Coronavirus

Sherman College is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The most recent campus announcements are listed below, with the newest messages at the top. We will continue to update employees and students via campus email. We encourage you to visit this page, monitor your email and watch our social channels (particularly our main Facebook page), for the latest information from Sherman College.

Members of our Sherman College community,

In an effort to share the most updated information during our current situation, here are the most important recent updates.

In Health,

Sherman College Leadership Team

 

Increasing On-Campus Practical Sessions for Summer Quarter 2020: At the end of the spring quarter, the college opened to accommodate live instruction for certain hands-on courses. We will continue scheduling these sessions for spring quarter classes, at the request of faculty members, for the first three weeks of the summer quarter. This will allow students who may have been out of town to receive some face-to-face practice with their course instructors from spring 2020. Beginning in week 4, the college will expand the availability of on-campus sessions to all practical courses and will re-open the anatomy lab. This is completely voluntary for students, and all arrangements for on-campus sessions will be made through the course instructors. Students will continue online learning during summer quarter using their college-issued iPads. Please monitor email and Schoology for the latest announcements.

July New Student Orientation:  Summer orientation will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction in order to acclimate our newest Sherman College students. Students will complete the majority of their orientation requirements online through a newly developed orientation course hosted on Schoology. More details are being made available to incoming students through Student Affairs.

Reopening Plan: Sherman College has released a phased reopening plan and has appointed Janice Fordree, D.C., as its campus reopening director. Employees and students have received a comprehensive document that outlines the details of each phase of reopening. The college will closely monitor state, local and national recommendations as it continues to plan for fall quarter.

Health Center Patients: The Sherman College Health Center is closed during summer break and will reopen on Tuesday, July 7, to provide chiropractic care to current patients. Patients should contact their interns directly to schedule appointments and be advised on appropriate health and safety protocols. Patients may also refer to the Alumni Directory to search for local Sherman graduates for care.

Gelardi Student Center Event Space: As we continue planning our phased return to campus, our highest priority remains the health, safety and security of our campus community. For these reasons, for the remainder of 2020, the college is restricting the use and function of its event space to accommodate events that support student success, including graduation and the potential need for additional space for classes and board reviews due to the ongoing requirement of social distancing. Events granted permission to host in the event space will follow the same protocols as the Health Center and Scallon Hall. We will continue to monitor the evolving landscape relative to COVID-19 and use the remainder of 2020 to determine the future use and function of the event space.

Graduation: The June commencement program has been postponed to September 19, 2020. In the meantime, the college launched an official graduation tribute video at https://youtu.be/ixIe7geI0xc. If you have questions about graduation, please email LaShanda Hutto-Harris.

Student Financial Support: Aimed at supporting students facing financial difficulties during this time, the college has established the Sherman Pride Student Emergency Fund. More than $18,000 has been raised so far. In addition, Sherman College was awarded an allocation of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and is making 100% of these funds available to students who have suffered financial impact. To apply for aid through either program, students should email Financial Aid.  As of June 12, 2020, the college has processed the initial round of CARES Act grant applications and has awarded and distributed $67,482.67 to 71 students for an average award of $950.46. The Department of Education has only made the first half of the funding available, so application reviews have been suspended until additional funding is made available.

Board Examination Fees: Sherman College contacted the NBCE and the South Carolina State Board of Chiropractic Examiners to request fee reductions for students adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SC Board responded that they would consider the request, and NBCE responded that they could not reduce fees. The college thanks the Palmetto State Chiropractic Society for following up with independent letters of support for these requests.

Continuing Education Opportunity: In response to many cancelled live continuing education events, the Office of Continuing Education is bringing together speakers from around the globe for the Sherman CE Summit: A One-Day Virtual Event to be held on September 12, 2020. Up to 10 hours of CE credit will be available for D.C.s in a live-streamed format, just like Lyceum 2020. Featured speakers include Drs. Heidi Haavik, Tamara MacIntyre, Matthew McCoy, and more. Sherman College employees and students will receive complimentary registration.

Campus Tours for Prospective Students: A virtual tour of campus is now available on YouTube. Prospective students can also join us for virtual campus visits every Thursday at 11 a.m. EST this summer. In-person campus visits may be scheduled on Tuesdays this summer; capacity is very limited and social distancing measures will be implemented. Please email Kendra Strange with any questions.

Showcase Sherman Weekend: Showcase Sherman Weekend is (tentatively) scheduled for August 7-8. If you have any questions about Showcase Sherman Weekend, email Kendra Strange.

Employees: Sherman College employees continue to work remotely during this time, with some beginning to phase back on campus. Should you need to reach us, visit the employee directories.

 

 

Members of our Sherman College community,

In an effort to share the most updated information during our current situation, here are the most important recent updates.

In Health,

Sherman College Leadership Team

 

Reopening Plan: Sherman College has released a phased re-opening plan for the college. The college has appointed Janice Fordree, D.C., as its campus re-opening director. Please know that these plans are the result of careful, methodical planning with the best interests and safety of Sherman students and employees in mind. Student success continues to be at the forefront of all college actions, and the college is committed to the highest standards of health, safety and security. The details of each phase are outlined in the document sent to students and employees via email. However, below is a summary:

  • Phase 1 – begins May 26, 2020: Allow OPTIONAL limited, appointment-only small group learning sessions for students and faculty who desire to come to campus. Appropriate screening, social distancing and cleaning protocols will be enforced.
  • Phase 2 – begins June 1, 2020: Interns in Clinic 722-810 can opt to resume patient care in the Chiropractic Health Center on a limited basis. Strict screening, social distancing and cleaning procedures will be enforced.
  • Phase 3 – begins July 7, 2020: The college will continue distance learning for summer quarter with the addition of Phase 1 and 2 options for faculty and students. The college may widen the availability of these optional activities based on the outcomes of the first two phases. All on-campus participation by students during these first three phases will be OPTIONAL; no student will be required to be on campus through the end of the summer 2020 quarter.
  • Phase 4 – begins September 29, 2020: The college will resume live sessions for fall quarter based upon outcomes, data and information gathered in the first three phases. The college will closely monitor state, local and national recommendations as it plans the fall quarter.

June Graduation: The college desires to provide a graduation ceremony that honors our graduates’ achievements with minimal disruption to its traditional celebration. In order to provide this level of celebration and honor while doing our best to keep everyone safe, the college has decided to postpone the June commencement program until September 19, 2020. Postponement of our event does not mean we will not find ways to honor graduates. Graduates have received follow-up emails regarding our planned activities. If you have questions about graduation, please contact Vice President for Student Affairs LaShanda Hutto-Harris at lhuttoharris@sherman.edu.

Health Center Patients: The Sherman College Health Center reopens Monday, June 1, to provide chiropractic care to current patients. Patients should contact their interns directly to schedule appointments and be advised on appropriate health and safety protocols. Patients may also visit the Sherman College website and refer to the alumni directory to search for local Sherman graduates: https://www.sherman.edu/alumni-directory/.  

Student Financial Support: Aimed at supporting students facing financial difficulties during this time, the college has established the Sherman Pride Student Emergency Fund. Find details at https://www.sherman.edu/student-fund/. In addition, Sherman College was awarded an allocation of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and is making 100% of these funds available to students who have suffered financial impact. To apply for a grant under the CARES Act, students should complete the form emailed by Financial Aid. The college is also encouraging the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board, the National Board for Chiropractic Examiners, and the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners to waive or discount fees for students at this time.

Online Learning for Current Students:  Students continue online learning using college-issued iPads. Please direct any questions to Dr. Billie Harrington at bharrington@sherman.edu and monitor your email and Schoology for the latest announcements.

Library Resources for Students: Many of our resources are available from online databases, but if you need materials from the library, please contact Chandra Placer at cplacer@sherman.edu or Pat Calhoun at pcalhoun@sherman.edu to make arrangements to check out and pick up your items.

IT Resources for Students: Room 206 in Scallon and Event space A in Gelardi will be open to students for wireless and computer access Monday-Friday from 12- 2 pm and again from 6- 8 pm. Printers have been moved to these rooms as well, and printing costs have been temporarily reduced. Your OneDrive account allows you to store 1TB of data that is backed up regularly Please email help@sherman.edu if you need further assistance.

Campus Tours for Prospective Students: A virtual tour of campus is now available on our YouTube channel. Prospective students can also join us for a virtual campus visit. From the comfort of their own homes, guests can meet with Sherman College representatives. The Admission Office is hosting visits via Zoom every Friday at 11 a.m. EST. Visit this link to sign up.

Showcase Sherman Weekend: Showcase Sherman Weekend is (tentatively) scheduled for August 7-8. If you have any questions about Showcase Sherman Weekend, please contact Senior Director for Enrollment Services Kendra Strange at kstrange@sherman.edu.

Employees: Sherman College employees continue to work remotely during this time, with some beginning to phase back on campus as desired/needed. Should you need to reach us, please see the employee directories at https://www.sherman.edu/employees/.

All: Please know that all decisions come after careful consideration. We will continue to update everyone as this situation and the college’s plans evolve. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Members of our Sherman College community,

In an effort to share the most updated information during our current situation, here are the most important updates this week.

In Health,

Sherman College Leadership Team

 

Annual Lyceum Program: Lyceum will be held this week as a live-streaming event offering phenomenal continuing education opportunities for Doctors of Chiropractic as well as our campus community. If you have any questions about Lyceum, visit www.sherman.edu/lyceum or contact Dr. Jillian Farrell at jfarrell@sherman.edu.

Student Financial Support: Aimed at supporting students facing financial difficulties during this time, the college has established the Sherman Pride Student Emergency Fund. Find details at https://www.sherman.edu/student-fund/. In addition, Sherman College was awarded an allocation of the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and is making 100% of these funds available to students who have suffered financial impact. Please see the emails you received from Financial Aid last week with details on eligibility and the grant application. The college is also encouraging the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board, the National Board for Chiropractic Examiners, and the South Carolina Board of Chiropractic Examiners to waive or discount fees for students at this time.

Online Learning for Current Students:  Students continue their study online using college-issued iPads. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing students with an excellent academic experience. Weekly learning modules open by 8 a.m. on Mondays and all work, discussions, quizzes, etc. within that module must be completed by Sunday night at midnight to be ready to start the next week again on Monday. Please direct any questions relative to online learning to Dr. Harrington at bharrington@sherman.edu and monitor your email and Schoology for the latest announcements.

Library Resources for Students: Many of our resources are available from online databases, but if you need materials from the library, please contact Chandra Placer (cplacer@sherman.edu) or Pat Calhoun (pcalhoun@sherman.edu) to make arrangements to check out and pick up your items.

IT Resources for Students: Room 206 in Scallon and Event space A in Gelardi will be open to students for wireless and computer access Monday-Friday from 12- 2 pm and again from 6- 8 pm. Printers have been moved to these rooms as well, and printing costs have been temporarily reduced. Your OneDrive account allows you to store 1TB of data that is backed up regularly Please email help@sherman.edu if you need further assistance.

June Graduation: The Office of Student Affairs is analyzing results of their recent survey of spring and summer 2020 graduates. We will communicate the decision about graduation as soon as possible. If you have questions about graduation, please contact Vice President for Student Affairs LaShanda Hutto-Harris at lhuttoharris@sherman.edu.

Campus Tours for Prospective Students: A virtual tour of campus is now available on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLSHM2SlFvI. Prospective students can also join us for a virtual campus visit. From the comfort of their own homes, guests can meet with Sherman College representatives. The Admission Office is hosting visits via Zoom every Friday at 11 a.m. EST through the end of May. Visit this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/JwbvXe7a8EyjJ8bN6.

Showcase Sherman Weekend: The Showcase Sherman planned for May 15-16 is canceled. Registrants will be deferred to the summer Showcase scheduled for August 7-8. If you have any questions about Showcase Sherman Weekend, please contact Senior Director for Enrollment Services Kendra Strange at kstrange@sherman.edu.

Health Center Patients: Your health and safety is of our utmost concern. We have ordered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and are waiting on its shipment, but unfortunately the shipment date is more than two weeks away with no guarantee of arrival date. At this time we are postponing the Health Center opening until May 31, 2020; however, if we receive the needed PPE prior to the anticipated date, we will do everything possible to open the Health Center sooner. We are revisiting the summer break schedule for the Health Center in light of the many days already lost to COVID-19. Patients seeking chiropractic care prior to the Health Center’s reopening are encouraged to visit the Sherman College website and refer to the alumni directory to search for local Sherman graduates: https://www.sherman.edu/alumni-directory/.  

Campus Facilities: Our maintenance crews have worked diligently (while practicing social distancing) and have completed renovations in the Health Center including new flooring upstairs, new ceiling tiles, paint and bathroom upgrades. We have also added a sidewalk from the east student parking lot up to Scallon Hall. We have added landscaping for a future outdoor picnic/seating area between the Gelardi Student Center and the Health Center.

Employees: Sherman College employees continue to work remotely during this time, utilizing Office 365, instant chat, and video conferencing tools to remain connected. Should you need to reach us, please see the employee directories at https://www.sherman.edu/employees/. The college was approved for an SBA loan through the Paycheck Protection Program on April 16, thus avoiding possible layoffs at this point.

All: Please know that all decisions come after careful consideration. We will continue to update everyone as this situation and the college’s plans evolve. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Members of our Sherman College community,

In an effort to share the most updated information in this ongoing decision-making process, here are the most important updates this week.

In Health,

Sherman College Leadership Team

Current Students: Students began the spring quarter of study online using their college-issued iPads. Faculty have spent the last few weeks working diligently in the transition to online learning. While instruction through online learning will be different, our faculty and staff are committed to providing students with an excellent academic experience. Weekly learning modules will open by 8 a.m. on Mondays and all work, discussions, quizzes, etc. within that module must be completed by Sunday night at midnight to be ready to start the next week again on Monday. Please direct any questions relative to online learning to Dr. Harrington at bharrington@sherman.edu and monitor your email and Schoology for the latest announcements.

June Graduation: We have not made a decision yet regarding graduation on June 13, but we have committed to make and communicate this decision no later than April 15. If you have questions about graduation, please contact Vice President for Student Affairs LaShanda Hutto-Harris at lhuttoharris@sherman.edu.

Spring 2020 Orientation: Sherman College welcomed 12 new students in the spring 2020 class this Monday. Orientation was conducted a little differently due to COVID- 19. New students came to campus at specified times, while following CDC protocol, to pick up their school- issued iPads, model spines, and instructions on how to access Schoology for virtual orientation and classwork. Student Affairs made sure the new students felt fully equipped for their first day of classes on Tuesday.

Prospective Student Campus Tours: Prospective students can now join us for a virtual campus visit. From the comfort of their own homes, guests can meet with Sherman College representatives and soon, even take a virtual tour of campus. The Admission Office is hosting visits via Zoom every Friday at 11 a.m. EST through the end of May. Visit this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/JwbvXe7a8EyjJ8bN6.

Showcase Sherman Weekend: The Showcase Sherman planned for May 15-16 is canceled. Registrants will be deferred to the summer Showcase scheduled for August 7-8. If you have any questions about Showcase Sherman Weekend, please contact Senior Director for Enrollment Services Kendra Strange at kstrange@sherman.edu.

Health Center Patients: Your health and safety is of our utmost concern. In an abundance of caution, Sherman College’s Chiropractic Health Center will remain closed for patient care until April 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Patients seeking chiropractic care prior to April 30 are encouraged to visit the

Sherman College website and refer to the alumni directory to search for local Sherman graduates: https://www.sherman.edu/alumni-and-friends/alumni-directory/.

Health Center Facilities: While campus is closed, our maintenance crews are working hard (while practicing social distancing) on some renovations in the Health Center such as installing new flooring upstairs, installing new ceiling tiles and painting. We are excited for everyone to see the updates when we return to campus.

Employees: Sherman College employees continue to work remotely during this time, utilizing Office 365, instant text chat, and video conferencing tools to remain connected. Should you need to reach us, please see the staff directory (https://www.sherman.edu/employees/staff-directory/) and the faculty directory (https://www.sherman.edu/employees/faculty-directory/).

Lyceum Attendees: Lyceum will now be a live-streaming event offering phenomenal continuing education opportunities. If you have any questions about Lyceum, visit www.sherman.edu/lyceum or contact Dr. Jillian Farrell at jfarrell@sherman.edu.

IRAPS: The Office of Academic Affairs has committed its focus and resources to ensuring a smooth transition to online learning. In addition, the spread of this virus will likely have long-term effects on many chiropractic offices and research opportunities. Due to these considerations, we regret to announce that our 17th International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) has been postponed until 2021.

All: Please know that these decisions come after careful consideration. We will continue to update everyone as this situation and the college’s plans evolve. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lyceum 2020 Announcement

We know many of you have been waiting for an update on Sherman College’s plans for Lyceum 2020 this spring. We have been carefully monitoring events, making contingency plans and weighing our options amid the many unknown scenarios ahead. At this time, and in light of the recent CDC recommendation to cancel, postpone or hold events online if at all possible, the college has chosen to move forward with Lyceum 2020 as a virtual event only.

We have solutions in place to allow for virtual delivery of most of our previously scheduled Lyceum seminars and presentations. The Department of Continuing Education sees this as an opportunity to lift the profession by still delivering outstanding content to chiropractors that will help them better serve their communities as a result.

As we send this message, our team is busy working with our dedicated speakers and the state boards to discuss their guidelines for this unprecedented situation. We know many of you are in continuing education renewal years for your states, and we are working to help you meet those requirements. Simply put, we want to see chiropractic flourish and we’re committed to doing our part in facilitating the best program we can to support the profession.

We also recognize that Lyceum isn’t simply a continuing education event. It is also a homecoming celebration for our alumni, friends and supporters. As such, we are disappointed that we won’t be able to see you in person this spring, but we look forward to connecting with you in other ways.

Given these developments, we have a few options for you to consider as you decide how best to proceed with your Lyceum plans. As a registered Lyceum attendee, you may:
• Remain registered and participate in Lyceum 2020 as a virtual program (details forthcoming)
• Apply your payment to Lyceum 2021
• Donate the value of your credit as a tax-deductible contribution to Sherman College
• Request a full refund (deadline for this option is April 10, 2020)

We will have more information on our virtual program in the days leading up to our cancellation deadline, so we encourage you to monitor your email, the Lyceum website, and our social channels (particularly our main Facebook page) before making your final decision.

We want all of our attendees to have an option they are comfortable with given the public health crisis happening due to COVID-19, and we will be here to support you as we all navigate this unchartered territory together.

Based on the SC Governor’s announcement today, and out of an abundance of caution, Sherman College has made some carefully considered but necessary decisions. We have sent several texts and emails throughout the day to our constituents regarding college and Health Center operations over the coming weeks. Please be sure to monitor your emergency text alerts and check your email regularly for further updates.

Students: Sherman College has postponed final exams and will close the Health Center until after spring break, which ends March 29. All students should check their email in the coming days for a new schedule.

Health Center Patients: Your health and safety is of our utmost concern. In an abundance of caution, the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center will be closed until March 31.

Employees: Please check your email for details on college operations over the next two weeks.

Lyceum Attendees: We will continue to monitor developments and will communicate any updates to you via email.

Spring 2020 Incoming Students: We are planning to host a virtual orientation. You will receive a letter with full details. We still expect that you will begin the quarter when classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, March 31.

All: Please know that these decisions come after long and careful consideration. We will continue to update everyone as this situation and the college’s plans evolve. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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