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Week of August 22, 2005

Welcome New Students!
Excited? Nervous? Confused? A bit of each? The beginning of law school can be an exciting (and scary) time. If you are experiencing any of these feelings or have a question for which you just can't find the answer, stop by the Office of Student Services. As the Director of Student Services, I meet with students for a variety of reasons, including academic and personal guidance, disability accommodations, administrative concerns, and just general questions. You don't need to make an appointment, just stop by the office, room 310A, email me at, or call (312)906-5247.

Also, be sure to check out the Student Services Website. The site contains a great deal of information and resources to help you in law school.

New Location for the Office of Student Services
The Office of Student Services is now located in room 310A, towards the front of the Alumnae/i Affairs & Development Suite. Please stop by if you need information or have any questions.

Fall 2005 U-Pass Distribution
U-Passes have arrived! All students who are considered full-time and in the day division automatically receive CTA's U-Pass discount cards. U-Passes will be distributed on Monday, August 22, from 11:00am - 2:00pm in the Front Lobby.

For more information about the U-Pass program, please visit CTA's U-Pass website or Kent's U-Pass FAQ.

Lactation / Milk Expression Room Available
If you are a student needing this facility and would like more information, please contact Jamie Lake, Director of Student Services, at or (312) 906-5247.

Mentor Program Update
The 2005 Mentor Program will officially begin later this week. If you signed up to be a mentor or to receive a mentor, keep an eye out for an email with your match.

Important Health Insurance Announcements
Student Health Insurance for 2005-06
IIT has selected Chickering as the provider of the student health insurance plan. The cost for an individual student to have insurance from August 15, 2005 - August 14, 2006 will be $885. All new students should have received health insurance information earlier this summer, but continuing students may not have gotten it yet. If you have not received a plan brochure in the mail yet, you can visit to see the 2005-06 Brochure.

Enrolling in Health Insurance
All students registered for at least 12 credit hours are automatically enrolled in and billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. All full-time and part-time J-1 and F-1 international students are automatically enrolled in student health insurance. Intensive Trial Advocacy: If you are enrolled in either the August or January sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy, those credits are added to your fall semester hours. If enrolling in Intensive Trial Advocacy gives you 12 or more credit hours for the fall semester, then you be billed for student health insurance. Incompletes: If you are planning on making up Incompletes during the semester, those credits will not count in your credit hours for determining whether you will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan.

Students registered for fewer than 12 credit hours, whether in the Day or Evening Division, are not automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. These students can elect to obtain coverage by submitting an enrollment form by September 2, 2005. Enrollment requests can be submitted online at The Chickering Group does not accept applications for enrollment from students.

Getting Enrollments Processed Early
If you want to receive your insurance card earlier or, for continuing students, if you want to avoid an apparent gap in coverage, please contact Melody Jack at by August 22, 2005. Please include your student ID number in your email to Ms. Jack. Chicago-Kent recommends that all automatically enrolled students and those who elect coverage submit an email to Ms. Jack to help facilitate getting their insurance cards earlier. (Students who have already contacted Ms. Jack have had their enrollments submitted to Chickering.) If students do not contact Ms. Jack by August 22, their enrollments will go through standard processing and they will receive insurance cards by the middle of October.

Waiving Health Insurance
Domestic students may waive health insurance coverage if the student presents evidence of other health insurance coverage under a plan that provides benefits equal to or greater than the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students must present evidence of coverage and complete a waiver form by September 2, 2005. Waiver forms are available at

If you have waived student health insurance in a prior semester, you do not need to submit another waiver. Once you have successfully waived health insurance, you are considered waived for your time at Chicago-Kent unless you elect coverage.

To ensure all international students meet the Federal Visa Insurance Requirements, coverage is mandatory for all full-time and part-time J-1 and F-1 international students. Waivers will only be granted to those international students who have health insurance coverage through a US-based employer; who have health insurance coverage through their home country embassy; or for J-1 students whose DS-2019 was issued by an outside agency (e.g., Fulbright) and can show proof of insurance through their sponsoring agency.

New Online Tool
All students in enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan will have access Navigator, Chickering’s new online tool. Insured students can view claims activity, request ID cards, research prescription drug prices, find Preferred Providers, and access wellness information. You can find the Navigator at

Dental Discount Program
In addition to the Student Health Insurance Plan, students will have the option of purchasing an option dental discount program, Vital Savings. The cost of Vital Savings is $25. Program details and enrollment information can be found at

Enrolling Dependents
Dependent enrollment is managed directly by Chickering. You can find information and the required forms at by selecting “Enrollment Forms.” Unlike Student Health Insurance, the premiums for dependent coverage are not added to your tuition bill and must be paid directly to Chickering.

Checking Your Enrollment Status
Those of you enrolled in the student health insurance plan will receive your insurance cards by the middle of October. Please verify that you have been enrolled prior to receiving this card by either calling IIT Student Health Center at (312) 808-7100 or checking your account to make sure that you have been charged for student health insurance.

Health Insurance FAQ
Are you still feeling confused about student health insurance? Then visit the Student Health Insurance FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions about IIT's student health insurance plan.


Other Helpful Links:
Academic Support Program
Law School Survival Guide
Student Health Insurance FAQ
U-Pass Information


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