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FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 14, 2009

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).

As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).†If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5005 so that we can stay in touch with you about coursework and other matters.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. †
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you donít have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.† Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering. †
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. In particular, if you are at higher risk for flu complications from H1N1, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for H1N1 complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institutionís strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.


Finals Events
Research suggests that you should take frequent breaks while you study. For example, some experts claim that the average person can only concentrate for about 50 minutes. After that, your ability to learn and retain information declines. For every hour that you study, you should treat yourself to a 10 minute break. We're here to help!

Finals Coffee Hour Breaks
Student Lounge, 5th Floor
December 14 at 5:00 pm
December 16 at 8:00 am
December 18 at 5:00 pm
December 21 at 5:00 pm

Winter Exam Raffles
Exam period is a stressful time of the year. This year, from December 7-21, 2009 the Office of Student Services is sponsoring the Winter Exams Raffles. Each day, when you enter the Library, you can enter your name into the drawing. The Library staff will draw the winning names.

Drawings will be held daily at
6:00pm (Mon.-Thurs.) and
4:00pm (Fri.-Sun.),
you do not need to be present to win

The following offices have donated prizes: The Library, Office of Student Services, Admissions, Career Services and the Cafeteria. This yearís prizes include Chicago-Kent t-shirts; computer bags; movie passes; and gift certificates ranging in value from $5 - $25 to the DTC cafeteria, Starbucks, Best Buy, Borders, and other local stores and restaurants. Prizes will be claimed from room 310a.


Student health insurance information: SPRING ENROLLMENT AND WAIVER INFORMATION

Spring Health Insurance Enrollment Period
If you were not enrolled in student health insurance this fall, you can now enroll for the spring. Spring health insurance costs $508 for the coverage period of January 9 - August 13, 2010. This cost will be added to your spring semester fees. Please submit an online enrollment form by January 26, 2010. (The spring enrollment form should be put online this week.) Please save a copy of the enrollment form confirmation for your records. For more information about the student health insurance plan, please visit IIT's Student Health Center website or the Health Insurance FAQ. Students can also enroll in student health insurance by emailing Melody Jack at jack@iit.edu. When emailing Ms. Jack, please include your CWID.

Waiving/Canceling Health Insurance for the Spring
Any student (day or evening division) enrolled for 12 or more credits in the spring, will be automatically enrolled in student health insurance. If you have your own insurance coverage, you can waive student health insurance by completing the online waiver form by January 26, 2009. If you previously waived student health insurance, the waiver will remain on your account indefinitely unless you re-enrolled in the plan after you submitted that waiver. If you are on a F1 or J1 visa, you cannot waive student health insurance.If you were enrolled in student health insurance in the fall and no longer want the coverage either because you have another insurance plan or are now registered for less than 12 credits, you can cancel student health insurance for the spring by contacting Melody Jack at jack@iit.edu by January 26, 2010. You will receive a refund on your account for the spring.


Academic Resource Library

The Office of Student Services maintains a small resource library of study aids and other materials for first year classes, including Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Justice, Property, and Torts. Students can borrow materials for a three-day period. This is a great way to preview a study aid before you buy it or do a quick review for a class. If you are interested in borrowing a book or flashcards, please see Jenna Abhijeet in Room 310a.

Click here for a list of Subject areas and Book titles


CTA Upass Information

Fall U-Pass Activation Period
Fall '09 U-Pass cards will remain valid through Monday, December 21, 2009, the last day of final exams. If you have problems with your pass before this date, please see Frequently Asked Questions about the U-Pass or the CTA U-Pass website.

Spring U-Pass Distribution
All day division students who are considered full-time for the Spring 2010 semester will receive a U-Pass, which provides unlimited rides on the CTA from January 19 - May 14, 2010. Status as a full-time student is determined by your official division status, and not be the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester. If you qualify for a U-Pass and want to obtain it during the first available distribution, you must be registered for spring classes by 5:00pm on December 30, 2009.

Spring U-Pass distribution will begin a few days prior to the start of spring semester classes. The exact times and locations for Spring U-Pass Distribution will be announced in the Record and an email sent during Winter Break. Students will only be permitted to pick up their own U-Pass cards.If you are not registered as a full-time, day division student by December 30, 2009, you have a financial hold on your account on that date, or you do not have an ID picture on file in the Registrar's Office by that date, you will not receive a U-Pass during the initial distribution period. Students who qualify for the U-Pass after December 30 or were not included in the initial spring U-Pass request sent to CTA will have passes ordered for them in January.

Replacement Upass Information

Lost or Stolen: If you lose your U-Pass or it is stolen, you need to go to CTAHeadquarters at 567 West Lake Street, 2nd Floor. Replacement cards cost $35.00 (cash, credit card, or money order only) and you will need to bring a valid Chicago-Kent student ID card. Replacement passes are sent to Chicago-Kent five to seven days after you apply. You will be notified by email once it arrives. Please note: CTA will replace lostor stolen U-Pass cards only one time per academic year.

On a Bus: If your U-Pass is captured in bus equipment, the bus operator will ask you to complete a customer service card and allow you to ride free. If needed, a free transfer will be provided. You must bring the customer service card, along with your valid Chicago-Kent student ID card, to CTA Headquarters at 567 West Lake Street, 2nd Floor to apply for a replacement. Replacement passes are sent to Chicago-Kent five to sevendays after you apply. You will be notified by email once it arrives. If you fail to get he customer service card, it can take up to two weeks to replace your U-Pass.

On the El: If your U-Pass is captured in rail station equipment, locate a customer assistant and inform him or her of your problem. The customer assistant will have you omplete a fare discrepancy report (FDR) and issue you a free transit card valued at 3.60. You must bring a copy of the FDR, along with your valid Chicago-Kent student ID card, to CTA Headquarters at 567 West Lake Street, 2nd Floor to apply for a replacement. Replacement passes are sent to Chicago-Kent five to seven days after you apply. You will be notified by email once it arrives. If you fail to get the FDR, it can take up to two weeks to replace your U-Pass.

You can find more information about the U-Pass at CTA's U-Pass Website or Kent's U-pass FAQ.


Additional Information

Counseling Services: IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays throughout the academic year. She will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.


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

 

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