October 2021 Newsletter

CWRU Main Quad looking toward Adelbert Hall, autumn 2020


Resolve Spring & Summer 2021 Incompletes

If you received an Incomplete (I) grade in the most recent spring or summer semesters, you have until the date specified by your instructor - but no later than the 11th week of class (Friday, November 5) - 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.

Last Day for Course Withdrawal: November 5

If you need to withdraw from a single course (as long as it is not your only class), you have until Friday, November 5. For most classes, this is 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.

Looking to Audit a 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 2021 by Friday, November 5. A student may audit a course with the approval of both their instructor and advisor; however, they receive no credit for the course and 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

Fall Break: October 18 & 19

Check your syllabi and talk with your professors to determine if the University's Fall Break (October 18 and 19) will affect your classes or assignments. Also, access availability to some buildings and services on campus (such as KSL, gyms, shuttles, dining, etc) may have reduced and altered hours over the break and the preceding weekend so check in advance to plan accordingly.

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 2022, you should pay careful attention to the submission deadlines and plan accordingly. See our Graduation page for more details.

Campus Community

Get Your Flu Shot!

It's important to get a flu shot in any year - but this year especially so!

Over the next few weeks, students can receive a free flu vaccination (see the schedule at the bottom of the page). No registration required but bring your CWRU ID and dress accordingly to receive an upper-arm shot.

Grad Life Food Pantry

The Office of Graduate Student Life in Tomlinson has opened a food pantry for all grad and professional students at CWRU! The pantry is an open market and you can choose up to 15 items per visit. Sign up for a 15 minute appointment here.

Food pantry market at the Office of Graduate Student Life in Tomlinson

Expansion of V-Fund

The Verhosek Fund (V-Fund) is one of the travel awards currently managed by the School of Graduate Studies. Under the current policy for the V-Fund, students may only apply when having presented research at a conference (in-person or virtual) for a maximum value of $250.00. However, we are reviewing the possibility of expanding what the V-Fund can cover as well as slightly increasing the maximum amount able to be requested. Please let us know how the V-Fund could best serve your needs by completing this survey on CampusGroups. Every SGS student who completes this survey by Monday, November 1 will be entered into a random lottery to win a $15 gift card to Target or Starbucks. If you have any questions, please email us at gradtravelawards@case.edu.

End of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) for Cleveland, most of the United States, and several other countries ends overnight Sunday, November 7. (Other countries and territories practicing DST may end on a different date.) Before going to bed that Saturday night, clocks should be turned back an hour. If you are studying remotely far from Cleveland or if you have any remote meetings with colleagues away from campus, please confirm time zone differences so no one is running late!

Clocktower at Biomedical Research Building (BRB)

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.

Vote by November 2

Making sure your voice is heard is important in every election, not just the "big years." All eligible students are encouraged to vote this fall. The last day to vote is Tuesday, November 2 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.

Banner of American Flag by Adelbert Hall

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.

Meet the Incoming Fall 2021 Grad Students

Welcome to all of our students that started in Summer and Fall 2021! We wanted to provide some statistics to show you what the incoming group of students looks like. As the chilly weather sets in, be sure to give your fellow students a warm welcome as they continue to settle in to the CWRU community.

Academic Plans: 544 (67.7%) Masters students; 240 (29.9%) Doctoral students; and 20 (2.5%) Certificate students

Gender: 446 (55.5%) Female; 345 (42.9%) Male; and 13 (1.6%) Other

Minority Ethnic Groups: 259 Asian; 95 Black or African American; 54 Hispanic or Latinx; 33 multi-ethnic; and 29 other

International Students: 26% of incoming grad students are international, representing 33 countries!

Upcoming Events

Collage of Posters for Events in October 2021 Newsletter

Return to live theater with the CWRU's MFA acting students in William Shakespeare's classic comedy Twelfth Night at the Cleveland Playhouse!

Special ticket prices available for students.

Join the Graduate Student Council for a Friday Happy Hour at 7:00pm on October 22 at the Jolly Scholar in Thwing! Your first drink is on GSC!

Register on CampusGroups.

The Office of Graduate Student Life invites all grad and professional students to the Fall Feast on Wednesday, October 27 at 11:30am in Thwing Ballroom for a free hot boxed lunch while celebrating gratitude and community and building relationships! RSVP on CampusGroups to attend.

The Graduate Student Council invites you to have a Spooktacular October with a trip to Halloweekend at Cedar Point on Saturday, October 30 with tickets at a scarily discounted rate! Transportation to the amusement park can also be provided.

Sign up now on CampusGroups!

The LGBT Center invites grad and professional students to a game night on Friday, November 5 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Tink Senior Classroom!

Register on CampusGroups.

KSL Resources Lab: SciFinder-n
GSC Anti-Ism Hour
Graduate Association for Medieval Studies Movie Night Monty Python & The Holy Grail
OMA Wellness Wednesday: Sustainable Living
KSL Resources Lab: Wiley
Graduate Student Council General Assembly Meeting
KSL Game Night - Trivia Edition
Free Student STI Testing
Coffee & Conversations: Discussing Netflix's The Chair
GCAS General Assembly Meeting

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Northern CWRU Main Quad Facing Tomlinson Hall, Fall 2019