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College of Podiatric Medicine Modified Spring Schedule

Kent State University applauds Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proactive approach to keeping our state safe during the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 12, Gov. DeWine banned all indoor and outdoor events with more than 100 attendees and provided the estimate that the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio will likely peak between late April and mid-May. As such, remote instruction of face-to face courses has been extended to the remainder of the semester. 

To slow transmission of the virus and consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to limit large gatherings and practice social distancing, the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) is taking the following preventative and proactive actions:

  • March 10-15: Face-to-face classes canceled. 
  • March 12: On Campus Visits and Interviews moved to virtual setting
  • March 16-: Classes begin remote instruction.
  • March 17: March Clinical Rotations are canceled. April rotations will be assessed at a later date. 
  • March 20: CPM Commencement postponed. More information will be forthcoming.
  • March 20: Parking fees will be refunded on a prorated basis ; Meal plans with remaining all-you-care-to-eat swipes will be refunded for the value of those swipes ; Meal plans with remaining declining balance will carry over to the Fall 2020 semester ; Graduating seniors will receive a refund for the value of their all-you-care-to-eat swipes and declining balances. All refunds will be issued by April 30.
  • March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled
  • March 30 - End of Spring Semester: Classes will be held via remote instruction
  • Summer Semester: Classes will be held via remote instruction

Updated Grading Scale Options for Spring Semester 2020

Due to the changes in the delivery of each course, the program will be allowing each student the ability to determine the grading scale they wish to have reported for each course during the Spring 2020 semester only. Availability of this offering will be determined by each course coordinator. In the event that a course coordinator allows for students to determine their grading scale, students may elect to choose a letter grade, or choose a Pass/Fail grade for each individual course in Spring 2020 semester. Students will be able to make individual determinations for each course, however, decisions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 18th, and cannot be changed once submitted. Grading scale decisions will remain anonymous to faculty members - faculty will submit letter grades at the conclusion fo the course, and those will be converted into Pass/Fail if elected.

As of March 26, 2020, only one other DPM program will be offering Pass/Fail for the Spring 2020 semester. In coming years, clerkship and residency programs will be evaluating students based on GPA, among other things. Students should be prepared to explain why they chose a Pass/Fail grading scale should the question arise in the future. 

Pass/Fail Policy

Modified Business Operations

In accordance with Gov. Mike DeWine's order to "shelter in place until further notice", the following modifications to campus operations have been put into effect:

  • CPM Campus is locked and secured from 7am - 7pm as of Friday, March 20th. All faculty and staff will retain building rights with their KSU ID badge.
  • All visitors (guest lecturers, non-CPM KSU employees, key vendors, etc.) must be scheduled in advance. The host of the visitor is responsible for greeting, signing-in and escorting the visitor around campus. All visitors must be signed-out with a departure time noted in the guest book at the Information Desk.
  • Family members and individuals not specifically supporting CPM campus operations are not permitted to visit campus during the "shelter-in-place" order.
  • As a general rule, staff members will be working remotely. They can be reached via their campus telephone extension or email during regular business hours.
  • The Independence branch of the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic (CFAC) is closed for patient care. CFAC Midtown will remain open with limited patient care days. Please contact Stephanie Starks-Anderson with any questions specific to Midtown operations. 
  • Dan Ridgway, Director of Operations & Satellite Facilities and his team (maintenance and custodial) will be operating with a daily skeleton staff (generally one staff member from both functional areas). If you need any assistance with a maintenance or custodial concern, please reach out to the department phone or contact Dan Ridgway.
  • All incoming shipments are being directed to the loading dock and will be processed by the Maintenance team.  Critical outgoing FedEx shipments can be scheduled at any time. Please contact Alice Cummings, Madalynne Stanic Fitzgerald or David Dixon for assistance with urgent items.

CPM Event Updates

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 Coronavirus. CPM wants to assure you that we will always make the best decisions for the health and safety of our event attendees, as well as for the professional development of the podiatric medical community.

At this time, the following CPM events have been officially canceled. Official release can be found at https://www.kent.edu/cpm/2020ARW .

Class of 2020 Commencement

In accordance with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's order to prohibit large gatherings due to COVID-19, Kent State is postponing all in-person Spring Commencement ceremonies and pre-commencement celebrations. CPM was pleased to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement recognition ceremony, which can be viewed at www.kent.edu/commencement. This will not replace the in-person commencement ceremony. All students who graduate in spring 2020 will be invited back to campus for commencement when it is deemed safe to do so. 

What about graduation awards?

  • We are working to release a list of graduation award recipients. Students who receive an award will be mailed a certificate and a check, when applicable. This will be sent to the address you update in Banner.

Can I receive a graduation fee refund?

  • The college is working to refund the fee. Stay tuned for an update.
  • If you (or your special hooder) had paid the rental fee for their regalia, those funds were already refunded to you.

Can I participate in Commencement when it is safe to do so?

  • We understand that CPM graduates will likely be unable to participate when an in-person commencement ceremony is offered to Kent State University graduates due to your residency training. That being said, CPM students will be able to participate if you are able. The date has not been released yet. If you do choose to participate, there will be a fee to cover regalia rental and other items.

Has a faculty member inspired you?

  • Your passion & perseverance have inspired us. Have you been inspired by a CPM faculty member? Please consider providing some feedback to recognize a faculty member who has made a difference to you as a KSUCPM student.

Continue to Take Preventative Measures

It is imperative that we take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid large gatherings and follow social distancing recommendations of 3-6 feet.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.
  • Stay at home while you are ill (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid close contact with others. 
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Ohio Department of Health Fact Sheet: How do you know if it is the cold, flu or COVID-19?