory Advisory Board Meeting
  • The Future of Public Sector Labor Management Relations Conference
  • Chicago Database Summit
  • General Augusto Pinochet
Week of April 17, 2000
  • State Death Penalty Litigation Project
Week of April 10, 2000
  • Independent International Commission Meeting
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Case
  • Global Law and Policy Initiative Lecture
Week of April 3, 2000
  • Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Joan Steinman
  • Morris Lecture featuring Professor Patrick Glenn
  • E-Lawyering:  Lawyers Serving Society Through Technology Conference
Week of March 27, 2000
  • Same as week of March 20, 2000
Week of March 20, 2000
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Professor Bart Brown
Week of March 13, 2000
  • International Travel
  • Third Annual State of the Law School Address
Week of March 6, 2000
  • Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture
  • Justice Anne Burke 
Week of February 28, 2000
  • Illinois Appellate Court Visit
  • Institute for Law and the Workplace Event
  • International War Crimes Documentation IPRO Team
Week of February 21, 2000
  • American Red Cross
  • Chicago-Kent's Downsizing Initiative
Week of February 14, 2000
  • DuPage Country Bar Association
  • Dean Perritt's Remarks for January Open House
Week of February 7, 2000
  • Balarus Delegation Reception
  • Hague on Private International Law
Week of January 31, 2000
  • Professor Bart Brown's Membership to the Council on Foreign Relations
Week of January 24, 2000
  • Chicago-Kent Alumnus Argues Before the Supreme Court
Week of January 17, 2000
  • Ukraine/Kosovo Trip
  • Internet Conference in Lublin
  • AALS Annual Conference
  • Zia Hassan's Departure
  • Mickie Voges' Position Change
Week of November 22, 1999
  • Chicago-Kent receives grant
Week of November 15, 1999
  • Program on Gun Control
  • Talk on Human Rights in Cuba
  • Talk on Establishing the Rule of Law in Kosovo
Week of November 8, 1999
  • Distinguished Professor Lecture
  • Center for Law and Computers
  • Russian Professor Visits Chicago-Kent
Week of November 1, 1999
  • 22nd Annual Derivatives and Commodities Law Institute Program
  • Kosovo/Albania Trip
Week of October 25, 1999
  • "Well Founded Fear" Event
  • Student Bar Association Meeting
Week of October 18, 1999
  • Workshop on Promoting the Use of Electronic Payments
Week of October 11, 1999
  • Meeting with JD/MBA Students
  • Polish Visitors
Week of October 4, 1999
  • Luncheon for LL.M. Students
  • Security Provisions
Week of September 27, 1999
  • Orientation Speech to First Year Students
Week of September 20, 1999 - (No new information available)

Week of September 13, 1999

  • Dean Perritt and Professor Stewart Participate in Workshop
Week of September 6, 1999 - (No new information available)

Week of August 30, 1999

  • Welcome Letter to Returning Students
  • Law House
Week of August 16, 1999
  • Letter to First Year Students
Week of May 3, 1999
  • Bart Brown's Presentation
  • The Alumni Luncheon
  • Tasha Kincade -- new arrival and maternity leave
Week of April 26, 1999
  • Chicago-Kent Receives Gift
  • Faculty Scholarship
Week of April 19, 1999
  • American Red Cross
  • Award Announcements
Week of April 12, 1999 - (No new information available)

Week of March 22, 1999

  • Operation Kosovo team in Albania
Week of March 15, 1999
  • In Memoriam:  Dr. Rowine Brown Truitt '61
  • In Memoriam:  William F. Zacharias, Professor of Law
Week of March 8, 1999
  • Dean Perritt's Travels To Central Europe
Week of March 1, 1999 (No new information available)

Week of February 22, 1999

  • International Travel Itinerary for Dean Perritt
Week of February 8 and 15, 1999
  • Second Annual State of the Law School Address
Week of February 1, 1999
  • Strategies for Excellence:  Law as a Profession 1999
  • Workshop on the International Criminal Court and U.S. National Security
  • Kosovo and Albania Trips
Week of January 18, 1999
  • Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting
Week of December 7, 1998
  • Esther Rothstein
  • Soros Open Society Foundation Grant
  • Alumnus Gift
Week of November 30, 1998
  • Dean Perritt Appointed to Advisory Commission on Internet Privacy
Week of November 23, 1998
  • Illinois State Bar Association Award
  • Newly Appointed Distinguished Professors
Week of November 16, 1998
  • Workshop on Genetic Susceptibility to Environmental Contamination
Week of November 9, 1998
  • Project Bosnia IPRO Installs Ministry of Justice Database Server
  • Assistant Dean for Career Services and Alumnae/i Relations
Week of November 2, 1998 (No new information available)

Week of October 26, 1998

  • Illinois Commerce Commission Relationship
  • Judicial Ratings Available
Week of October 19, 1998
  • 21st Annual Commodities and Derivatives Law Conference 
  • NCAIR Grant 
Week of October 12, 1998
  • Update on Jacob Corre' 
  • New Graduation Date 
Week of October 5, 1998
  • Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences 
  • Committee on Global Networks and Local Values 
  • Presentation to the Great Lakes Supreme Court Justices 
  • Jacob Corre's Condition 
  • Dean's Office Seeks Research Assistant 
Week of September 28, 1998
  • Meeting with Albanian Ambassador to the United States 
  • Meeting with Counselor for Legal Affairs of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China 
Week of September 21, 1998
  • Illinois Bar Association Award for Project Bosnia 
  • Jacob Corre' 
  • Operation Kosovo Web Site 
Week of September 14, 1998
  • Meeting with Vice President for Information Technology at Northwestern University 
  • Meeting with Incoming President of the Chicago Bar Association 
Week of September 7, 1998
  • Chicago Tribune Coverage 
  • New Member of Chicago-Kent's Board of Overseers 
  • ISLAT/AFB Tour and Dinner 
Week of August 31, 1998
  • David Gerber's Reception 
  • First Meeting of Project Bosnia IPRO 
  • Discussions with Bosnia Refugee Group 
Week of August 24, 1998
  • Two Faculty Members Visit China 
  • ABA Jurisdiction Project 
  • New Appointments in Student Services 
Week of August 17, 1998
  • Creating and building momentum: keeping Chicago-Kent a law school ahead of the times 

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