July 2020 Newsletter

Photoshop of Fireworks Over the Main Quad July 2019

Summer Heat While Looking Toward Fall

Fall New Student Orientation is Online

Welcome new Summer and Fall students! We're a little over a month away from Fall Orientation and the start of Fall semester classes. All students who began during the Summer term or are starting in the Fall are invited to the New Graduate Student Orientation which will be hosted on the Canvas platform beginning the week of August 17. 

Grad Orientation is a self-guided, online resource designed to help prepare you as a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University. Once the orientation module is open, you can access it anytime from anywhere with an internet connection.

The orientation module will contain valuable info about Diversity 360, Kelvin Smith Library, Access Services, Health and Counseling Services, the CWRU Police, [U]Tech, Academic Integrity and more!

Some live orientation Zoom events will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19.

In the meantime, please visit the "First Steps" Information on our website for setting up your email, finding off-campus housing, learning about community resources, and more. Also continue to complete items on the New Student Checklist. Make sure to upload your photo for your student ID card by August 1!

Have questions about Orientation? Send an email to sgsevents@case.edu.


Summer Graduates: Submit Final Materials

If you have applied to graduate this summer and you did not request and receive a Waiver of Registration, the deadline to electronically submit all Final Materials for Summer 2020 graduation is Friday, July 24. Submission of Final Materials includes uploading your approved Electronic Thesis or Dissertation to OhioLINK. Be sure to submit your ETD to Graduate Studies for the required format check in plenty of time to meet this deadline. See the online instructions for details.

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Waiver for the Student Medical and One-to-One Fitness Plans 

Do you have Health Insurance? If you're already covered, make sure to waive your Student Medical Plan before the end of the drop/add period on September 4 to avoid being charged. Also, every graduate student is automatically enrolled as a member of One-to-One Fitness but if you are not interested you have the option to waive this plan by September 1. If you opted to waive the Student Medical Plan and/or the One-to-One Fitness plan in previous academic years, you must apply again to waive these plans for the 2020-21 year.

Please note: If you are staying on the Student Medical Plan, your coverage year begins August 1.

Student and Exchange Visitor Program Updates

International students with questions or concerns about the July 6 federal announcement of changes to guidance regarding Fall 2020 temporary exemptions should visit the Center for International Affairs' page on updates to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The Office of International Student Services (ISS) is working to provide clarity and will post updates to that page. Please email international@case.edu with questions and concerns.

And remember, #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU 🌏💙

Extensions on Milestones and Deadlines

We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic may be causing delays in accessing library materials, lab work being reduced or temporarily stopped, etc. With this disruption Graduate Studies will accept petitions for extensions on degree completion and other milestones, with the support of your advisor/department. You can find the petition form on the Graduate Studies website. You can attach electronic signatures on emails from your faculty to your petition. If your petition for extension is approved, you will only need to register for one (1) hour each semester through the spring 2021 term. The completed petition form and any questions should be submitted to gradstudies@case.edu.

Campus Community

Join the Academic Integrity Board/University Judicial Board!

We are looking for graduate students to serve as members of the Academic Integrity Board/University Judicial Board! Being a member of the board provides a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and administrators in an atmosphere that promotes respect, community, and integrity. The board aims to develop a community characterized by the values necessary to succeed in academic and professional life.

Board positions are available immediately, with training to occur this summer. Additional positions are available for the 2020-21 academic year. Additional information and position expectations can be found in the application in CampusGroups. Applications are due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, July 15th.

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University Health & Counseling Services Opportunities

University Health and Counseling Services continues to offer remote services during summer for continuing students regardless if you are enrolled in classes. Due to the ongoing health crisis, students will not be charged additional out-of-pocket fees.

UH&CS also has a number of virtual programs this summer:

Visit the UH&CS CampusGroups page for additional information and registration or by calling 216.368.5872.

Spoken English Seminars Continue in July

We currently offer free seminars on: Fluency in Spoken English, Conversation Skills, Culture and Communication, and Better Pronunciation. Please email Elise Geither for the schedule and Zoom links.

Case students can register for free spoken English tutoring during July by reserving appointments on Tutortrac.case.edu. For questions about Spoken English Tutoring, please contact Elise Geither.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Training Program

Doctoral students who intend to defend within the next year and recent PhD graduates and postdocs are invited to an informational webinar on Tuesday, July 14 at 2:00pm on the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training Program, a competitive 3-year fellowship program from the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences to prepare trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers. See the NIGMS page for more information and how to access the webinar.

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