October 2020 Newsletter

American Flag over Adelbert Hall

Make your voice heard and vote!

Vote by November 3

All eligible students are encouraged to vote in the election this fall. The last day to vote is Tuesday, November 3 but early voting is happening in many states and mail-in ballots are being accepted. Turbovote is a resource CWRU students can use for information and reminders. See some additional voter resources for students from the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning.


Last Day for Course Withdrawal: November 6

If you need to withdraw from a single course (as long as it is not your only class), you have until Friday, November 6 to do so. For most classes, this is to be done in SIS. See the University Registrar's page on class registration (start at #20) for instructions.

When you drop the individual course, you will receive a grade of W on your transcript and you will receive a 0% tuition refund. If you have more questions or are unsure whether you should drop the individual course, speak to your professor and/or advisor before making the decision to withdraw.

Incomplete (I) Grades from Spring 2020?

If you received an Incomplete (I) grade in the spring semester, you have until the date specified by your instructor - but no later than the 11th week of class (Friday, November 6) - to submit all outstanding work in order to have a final grade posted. If the Incomplete is not resolved by this date, the I grade will be converted to an F. See our Incomplete Policy in the Bulletin for more details.

Looking to Audit your course?

Students can audit a course to gain knowledge in a subject area without being bound to complete all of the required coursework. Email a completed Add/Drop Form to gradstudies@case.edu to audit a course for Fall 2020 by Friday, November 6. A student may audit a course with the approval of the instructor and advisor, however, they receive no credit for the course (a grade of AD is posted on the transcript.) Note that a course cannot be changed from Audit to Credit, and audited courses cannot be used to fulfill any degree requirements. Full tuition is charged for audited courses.

Student taking notes by hand in class

Final Oral Defense

Graduate Studies still strongly recommends that theses and dissertation defenses be held virtually through video teleconferencing; see Zoom guidelines from the University. Students who wish to hold in-person defenses should consult with their individual departments for approval and procedures and then contact Graduate Studies. Doctoral candidates must submit the Notification for Scheduling the Final Oral Exam to Graduate Studies at least three weeks prior to the scheduled defense date. If you intend to graduate in January 2021, you should pay careful attention to the submission deadlines and plan accordingly. See our Graduation page for more details.

Free the PhD

Students and postdocs who are serious about a career outside of academia can register for the Free the PhD virtual summit happening October 25 to November 1! Tickets have been purchased by the Professional Development Center in Grad Studies so registered participants can attend the summit at cost. In the event all tickets are allocated, you can ask to be put on a waitlist or inquire about discounted registration.

End of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) for Cleveland, most of the United States, and several other countries ends overnight Sunday, November 1. (Other countries and territories practicing DST may end on a different date.) Before going to bed on Saturday night, clocks should be turned back an hour. While it's important every year to make sure to reset clocks, numerous students are taking classes remotely from regions that do not practice DST. Please confirm your time zone differences so you're still on time for all classes, assignments, and meetings at the beginning of November!

Clocktower at Biomedical Research Building (BRB)

Thanksgiving Break & End of Semester

As per the revised fall semester announced this summer, no classes will be held the entire week of Thanksgiving (November 23 - 27). The last week of classes (November 30 - December 4) and final exams will be conducted remotely.

Modified Spring 2021 Semester

Several changes have been made to the spring calendar for 2021. Classes will begin on Monday, February 1 and end on Friday, May 7. Deadlines and due dates are being adjusted accordingly. There will be no spring break during the semester but several days without classes may be determined and scheduled. Finals will be held May 11 - 19 and Commencement on Sunday, May 30 (Memorial Day weekend). Classes in the spring semester will continue to include in-person, remote, and a hybrid of both (more details on the modes). Open registration in SIS for the Spring 2021 semester begins Sunday, November 1. See our Dates & Deadlines page for more details.

Campus Community

Grad Game Night

Mark your calendars for a (mildly) spooky game night on Zoom with the offices of Graduate Student Life and Multicultural Affairs on Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30pm! In addition to gaming, there will also be a costume contest, raffle, and prizes!

GSC Professional Development Conferences

Join the Graduate Student Council for an online Professional Development Conference Series this semester! Each virtual workshop will start at 6:00pm ET. The webinars are free but you need to register on CampusGroups to get the Zoom links: Financial Wellness with PNC on October 28 and Tax 101 with Apple Growth on November 17

Get Your Flu Shot!

It's important to get a flu shot in any year - but this year especially so! Two mornings each week until Thanksgiving break, students can receive a free flu vaccination the Veale Athletic Center. No registration required but bring your CWRU ID. See the full calendar for specific dates; additional days and locations may be scheduled.

Therapy and Support Sessions

Take advantage of the numerous group and individual therapy sessions and support spaces being held online this fall. There is something for everyone: grief support, anxiety, safe space for BIPOC discussions, work-life balance, concerns surrounding the upcoming election, women earning PhDs, resilience, mindfulness, stress management, building better relationships with food and our bodies, and more.

Read more about therapy sessions and support spaces and review the upcoming schedule hosted by University Health and Counseling Services.

Student studying with an open book

Emergency Fund for Students

Are you aware if you face an unforeseen financial emergency that may obstruct the ability to continue your education at CWRU you can apply for a fund from the Division of Students Affairs to help? Make sure to review the details and eligibility. This aid can be applied any semester you face an extreme hardship, not just during this difficult year.

CWRU EMS in Greater University Circle

Did you know that CWRU EMS covers not just the campus but some of the surrounding neighborhoods as well? If you're off campus but in the coverage area and have an emergency you may be able to get free treatment and transportation. See more info and the service area map.

Reviewers Needed for Safer Campus Guidebook

Current Ohio college students of every degree level are needed to review the updated A Safer Campus Guidebook from the Ohio Department of Higher Education Changing Campus Culture Initiative. The guidebook is to help schools create a safer campus free from sexual assault and dating violence. If interested in reviewing the 35 page guidebook please email your name and the school you're enrolled to Beth.Malchus@odh.ohio.gov.  

Upcoming Events

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, events are held online. All times in Eastern.

Banner of Events Listed in October 2020 Newsletter

Tues, Oct 27- Student Activities & Leadership Ambassadors Trick or Treat Networking Event. 5-6pm.

Tues, Oct 27- Grad Game Night. 5:30-7pm.

Wed, Oct 28- GSC Professional Development Conference: Financial Wellness with PNC. 6-7:15pm.

Thur, Oct 29- GSC Black Graduate Student Social Hour. 6-7pm

Thur, Oct 29- Graduate Council of Arts & Sciences Zoom Writing Hour. 7-8pm. (Reoccurs weekly)

Fri, Oct 30- Office of Multicultural Affairs Halloween Community Zoom. 12-1pm.

Wed, Nov 4- Graduate Student Council General Assembly Meeting. 6-7pm.

Thur, Nov 5- Office of Multicultural Affairs Black Men's Townhall. 5:30-7pm.

Tues, Nov 17- GSC Professional Development Conference: Tax 101 with Apple Growth. 6-7:15pm.

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CWRU Main Quad looking toward Adelbert Hall, autumn 2020