A Note from the Executive Team at Sherman College of Chiropractic
Welcome to fall quarter! Thank you all for your continued patience and resiliency as we adapt to our current circumstances. We are committed to keeping you informed during this transition. Should you have any questions beyond those addressed here, please reach out to Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer Karen Canup. Here are the most important updates for the week beginning September 28, 2020.
Newest Updates for the Week of September 28
Welcome to Fall Quarter!
Sherman College welcomed 54 new students during fall quarter orientation on Monday, September 28. View photos in our Facebook album.

Students had ID cards made, received their college-issued iPads and heard from various offices on campus in preparation for a unique fall quarter ahead.

Please help us welcome these new students to the Sherman College community!
Food Services for Fall Quarter
The current COVID-sensitive environment has challenged the way in which we’ve historically operated our café services. With health concerns in mind, as well as considerations for a limited capacity campus, the college is taking a new and different approach to offering food services for our campus.
The college has partnered with AVI Foodsystems to provide a “Market C” micro market concept.This concept provides convenient, self-serving access to fresh sandwiches, salads and platters, hot coffee and tea, bottled beverages, as well as a wide variety of snacks, pastries and much more. Market C is located in the café space of the Gelardi Student Center and will be accessible anytime the building is open.

As a supplement to the Market C, the college has partnered with local restaurants to provide food truck and/or kiosk services to the campus. This aspect of food services will stay in place through fall quarter, as long as the demand from our campus community supports it. Please be sure to visit and welcome them to campus!
  • On Wednesdays from 11:30am - 1:30pm, beginning on September 30, Firehouse Subs of Boiling Springs will be selling subs and salads in the Gelardi Student Center.
  • On Mondays from 11:30am - 1:30pm, beginning on October 5, The Streatery food truck of downtown Spartanburg will be selling lunch from the parking circle between Scallon Hall and the Health Center.
Important Reminders
CCE Site Visit Complete
Thank you!The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) site visit is now complete. The visit was very successful and went exactly as the college expected with no surprises. A formal site team report and recommendations will be forthcoming from CCE at a later date at which time the college will respond. The Council will meet in January and inform the college of their findings. Thank you to each and every one who participated in this first ever virtual reaffirmation experience as well as in the preparation leading up to it over the last two years, and for making the visit a success.
Commencement Video Available
Fifty-one students from around the world celebrated their graduation from Sherman College on September 19 during the college’s first ever virtual commencement ceremony. The college’s 137th commencement was a shared ceremony for June and September graduates. The video premiered on Facebook and YouTube and featured award presentations, speeches, and photos of the graduates. Watch here:

Gelardi Student Center Use for Students
The Gelardi Student Center is now open Monday – Friday from 7:45 a.m. - 7 p.m. These hours will include the sitting area with the club chairs and tables, the alcoves and the café area. Please respect and adhere to the maximum number of occupants allowed at each sitting area, alcove and café table.

Beginning October 5, study rooms will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:45 am - 7 pm. Please respect and adhere to the maximum number of occupants allowed in each study room or table. Masks must be worn if two or more individuals occupy any study or sitting area. Study spaces and sitting rooms must be properly sanitized with provided cleaning supplies when individuals finish using the spaces. If the maximum number of occupants is reached and/or if college protocols are not being followed, individuals will be asked to vacate the building. This includes not properly sanitizing any area or room when leaving. Repeated offenses will result in disciplinary action.

Library hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Distancing of six feet must be maintained in the library at all times – anyone not adhering to this requirement will be asked to leave. Please wash your hands utilizing restrooms to the right of the elevator before entering the library. Bookstore Hours have not been determined and will be posted at the bookstore or sent via email to the campus community.

The Gelardi Student Center will close daily from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. for an additional deep cleaning to be performed. Please plan to exit the building by the designated time or if asked.
Safety and Use of Walkways
As you are returning to campus and especially to the Health Center for patient care or class, please remember that you should NOT come up the grass hill from the parking lots to the rear entrance of the Health Center. You must use the paved walkways.This is a safety issue for your sake, as a slip and fall on the hill, even in the grass could cause a serious injury. Additionally, this has been tracking a great deal of grass into the Health Center unnecessarily, which is not only unsightly but also a safety issue now inside the building as grass on the flooring can cause someone to slip and fall.
Children on Campus
Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the unusual circumstances caused by COVID-19 that impact typical daily activities, and in the interest of safety for everyone, the college is temporarily suspending the current children on campus policy. We will follow our current campus COVID-19 policy of no children on campus until further notice. We realize that some students may have extenuating circumstances that make it difficult to attend all or some classes due to childcare needs, therefore, the college is providing alternative arrangements for you to meet course requirements online (similar to the past two quarters). To set up these arrangements, you will need to directly contact your faculty to let them know that you will not be able to attend in-person class sessions.
Registration Open for November Showcase
Do you know someone who is thinking about a career in chiropractic? Our VIP event, Showcase Sherman Weekend, is designed to help prospective students begin their pursuit of becoming a doctor of chiropractic and ignite their passion for leadership.

Registration for the November Showcase Sherman will open Friday, September 11. Space is very limited and strict safety protocols will be enforced. Learn more on our website.
Fall Quarter Attendance
The college has taken a big step toward normal operations this quarter by implementing a 50 percent on-campus teaching schedule. Your attendance and participation efforts are very important and will serve to:
  • refine your courses to fit the new model in the winter
  • continue to document your program attendance for federal requirements
  • help you learn the hands-on aspects of chiropractic more effectively.

Your Attendance
The college expects that you will make every effort to ensure you can take advantage of the return of live, face-to-face on-campus training. We understand that some students may have extenuating circumstances that could prevent on-campus attendance throughout the quarter. Circumstances related to travel restrictions, children or dependent care needs due to quarantine or school cancellations and health concerns will be taken into account. You must communicate with your faculty members as soon as possible if you have an extenuating circumstance that prevents you from attending class on campus. Faculty will provide an alternative through the Microsoft Teams application.
Fall 2020 Clinic Operations
Fall 2020 clinic operations are increasing as the campus continues to reopen. A summary of the clinic expectations are listed below and will be in your clinic level course syllabus:

  • Requirements include a minimum of two visits per week for seven weeks. All interns should work closely with their case doctors to exceed this minimum and increase hands-on training and service to patients.
  • Many of the clinic course requirements, assignments and assessments will continue via Schoology.
  • Some face-to-face class meetings and workshops may be required.
  • Clinic levels 740, 750 and 810 may book appointments in 30-minute increments with case doctor approval. Clinic 722 and 730 interns must book 60-minute appointments.
  • Clinic level days for patient care will remain the same as summer 2020 quarter, with special consideration on an individual basis and with case doctor approval:
  • Monday and Wednesday – CLIN 740, 750
  • Tuesday and Thursday – CLIN 722, 730 and 810
  • Friday – All clinic levels
Student Emergency Funds Available
The Offices of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations have established the Sherman Pride Student Emergency Fund (SPSEF) to assist students. The fund allows students to request up to $500 for urgent needs and will not require repayment. We are grateful to supporters for caring and giving during these challenging times. Together we have raised $30,477 and counting! Students, please email FInancial Aid to: request copy of the SPSEF application and submit completed forms and accompanying documentation. Please also reach out with any questions about the SPSEF or the application process. You can also contact Development Coordinator Mary Watts.
Campus Protocol Update: SC-DHEC Updates
As Sherman College diligently monitors state and local COVID-19 guidelines, we are continuously adapting our procedures to follow suggested guideline revisions. Routine temperature screening of all persons entering campus buildings is not recommended at this time. In accordance with this revised recommendation, temperature screenings in the Olsen and Scallon Buildings will be performed randomly throughout the day by Dr. Janice Higgins-Fordree and designated appointees. The Sherman College Health Center will continue using the previous established protocols. As always, if you are sick, feel sick or think you may be sick, please do not come to campus. Please contact Dr. Janice Higgins-Fordree with any questions or concerns.
Campus Protocol Update: CDC Guidelines
Per updated CDC guidelines, Sherman College is making the following revisions to campus protocols:
  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after symptom onset, are fever free for 24 hours and have improvement of symptoms. Exceptions to this would be someone who is immunocompromised and may require a longer quarantine time.
  • Due to the 14-day incubation period of COVID-19, if someone is exposed to COVID19, the individual is required to self-quarantine 14 days to determine if they are infected and to keep from possibly spreading the virus. The 14 day self-quarantine would not apply if an individual is tested after exposure and receives a negative test result..
Student Affairs Offers Support
Recent events and the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis have left many students and employees feeling an abundance of hurt, frustration, confusion, anger, sadness, helplessness, and more. We acknowledge that Sherman College does not have all the answers to your specific concerns, but we want you to know that you and your concerns matter. We are working to build an even stronger campus community where everyone feels valued and supported. Please reach out for help to Student Affairs, Campus Counseling, or any other trusted resource. We are here for you. Let’s grow, let’s heal, and let’s become stronger, together. Email us for assistance.