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Palmer COVID-19 Updates and Announcements

Update as of July 28, 2020

Dear Palmer West Students and Employees,

We’re all very pleased that we’re now able to resume critical face-to-face lab instruction. Professional education is the mission of Palmer College, and at the same time, the health of Palmer West’s community is of paramount concern. We’ve been working with health authorities and other experts to put in place campus policies and procedures that will provide the safest learning environment possible. We must all come together as a community to meet this common goal by demonstrating concern for each other and a willingness to each do our part. Failure to adhere to these measures could mean a return to distance education.

The health and safety requirements outlined below must be followed and will be enforced. Failure to adhere to the requirements will be promptly addressed and may lead to discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Be aware that changes to the following may become necessary as regulations and conditions warrant.

Please read, understand and follow the information provided below.  

Returning to San Jose

  • Students not currently residing in the Bay Area are strongly encouraged to return at least one week in advance to allow for a self-quarantine period before returning to campus.
  • Everyone should observe all social distancing and protective measures required and recommended by the state of California and Santa Clara County when outside of their residences to minimize risk of exposure. https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/order-health-officer-07-02-20.aspx
  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to form small “social bubbles,” ideally with their housemates and families, and refrain from socializing outside their bubbles to minimize potential for exposure and expedite contact tracing if necessary.

Daily Campus Entry Requirements Apply to All Individuals (per Santa Clara County)

  • All employees and students must complete the COVID-19 screening process each day they come to campus. Palmer is working on a phone app to make this process easy and efficient. Further details will be provided to the Palmer West community as soon as possible. “Cleared” individuals will receive a wristband to indicate their “cleared” status for the day. Those attempting to enter without completing the screening form will not be permitted to enter.
  • All students and employees must enter the building through only the North or South entrances and go through security screening there. Only Clinic staff, Clinic faculty, and patients may enter through the Clinic entrance, where their screening will take place.
  • Individuals not “cleared” by the screening app must stay or return home and observe labs remotely for the protection of the entire community. No one can enter the building if they have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or recent loss of taste or smell.
  • Face coverings* are required throughout the building and must be properly worn at all times.** All employees and students are required to supply their own masks.
  • Everyone should maintain a safe physical distance of at least six feet from other individuals at all times. (Unless specifically allowed in face-to-face lab settings or the Clinic.)
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching their faces.
  • Everyone should cover sneezes and coughs with a cloth, a tissue or their elbow.
  • Don’t shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
  • In accordance with the recent order from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, a summary of Palmer West’s Social Distancing Protocol can be found here.

Face-to Face Lab Instruction Information

  • Please be aware that the campus is open only for face-to-face instruction and to facilitate distance-learning. Other functions normally associated with the campus will either not be open or they’ll be very limited. Non-classroom related functions should continue to be conducted online.
    • The Palmer Cafe, gym, student lounge and student organization offices won’t be open for use. Classrooms will be locked when not in use.
    • The Library will continue to function as with shelter-in-place restrictions. Library traffic should be limited to checking out or returning books, assistance, and as an overflow area if your homeroom has reached social distancing capacity.
    • Bookstore access will continue to be limited; further details are forthcoming.
    • The Admissions and Student Services offices will be closed to walk-in traffic; however, staff will be available by phone, email, and Teams.
    • Tuition and fee payments and forms can be dropped off in the drop-box in the North Lobby. Receipts will be emailed to students.
  • All lab content will return to small-group in-person instruction effective August 17 except:
    • Fundamentals of Physiology
    • Radiographic Anatomy I, II
    • X-ray Physics
    • Differential Diagnosis I
    • Diagnostic Imaging I, II, III
  • For the summer term only, students unable to return to campus or preferring not to engage in face-to-face lab instruction can opt to remotely observe broadcasts of lab sessions.
    • Students opting out of face-to-face instruction must notify the instructor and associate dean Brian Nook by email.
  • Students wishing to attend in person, but not wanting to have contact with another individual, may have the option of demonstrating on “Bob” models or CPR mannequins.
    • Models will be disinfected between use.
  • Certain higher risk skills, such as evaluation of eyes, nose and throat, and supine adjustments, may be deferred or demonstrated on a mannequin rather than practiced on other students.
  • Break periods between adjacent lecture – lab or lab – lecture sessions have been extended to 20 minutes effective August 17 to allow most students to get to and from campus to attend in-person vs. online instruction.
    • All students who live close to campus should return home.
    • A new class schedule will be sent once finalized.
  • On-campus space will be available for student who need to attend online courses due to insufficient time to return home.
    • Students who are unable to transition in the allotted time should report to their assigned homeroom and use the allocated space provided in each room.  Each room has a set social distancing capacity that can’t be surpassed. If your homeroom has reached capacity, you should then report to the large area of the library to the allocated desk spaces. This will ensure social distancing, minimize contacts and facilitate tracing.
    • Social distancing protocols will remain strictly enforced in these spaces.
  • Labs with more than one instructor performing the same tasks will be split into sub-groups and different rooms to minimize contacts.
  • When feasible, students will be consistently paired with the same partner in lab section or sub-group to minimize the number of individuals contacted.
    • Students in the same lab section(s) living in the same households will be partnered with each other for labs when feasible.
    • Students should determine who their lab partner will be for all labs based on living contact or consistency. Please inform the lab faculty who your partner will be for this quarter. Lab faculty will not require or allow students to practice on multiple partners during this time.
  • Disinfectant cleanser and hand-sanitizer will be available in all lab and homerooms.
    • Tables will be cleaned between partner use by the students in both labs and homerooms.
    • Hand sanitizer should be used after contacting partners.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds after every lab session.
    • Students are encouraged to bring a large towel to cover the table for their use.
  • Make-up hands-on skill labs will start the week of August 17 and continue in the fall term.
    • Attendance is voluntary and many will have limited capacities. Please await further instructions about how to sign-up.
    • Protocols to ensure equitable access amongst students will be communicated.
    • Some make-up sessions will be limited to those students who missed the content during the spring or first half of the summer term.
  • Lab courses’ final exams will be held in-person during week 10, except for those labs that remain online and for first quarter students.
  • All students are expected to be present for in-person labs planned for the fall term.

Additional COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

  • If a person within the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, the following measures will be taken by the College:
    • Immediately remove the individual from the campus and instruct them to go home, isolate for at least 14 days, and seek professional care as appropriate.
    • Notify the Santa Clara County Health Department within four hours of learning about the case.
    • Immediately close the specific location within the campus occupied by the affected individual until decontamination and sanitization is complete.
    • Increase air circulation in any area used by the affected individual.
    • Identify all individuals who had close contact with the affected individual within the last 48 hours. “Close” means within six feet of the affected person for at least 15 minutes.
    • Comply with any case investigation and contact tracing measures by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
    • Exclude all close contacts of the affected individual from campus for at least 14 days and strongly encourage them to be tested for COVID-19.
    • Instruct all others on campus who are not identified as close contacts to carefully self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for helping ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

Palmer West President

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*Protective face coverings must cover the nose, mouth and chin

**Instructors may lecture without a facemask, for voice clarity, provided they maintain six-foot social distancing

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Update as of July 22, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Return to previous Academic Deadlines and Grading Policies for the summer 2020 term

During the spring 2020 academic term, the College implemented temporary modifications to College policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the College extended course drop dates, college withdrawal dates and implemented a Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option for all courses. The College is returning to its previous academic deadlines and grading practices for the summer 2020 academic term as indicated below:

  • Dropping individual courses and processing complete withdrawals (dropping all classes) for the summer 2020 academic term can be done through the Office of the Registrar through:
    • Main Campus: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
    • Palmer Florida and West campuses: Tuesday, August 28, 2020
  • Each course syllabus will indicate whether an earned letter or Pass/Fail grade scale is used in the course. The option for a student to choose Pass/Fail (P/F) in any class is not available during the summer term.

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9:30 a.m.

Memo to the Palmer West Community

Palmer West is pleased to announce that we will resume most face-to face skill-based courses/labs starting on Monday, August 17. Recent communications from the state of California and Santa Clara County have cleared the way for in-person training of essential workers, including chiropractors. Further information regarding Palmer’s Social Distancing Protocols and lab procedures will be forthcoming.

Major information points for now are:

  • All lecture content will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the summer term.
  • Most lab content will return to face-to-face delivery effective August 17. Some labs, such as Diagnostic Imaging, Radiographic Anatomy and Physiology, are effectively taught online and will remain so for the summer term.
  • For the summer term only, students unable to return to campus on August 17, or preferring not to engage in face-to-face lab instruction, may opt to remotely observe broadcasts of lab sessions online. However, all students enrolled in face-to-face labs must return to campus for lab finals in September. Lab finals will not be conducted online.
  • “Make-up” face-to-face skill labs will also begin the week of August 17, and will continue into the fall term.
  • Breaks between classes will be extended to 20 minutes, effective August 17. A revised schedule will be communicated once finalized. This will allow most students to get to and from campus to attend both scheduled online and face-to-face classes. Campus space will be made available for students needing to attend on-line classes between face-to-face classes.
  • The health of the Palmer West community is of paramount concern. Consequently, the College is working closely with health authorities on a detailed Social Distancing Protocol and other COVOD-19 related procedures in order to provide as safe an educational environment as possible. These will be communicated as soon as possible.

Thank you. Best wishes and stay safe!

Sincerely,

 

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H.

Palmer West President

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Update as of July 15, 2020

Dear Palmer Main and Florida Students and Employees,

The start of the new term includes rules to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community. The College’s goal this term is to safely deliver hands-on instruction. The ability to meet this goal relies on adherence to reasonable safety measures. Failure to meet this goal could mean a return to distance education.

The health and safety requirements, outlined below, must be followed, and will be enforced.  Failure to adhere to the requirements will be promptly addressed and may lead to discipline, up to and including suspension/expulsion.

Please appreciate an outbreak within our faculty could result in the inability to provide instruction.

We must come together as a community with a common goal, demonstrate concern for each other, and the willingness to each do our part.

The following health and safety rules apply to all students, faculty, staff and administration:

  • Protective face coverings* are always required in classrooms**.
  • Protective face coverings are always required in clinic.
  • Protective face coverings are required in campus common areas where six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained — Library, Skywalk, hallways, etc.

The College is taking the following actions:

  • Provide students with one free face mask every 30 days from the Welcome Center
  • Provide face masks for purchase at the Palmer Bookstore
  • Disinfect the campus using EPA-approved disinfectant nightly
  • Clean common and high-touch areas daily
  • Provide hand sanitizers and disinfectant solutions in classrooms and around campus
  • Screen all visitors upon check-in at the Bechtel Center***
  • Screen all patients/visitors entering the Palmer Clinics
  • Require all patients/visitors entering the Palmer Clinics to wear protective face coverings
  • Require all employees and students to self-screen before coming on campus each day

Thank you for helping ensure the health and safety of the Palmer community and the continuation of our program during challenging times.

Sincerely,

 

Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D.

College Provost

 

* Protective face coverings must cover the nose, mouth and chin

** Instructors may lecture without a facemask, for voice clarity, provided they maintain six-foot social distancing

*** Health-screening questionnaire and temperature check

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Update as of July 9, 2020

Summer Term Safety and Curriculum Update

Palmer College is preparing for the start of the summer term next week. Please read the attached document that provides important updates and direction. It will also be posted on the Palmer App and emailed to students.

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Update as of June 17, 2020

The Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation has been updated. References to “Hot Spots” and associated quarantine requirements have been removed.

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Update as of June 16, 2020

Main Campus Students and Employees,

Palmer has developed a plan for student and employee safe return to campus. With crowd restrictions remaining in place and COVID-19 still active in our community, we are unable to fully return to normal operations. The summer 2020 term will be a trimester of transition back to in-person program delivery. Plans for the summer 2020 term include implementation of safety protocols to follow while on campus and temporary modifications to instructional delivery.

General Safety Protocols

  • Prior to returning to campus, all students and employees will complete a one-time COVID-19 Self-Assessment acknowledgement form to ascertain current health status. Individuals must then continue to conduct daily self-monitoring of symptoms before coming to campus. All employees and students must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus. Information will be sent to Palmer emails.
  • Enhanced disinfection cleaning will be done nightly using EPA-approved disinfectant. Common and high-touch areas will be cleaned frequently during the day.
  • Hand sanitizers and disinfectant solutions will be available in classrooms and around campus.
  • Face coverings are required in campus commons areas; cafeterias, hallways; elevators; stairwells; classroom settings; and other campus areas, where six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • All employees and students are encouraged to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching their faces.
  • All campus visitors will enter through the Welcome Center and complete a health assessment screening.

Please watch the Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation for more details about safety protocols for returning to campus.

Instructional Information

  • The Summer academic term will begin July 14, 2020 with all students returning to campus.
  • All hands-on/lab instruction and assessment will be delivered in-person and on campus.
  • Lecture-only courses will remain online. The College will continue to monitor social distancing guidelines and return to delivering lectures in-person once restrictions permit larger group gatherings.
  • Select classrooms will be designated quiet spaces and reserved for students to study, participate in online courses, and socially distance while waiting for in-person classes.
  • Written and practical examinations will be administered on campus in a proctored environment complying with social distancing guidelines.
  • A schedule of optional, make-up sessions to practice and receive personal feedback on hands-on skill development from the Spring 2020 term will be available to interested students. These sessions will be offered during the curricular day, evenings and on select weekends for convenience of student participation.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi and Bright Space pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.

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Palmer Florida Students and Employees,

The safety of our students, employees and patients is paramount to Palmer College. In compliance with federal, state and local guidelines and mandates, Palmer College’s Florida campus has developed a plan for the safe return to campus and classes and the transition back to a fully in-person program delivery. Plans for the summer 2020 term include implementation of safety protocols to follow while on campus and temporary modifications to instructional delivery.

General Safety Protocols

  • Prior to returning to campus, all students and employees will complete a one-time COVID-19 Self-Assessment acknowledgement form to ascertain current health status. Individuals must then continue to conduct daily self-monitoring of symptoms before coming to campus. All employees and students must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus. Information will be sent to Palmer emails.
  • Enhanced disinfection cleaning will be done nightly using EPA-approved disinfectant. Common and high-touch areas will be cleaned frequently during the day.
  • Hand sanitizers and disinfectant solutions will be available around campus.
  • All employees, students and visitors will be required to provide and wear a face covering while in interior common areas including classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, etc.
  • All employees and students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds and avoid touching their faces.
  • All campus visitors will enter through the Welcome Center in Building One and complete a health assessment screening.
  • Room modifications will assure appropriate social distancing.
  • The campus will close to students and employees at 9:00 p.m.
  • The Library will observe the following hours, subject to available coverage.
    • 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday
    • 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday
    • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday

Please watch the Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation for more details about safety protocols for returning to campus.

Instructional Information

  • All course lectures will begin July 14 and will be delivered online.
  • All hands-on skill training and assessment will be delivered in-person and on campus.
  • Limited, designated space will be available on campus for quiet study and for remote participation of courses.
  • Students should closely monitor course syllabi and Bright Space pages for the most up-to-date information and course requirements.
  • Spring term make-up skill development sessions will be held after normal class hours and on Saturdays. Specific information regarding schedules and sign-up will be provided to students as they are finalized.
  • No Student Council, clubs, events or activities will be held in person at least through Week 5.
  • Center for Business Development events and programs will be delivered remotely.
  • PASS Tutoring will be coordinated by the academic counselors and will be delivered electronically via Brightspace, Teams, Zoom, etc.

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Palmer West students and employees,

Santa Clara County is in early phase II and Shelter-in-Place orders that prohibit the delivery of face-to-face education remain in place, with no established end date. The county has indicated that orders regarding education “for the fall” will be publicized in early July. Based on this information and a desire to provide students with as much certainty as possible, the following timeline for return to campus has been established.

  • The Summer academic term will begin July 13, 2020
  • All courses (lecture and lab) will be delivered online through July 31, 2020
  • Clinics will continue to operate as they are currently.
  • The target date for resumption of hands-on elements of courses (labs) is August 3, 2020.
  • Confirmation or change of the target date for resumption of hands-on instruction will be provided no later than July 10, 2002.
  • It is anticipated that lectures will remain online for the entire term to allow required social distancing and use of lecture rooms for additional lab and study space. The College will continue to monitor social distancing guidelines and return to delivering lectures in-person once restrictions permit larger group gatherings.
  • Written and practical examinations may be administered on campus in a proctored environment when it can be done in compliance with county social distancing and gathering size orders.
  • A schedule of optional, make-up sessions to practice and receive personal feedback on hands-on skill development missed during the Spring 2020 term will be available to interested students once we are able to resume hands-on instruction. These sessions will be offered during the curricular day (activity and lunch hours), evenings and on select weekends for student convenience.
  • Enhanced safely precautions and social distancing practice will be in place on campus, including classrooms and labs, to safeguard the health and well-being of the campus community.

Please watch the Safety & Security PowerPoint presentation for more details about safety protocols for returning to campus.

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Update as of May 19, 2020

A special message from Palmer Florida Campus Clinic Dean, Dr. Shane Carter, D.C., M.B.A.

Dear Class 211 and Class 212 Clinic Interns:

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating the key academic milestone of your education at Palmer College. Because of the extraordinary circumstances we have experienced associated with the COVID-19 crisis, Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus is modifying our usual White Coat Ceremony. We will celebrate the achievements of both our spring and summer 2020 clinic interns while taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community.

As the State of Florida is slowly re-opening and has entered the federal “phase one” plan for re-opening, we are developing plans for limited, separate, in-person induction ceremonies on campus for class 211 and class 212. Both ceremonies will take place on July 13, 2020, on campus in the Standard Process Student Center. Attendance will be restricted to the members of the class and a limited number of administrators and faculty speaker. No guests will be permitted.

  • Class 211 ceremony will be at 11 am.
  • Class 212 ceremony will be at 1 pm.

Clinic interns who are unable to attend will be acknowledged during their respective ceremony. The ceremonies will be live streamed on Palmer’s Facebook page, as well as posted on the Palmer website after the event.

Key points:

  1. Each intern will receive a communication from the Dean of Clinics requesting RSVP information.
  2. Specific ceremony details will be available and posted to the Clinic Brightspace pages by June 1, 2020.
  3. No co-presenters and no guests will be permitted at the White Coat ceremonies.

If you’re unable to return to campus for July 13th ceremonies, the College will supply your clinic pin and email a program from the day of the event.

By the end of the term, spring and summer 2020 incoming clinic interns will have faced not only the usual trials and tribulations of attaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, but also will have overcome the unprecedented situation of rapidly transitioning to remote learning in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re very proud of all of you, appreciative of your commitment, and grateful for how quickly you’ve adapted to changing circumstances.

Thank you for the great fortitude demonstrated during this crisis.

I hope to see you at the ceremonies!

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Update as of May 15, 2020

5 p.m.

Health and safety protocols required on Palmer College of chiropractic campuses

To Our Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We’ll comply with federal, state, and local guidelines to limit the spread of infectious disease. Palmer College students, faculty, and staff will participate in health screenings, practice social distancing, practice good hygiene procedures, and use personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary.

Our continued expectation is that every individual on our campuses—student, faculty, staff, vendor, or other visitor—will follow College health and safety protocols.

As of now, those required protocols include:

  1. Face Coverings
  • Face coverings are required in all Palmer clinics by both patients and staff.
  • Face coverings are optional for all other campus areas. Exception: If six-foot social distancing cannot be maintained in a workspace or classroom, then face coverings are required.
  • If a student or employee needs a face covering, one reusable, cloth mask can be obtained at the Welcome Center front desk. Individuals may use their own personal face covering.
  • Face coverings should cover nose, mouth, and chin.
  1. Physical Distancing
  • Maintain physical distance (at least six feet) at all times, indoors or out (including in elevators, on stairways, in lines, etc.); and
  • Adapt classroom, office, cafeteria, and fitness center environment to fulfill the purpose of physical distancing.
  1. Hygiene
  • Wash hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds, with soap and water);
  • Apply hand sanitizer regularly, especially after coming in contact with “high-touch” areas (doors, elevator buttons, stair railings, public counters, etc.);
  • Regularly disinfect your high-touch areas (desks, counters, phones, door and drawer handles, etc.); and
  • Follow CDC guidelinesfor care and handling of your face covering.
  1. Concern for the Health of Others on Campus
  • Members of the campus community should check their temperatures before reporting to campus;
  • Members of the campus community should NOT come to campus if they:
  • Have a fever of 100.4 degrees or above;
  • Are experiencing any of the other symptoms of COVID-19(these include shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell); or
  • Have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, tested for COVID-19, or with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If a member of the campus community has been exposed to COVID-19 or has had a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, they will complete the appropriate reporting form available on the Palmer SharePoint Site.

Regularly review the Palmer College’s website for further updates.

2 p.m.

The Bittner Center will reopen, under limited hours, beginning Monday, May 18. The hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, some restrictions will apply.

Restrictions

  • Occupancy will be limited to 50 patrons at a time
  • Each patron will be limited to 1.50 hours
  • No group activities will be allowed (except pickleball)
  • Patrons should bring their own water – water dispensers for bottle refill will be open, but water fountains will be closed
  • Social-distancing rules will be strictly enforced
  • No more than 10 people at a time will be allowed to wait in the lobby
  • A real-time tally board will be posted online so patrons can see how full the facility is
  • Upon entering the facility, read posted signs for further instructions

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Update as of May 11, 2020

9 a.m.

A special message from Palmer Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C.

Dear Class 201 Graduates and Class 202 Candidates for Commencement:

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating the key academic milestone of your education at Palmer College. Because of the extraordinary circumstances we have experienced associated with the COVID-19 crisis, Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Campus is modifying our usual Commencement exercises. We will celebrate the achievements of both our winter and spring 2020 graduates while taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community.

As the State of Florida is slowly re-opening and has entered a light version of the federal “phase one” plan for re-opening, we are developing plans for limited, separate, in-person commencement ceremonies on campus for class 201 and class 202. Both ceremonies will take place on June 19, 2020, on campus in the Standard Process Student Center. Attendance will be restricted to graduates and a limited number of administrators and faculty. No guests will be permitted.

  • Class 201 will graduate at 11:00 am.
  • Class 202 will graduate at 2:00 pm.

Graduates who are unable to attend will be acknowledged during their respective ceremony and may choose to participate in the September 25, 2020 Commencement. The June graduation ceremonies will be live streamed on Palmer’s Facebook page, as well as posted on the Palmer website after the event.

Key points:

  1. Each candidate will receive a communication from the Dean of Students requesting RSVP information.
  2. Specific graduation details, including information on graduation clearance, will be available and posted to the Palmer Portal by May 18, 2020.
  3. There will be no graduation banquet for either graduating class.
  4. No co-presenters and no guests will be permitted at the graduation ceremonies.
  5. Caps and gowns will be available on campus June 15-18 and the day of the graduation ceremonies.

If you’re unable to return to campus for June Commencement, the College will send you a package that will include your diploma, diploma cover, honor cord, honor plaques and certificates, and a commemorative program that recognizes your achievements while at Palmer.

By the end of the term, both winter 2020 and spring 2020 graduates will have faced not only the usual trials and tribulations of attaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, but also will have overcome the unprecedented situation of rapidly transitioning to remote learning in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re very proud of all of you, appreciative of your commitment, and grateful for how quickly you’ve adapted to changing circumstances.

Thank you for the great fortitude demonstrated during this crisis.

I hope to see you at the ceremonies!

President Peter Martin, D.C.

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Update as of May 7, 2020

2:15 p.m.

A special message to Main Campus students from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College Chancellor and CEO

Dear Palmer Students:

I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past few months as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I want to make you aware of what we’re planning.

Coursework

  • All course instruction and written examinations will remain online for the remainder of the spring term.
  • Earned grades in all courses will be issued at the end of the spring term. You’ll be academically complete, even though all your instruction was remote.
  • As previously communicated, you have the option of receiving your earned letter grade or requesting a Pass/Fail grade in any class completed during the spring term.
  • Faculty are using remote instruction and/or review of videotaped submissions to provide feedback for hands-on skill development. We want to assure you we’ll be providing additional, optional opportunities for practice and in-person feedback when we return for the summer term.
    • These structured skill-development sessions will be scheduled to allow practice of Adjusting/Technique, Examination Procedures and Radiographic Positioning.
    • There will be no additional charges or fees to participate in the development sessions.
    • These development sessions will be delivered by one or more assigned faculty.
    • These experiences are intended to provide students extra practice and formative feedback for developing important hands-on skills.
    • These sessions will be offered multiple times according to student needs, schedules and faculty availability. Options may include during the day, as schedules permit, after the curricular day (late afternoon/early evening), and/or on select weekends.
    • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling practice time will be developed.
  • Our goal is to have students return to campus for the summer term, understanding there may be new or ongoing public-health standards in place.
    • Students will return to campus for in-class lectures and/or hands-on training effective July 14, 2020.
    • If social-distancing and crowd-size limits are in place, we’ll allow as many students to attend in-class lectures as the restrictions permit, with the remaining students engaging remotely. However, all students will need to be in the area to participate in hands-on training.
    • An equitable system will be developed to best meet students’ desires for in-class lecture attendance.
    • Arrangements will be made for all students to participate in hands-on training.

Clinics

  • As soon as federal, state and local rules permit, we’ll open clinics for patient care with student participation. Hours of operation may be expanded as needed.
  • Student participation during the summer break is voluntary.
  • Palmer College will require student attendance effective July 14, 2020.
  • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling floor hours will be developed.

Financial implications

Health, safety and well-being

  • Counseling and other support services are available. See the COVID-19 FAQ for a full list of resources.
  • When you return, you’ll see appropriate protocols are in place for your continued safety.

We recognize these are times of considerable uncertainty; however, we want to share our plans for this and next term knowing that external forces will continue to impact our decisions. On behalf of our faculty and staff, we are incredibly proud of your continued commitment to learning and professional development during these difficult times and appreciate your patience and flexibility.

We remain fully committed to providing the highest standard of education that has always distinguished Palmer College.

Be safe, support one another, and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Sincerely,

Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Chancellor and CEO
Palmer College of Chiropractic

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PALMER FLORIDA

A special message from Palmer Florida Campus President Peter Martin, D.C.

Dear Palmer Florida Students:

I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past few months as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I want to make you aware of what we’re planning.

Coursework

  • All course instruction and written examinations will remain online for the remainder of the spring term.
  • Earned grades in all courses will be issued at the end of the spring term. You’ll be academically complete, even though all your instruction was remote.
  • As previously communicated, you have the option of receiving your earned letter grade or requesting a Pass/Fail grade in any class completed during the spring term.
  • Faculty are using remote instruction and/or review of videotaped submissions to provide feedback for hands-on skill development. We want to assure you we’ll be providing additional, optional opportunities for practice and in-person feedback when we return for the summer term.
    • These structured skill-development sessions will be scheduled to allow practice of Adjusting/Technique, Examination Procedures and Radiographic Positioning.
    • There will be no additional charges or fees to participate in the development sessions.
    • These development sessions will be delivered by one or more assigned faculty.
    • These experiences are intended to provide students extra practice and formative feedback for developing important hands-on skills.
    • These sessions will be offered multiple times according to student needs, schedules and faculty availability.
    • Options may include during the day, as schedules permit, after the curricular day (late afternoon/early evening), and/or on select weekends.
    • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling practice time will be developed.
  • Our goal is to have students return to campus for the summer term, understanding there may be new or ongoing public-health standards in place.
    • Students will return to campus for in-class lectures and/or hands-on training effective July 14, 2020.
    • If social-distancing and crowd-size limits are in place, we’ll allow as many students to attend in-class lectures as the restrictions permit, with the remaining students engaging remotely. However, all students will need to be in the area to participate in hands-on training.
    • An equitable system will be developed to best meet students’ desires for in-class lecture attendance.
    • Arrangements will be made for all students to participate in hands-on training.

Clinics

  • As soon as federal, state and local rules permit, we’ll open clinics for patient care with student participation. Hours of operation may be expanded as needed.
  • Student participation during the summer break is voluntary.
  • Palmer College will require student attendance effective July 14, 2020.
  • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling floor hours will be developed.

Financial implications

Health, safety and well-being

  • Counseling and other support services are available. See the COVID-19 FAQ for a full list of resources.
  • When you return, you’ll see appropriate protocols are in place for your continued safety.

We acknowledge we remain in times of considerable uncertainty, but I wanted to share our plans at this time, knowing that external forces will impact our decisions. We remain committed to providing the highest standard of education that has always distinguished Palmer College. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Peter Martin, D.C.
Campus President
Palmer Florida

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PALMER WEST

A special message from Palmer West Campus President William Meeker, D.C., MPH, FPAC

Dear Palmer West Students:

I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past few months as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all looking forward to things returning to normal as quickly as possible. I want to make you aware of what we’re planning.

Coursework

  • All course instruction and written examinations will remain online for the remainder of the spring term.
  • Earned grades in all courses will be issued at the end of the spring term. You’ll be academically complete, even though all your instruction was remote.
  • As previously communicated, you have the option of receiving your earned letter grade or requesting a Pass/Fail grade in any class completed during the spring term.
  • Faculty are using remote instruction and/or review of videotaped submissions to provide feedback for hands-on skill development. We want to assure you we’ll be providing additional, optional opportunities for practice and in-person feedback when we return for the summer term.
    • These structured skill-development sessions will be scheduled to allow practice of Adjusting/Technique, Examination Procedures and Radiographic Positioning.
    • There will be no additional charges or fees to participate in the development sessions.
    • These development sessions will be delivered by one or more assigned faculty.
    • These experiences are intended to provide students extra practice and formative feedback for developing important hands-on skills.
    • These sessions will be offered multiple times according to student needs, schedules and faculty availability.
    • Options may include during the day, as schedules permit, after the curricular day (late afternoon/early evening), and/or on select weekends.
    • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling practice time will be developed.
  • Our goal is to have students return to campus for the summer term, understanding there may be new or ongoing public-health standards in place.
    • Students will return to campus for in-class lectures and/or hands-on training effective July 13, 2020.
    • If social-distancing and crowd-size limits are in place, we’ll allow as many students to attend in-class lectures as the restrictions permit, with the remaining students engaging remotely. However, all students will need to be in the area to participate in hands-on training.
    • An equitable system will be developed to best meet students’ desires for in-class lecture attendance.
    • Arrangements will be made for all students to participate in hands-on training.

Clinics

  • As soon as federal, state and local rules permit, we’ll open clinics for patient care with student participation. Hours of operation may be expanded as needed.
  • Student participation during the summer break is voluntary.
  • Palmer College will require student attendance effective July 13, 2020.
  • As there will likely be social-distancing and crowd-size limitations, an equitable system for scheduling floor hours will be developed.

Financial implications

Health, safety and well-being

  • Counseling and other support services are available. See the COVID-19 FAQ for a full list of resources.
  • When you return, you’ll see appropriate protocols are in place for your continued safety.

We acknowledge we remain in times of considerable uncertainty, but I wanted to share our plans at this time, knowing that external forces will impact our decisions. We remain committed to providing the highest standard of education that has always distinguished Palmer College. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

William Meeker, D.C., MPH, FPAC
Campus President
Palmer West

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Update as of April 30, 2020

4:15 p.m

Below is a special message from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor and CEO, regarding June 2020 commencement for Main Campus.

Dear Spring 2020 Candidate for Commencement:

Congratulations! We look forward to celebrating the key academic milestone of your education at Palmer College. Because of the extraordinary circumstances we’re experiencing this term associated with the COVID-19 crisis, Palmer College is modifying our usual Commencement exercises. We’ll celebrate the achievements of our spring 2020 graduates while taking appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the Palmer community.

If Commencement were held this week, it would be a virtual ceremony. At this point, based on Iowa and Scott County directives, we’re prohibited from holding any event of greater than 10 people. However, we remain hopeful that Iowa will move Scott County into an “opening phase,” which will allow us to host a limited in-person ceremony on Friday, June 19 at 11 a.m., in Vickie Anne Palmer Hall. Attendance will be restricted to graduates, two guests per graduate, and a limited number of administrators and faculty.

Graduates who are unable to attend will be acknowledged during the ceremony and may choose to participate in the October 23, 2020 Commencement. The June and October ceremonies will be live streamed on Palmer’s Facebook page, as well as posted on the Palmer website after the event.

Key points:
1. Each candidate will receive a communication from the Office of the Registrar requesting RSVP information.
2. On June 5, based on guidelines for Iowa and Scott County, a decision will be made on whether we’ll proceed with the desired in-person June 19 ceremony, or if we’ll need to shift to a virtual Commencement.
3. On Thursday, June 18, regardless of the graduation type (virtual or in-person) a campus photographer and I will be available for photo opportunities. Campus locations and times will be made available at a later date.
4. Specific graduation details, including information on photo opportunities and graduation clearance will be available and posted to the Palmer Portal by May 15, 2020.
5. The graduation banquet scheduled for Thursday, June 18 is cancelled. Awards customarily presented during the banquet will be presented during the Commencement ceremony.

If you’re unable to return to campus for June Commencement, the College will send you a package that will include your diploma, diploma cover, honor cord, honor plaques and certificates, and a commemorative program that recognizes your achievements while at Palmer.

By the end of the term, spring 2020 graduates will have faced not only the usual trials and tribulations of attaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, but also will have overcome the unprecedented situation of rapidly transitioning to remote learning in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re very proud of all of you, appreciative of your commitment, and grateful for how quickly you’ve adapted to changing circumstances.

Thank you for the great fortitude demonstrated during this crisis.

I hope to see you at the ceremonies!

 

View the PDF letter: June 2020 Commencement Letter

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Update as of April 28, 2020

8:30 a.m.

Much has been communicated recently in the national media and social media about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). In short, the HEERF is a federal program established to provide emergency funding for higher-education students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re pleased to report that Palmer College applied for funds and received notice on April 26 that our application was approved. Palmer is now required to go through an additional process to gain access to those funds. If everything goes as planned, we expect to receive $404,695 to be disbursed among eligible students. Only U.S. students who have completed their FAFSA and receive U.S. Federal Student Aid will be eligible for HEERF funds. Eligible students who have not filed the FAFSA and have not been awarded a Federal Direct Loan must file a FAFSA to be considered for this assistance.

Our Financial Planning Office is working on plans now for disbursement of the funds, once received. We’ll let you know as soon as we can. We look forward to providing these funds to our students. If you have questions, please consult the websites linked above, or contact the Financial Planning Office.

Palmer continues to search for substantial financial and academic resources to assist our students during these uncertain times. We look forward to being able to share more good news with you very soon.

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Update as of April 22, 2020

3:15 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 within the regions of our campus communities. We appreciate your understanding and support during this very fluid situation. We understand students have a lot of questions during this time and will continue to communicate with you as new guidance becomes available.

When will in-person classes resume?

Online instruction at Palmer’s three campuses will continue through at least May 15. If new guidance from regional, state and federal officials becomes available, we’ll adjust this date and communicate with the entire Palmer community immediately.

When a decision is made to resume in-person class instruction, we’ll make every effort to announce the start date at least five business days prior.

How will I receive the hands-on training needed to develop my clinical skills?

Faculty are using BrightSpace to provide didactic lectures, including demonstration of hands-on skills. To the extent possible, they’re offering opportunities for video feedback of skill demonstration to ensure students are progressing in their clinical skill development. Additionally, Academic Affairs is developing plans to deliver condensed hands-on experiences when we’re able to return to campus.

Will graduation be impacted?

At this time, we’re planning to hold graduation ceremonies, pending government restrictions on group gatherings and venue availability. The Office of the Registrar is researching alternative options should restrictions on mass gatherings remain.

How will my tuition be impacted?

Tuition for the 2020 summer term will not increase. While online instruction is a new and different environment for much of our curriculum, Palmer College remains committed to providing a high-quality educational experience. Tuition is necessary to provide that education. The College continues to provide course delivery, academic advising, peer tutoring, counseling referral, library services, and student organization support, in addition to our usual IT, registration, financial aid and admissions operations.

View the Palmer College COVID-19 FAQ and Updates for details about student support resources available through Palmer College.

Resources

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Update as of April 9, 2020

4 p.m.

Palmer College has partnered with Innovative Educators to provide students free access to Preparing for Online Learning until May 15th.  Check out the orientation for online learners workshop and the student success workshops designed to help you become a successful online learner.

Directions For Students

To access online resources, visit www.go2ie.com/onlinelearningstudent and follow the next steps:

  • Create an account
  • Fill out the information about who you are and where you study
  • Start utilizing online orientation and student success workshops

Here’s a screencast that shows you how to log in and what’s included in the site: Screencast

Innovative Educators will not contact you for any reason.

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Update as of April 7, 2020

Temporary Changes to Academic Deadlines and Policies for Students

Deadlines will be extended for course drops and withdrawal requests, as follows:

The course drop date and college withdrawal date have been extended from the term mid-point to the last day of scheduled courses for the spring 2020 academic term. Dropping individual courses and processing complete withdrawals (dropping all classes) for the spring 2020 academic term can be done through the Office of the Registrar through the last day of classes:
Main Campus: Thursday, June 11
Palmer Florida and Palmer West: Friday, June 12

Optional alternative grading will be added for the spring 2020 academic term:

An additional Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option has been adopted for all courses taught during spring 2020 academic term. Students will choose to receive either the earned letter grade recorded by the instructor, or a P/F designation for each of their courses. The deadline to make this choice is 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. If a P/F designation is not requested by this deadline, the student’s academic record will reflect the earned letter grade.

Details regarding these temporary changes to academic deadlines and policies are available on the Palmer Portal, Student Resources.

A detailed update and FAQs are available online.

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Update as of April 4, 2020

Click on the link below for a special message from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor and CEO.

https://vimeo.com/404134305/9a156ea172
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Update as of April 2, 2020

COVID-19

1 p.m. (EDT)

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

The following information is specific to Palmer Florida.

The state of Florida has announced a stay-at-home order.

Key notes:

  • The stay-at-home order is effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, April 3 and will remain in place until at least April 30.
  • People, particularly seniors and vulnerable populations, are advised to leave their homes only to take care of essential errands.
  • Hospitals, grocery stores, banks and pharmacies will remain open.
  • All non-essential gatherings of 10 or more people are banned.

Palmer College status

  • In light of these developments, the Palmer Florida campus is open only for purposes of facilitating distance learning and other essential functions.
  • Only essential personnel should report to campus for work.

Resources

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Update as of April 1, 2020

3:30 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities. We appreciate your understanding and support during this very fluid situation.

Based on updated guidance, Palmer College has extended online instruction and remote work through at least May 1.

Palmer College is limiting the number of people on campus to adhere to national and state social-distancing recommendations. The majority of employees are working remotely.

Palmer College’s campuses are open only for purposes of facilitating distance learning and other essential functions. When a decision is made to resume in-person class instruction, we’ll make every effort to announce the start date at least five business days prior.

Based on state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of where we are today on all three Palmer College campuses.

Main Campus

  • The state of Iowa is asking all Iowans to continue to practice social distancing.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least May 1.
  • April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • Palmer’s main clinic remains open for non-routine emergent care. Hours are posted online and at the clinic entrance. Faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Palmer Florida

  • Online instruction will continue through at least May 1.
  • The new term begins April 7 and instruction will take place online.
  • New-student and clinic orientation will take place online on April 6.
  • The state of Florida also is asking people arriving in Florida from Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York to self-quarantine for 14 days. Details are online.
  • April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer Florida clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Palmer West

  • The San Francisco Bay Area (including Santa Clara County) “stay-at-home” order has been extended to May 3. New guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health is more restrictive than the previous order. Updates can be found online.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least May 1.
  • The spring term begins April 6.
  • The campus will be closed April 10 for spring holiday.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer West clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • Palmer West Homecoming scheduled for May 1-3 has been canceled.

Resources

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Update as of March 23, 2020

3:45 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities. We appreciate your understanding and support during this very fluid situation.

When a decision is made to resume in-person class instruction, we’ll make every effort to announce the start date at least five business days prior.   

Based on state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of where we are today on all three Palmer College campuses. 

Main Campus

  • Through at least April 13, 2020, Palmer College is limiting the number of people on campus to adhere to national and state social-distancing recommendations for the health and safety of our campus communities. The majority of employees are working remotely.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space. Social distancing should be practiced.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least April 9. April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • Palmer’s main clinic remains open for non-routine emergent care. Hours are posted online and at the clinic entrance. Appropriate screenings, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety practices are in place. Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All routine clinic appointments are being rescheduled. In addition, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • All food service is suspended.
  • The Palmer Bookstore is open 8-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Library hours are reduced. Hours are posted online and at the library entrance.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • Palmer Family Residence tours are canceled.
  • The Bittner Center is closed.

Palmer Florida

  • Through at least April 13, 2020, Palmer College is limiting the number of people on campus to adhere to national and state social-distancing recommendations for the health and safety of our campus communities. The majority of Palmer employees are working remotely.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space. Social distancing should be practiced.
  • The Florida campus will be closed to students during break, March 30-April 3.
  • The new term is scheduled to begin April 7 and will continue via online instruction through at least April 9. April 10 and 13 are campus holidays and the campus will be closed.
  • The Palmer Bookstore is open 8-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer Florida clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • All food service is suspended.
  • Library hours have been reduced. Hours are posted online and at the library entrance.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.

Palmer West

  • California is on an indefinite “stay-at-home” order.
  • Palmer West is open only for purposes of facilitating distance learning and other essential functions.
  • Rules for social distancing are being maintained.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least April 9. The campus is closed April 10 for spring holiday.
  • The Palmer Bookstore is closed. Plans are being developed to provide supplies to current students when they return from break.
  • Due to unavailability of required personal protective equipment (PPE), the Palmer West clinic is closed. However, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • Palmer West Homecoming scheduled for May 1-3 has been canceled.

Resources


 

12:11 p.m.

Palmer West

Palmer West Homecoming, scheduled for May 1-3, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with California Department of Public Health guidelines.

Palmer College of Chiropractic offers additional ways for you to earn continuing-education credits. Visit https://palmercc.brightspace.com/ to view all online offerings.
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Update as of March 22, 2020

2:40 p.m.

Click on the link below for a special message from Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer College of Chiropractic Chancellor and CEO.

https://vimeo.com/399487027/84a435372d

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Update as of March 19, 2020

5 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

Based on recent state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of key changes as of today regarding the Palmer Clinics.

Palmer West

  • Due to unavailability of required protective equipment, the Palmer West clinic is suspending operations as of 2 p.m. today. The personal protective equipment is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All Palmer Clinic appointments are being rescheduled. Faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Palmer Florida

  • Due to unavailability of required protective equipment, the Palmer Florida clinic is suspending operations as of 2 p.m. today. The personal protective equipment is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff.  Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All Palmer Clinic appointments are being rescheduled. Faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Main Campus

  • Palmer’s main clinic remains open for non-routine emergent care. Hours are posted online and at the clinic entrance. Appropriate screenings, personal protective equipment and safety practices are in place. Student interns should not report for assigned shifts. All routine clinic appointments are being rescheduled. In addition, faculty clinicians are available by phone to answer patient questions.

Resources


 

2:45 p.m.

Main Campus

In light of the current situation, Palmer College is offering free van transportation to local grocery stores to pick up essentials for those students who don’t have transportation. Based on interest, vans will leave campus every Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m. from the Palmer Visitor Lot. Please RSVP by 9 a.m. each Tuesday or Friday by emailing lora.schroeder@palmer.edu or heather.wright@palmer.edu. This service will begin on Friday, March 20. If you have questions, call Student Services at 563-884-5838, or 563-884-5857.

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Update as of March 17, 2020

4:30 p.m.

Based on recent state and federal guidance, the following is a summary of key changes as of today on the Palmer campuses.

Palmer West

  • Palmer West is closed due the Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order issued on March 16. This order is in place until at least April 7.
  • Students should not report for Clinic shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.
  • National board (NBCE) examinations have been rescheduled for May 2 and 3. Any student signed up for boards should have received notification from NBCE.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least Thursday, March 26.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.

Palmer Florida

  • All food service is suspended.
  • Clinic hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the clinic entrance. Student interns are not required to report for assigned shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.
  • Library hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the library entrance.
  • National board (NBCE) examinations have been rescheduled for May 2 and 3. Any student signed up for boards should have received notification from NBCE.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least Friday, April 3.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • All unused facilities on campus will be sanitized and sealed, allowing custodial to increase sanitation on open campus spaces.

Main Campus

  • All food service is suspended.
  • Clinic hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the clinic entrance. Student interns are not required to report for assigned shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.
  • Library hours will be reduced. Hours will be posted online and at the library entrance.
  • National board (NBCE) examinations have been rescheduled for May 2 and 3. Any student signed up for boards should have received notification from NBCE.
  • No group of more than 10 people should gather in a public space.
  • Online instruction will continue through at least Friday, April 3.
  • All in-person continuing-education events through the end of April have been canceled.
  • All unused facilities on campus will be sanitized and sealed, allowing custodial to increase sanitation on open campus spaces.
  • Palmer Family Residence tours are canceled.
  • The Bittner Center is closed.

 

12:05 p.m.

Upcoming in-person CE events canceled

Palmer cares about your health and about your continuing education needs. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, and to abide by federal guidelines and state restrictions, we’re canceling the live seminar scheduled for March 28, 2020: Clinical Care of the Chiropractic Patient, Part II and the live seminar scheduled for April 25, 2020: Sports and Chiropractic Symposium.

If you need continuing education hours to meet license renewal requirements and your state accepts online or distance credits, Palmer College does offer online continuing education courses. Current course offerings can be found here: https://palmercc.brightspace.com/search#palmer-online-calendar

If you have questions regarding continuing education, please email us at palmerce@palmer.edu.


 

11:45 a.m.

The following information pertains to Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus only.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced the following this morning.

The following restrictions will go into effect in the State of Iowa effective at noon today, March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020:

  • Restaurants and bars will be closed to the public. Carry-out and drive through services will be allowed.
  • Fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms and aquatic centers are to be closed.
  • Casinos and gaming facilities are closed.
  • Any gatherings of greater than 10 people are prohibited in public spaces.
  • Senior citizen and adult daycare facilities closed.

As a result:

  • Palmer College’s R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center will close at noon today.
  • All food service close as of 12:30 (CDT) today. (This also applies to Palmer Florida and Palmer West).
  • Library services remain open, but will be limited to no more than 10 people at time.
  • NBCE Exams scheduled for this weekend are canceled. NBCE will communicate with students registered for the exam. (This applies to all three Palmer campuses).

 

11:15 a.m.

A message from Dr. Marchiori

Dear Members of the Palmer Community,

I want to thank you for your extraordinary flexibility, understanding, patience and cooperation as we respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Each member of our Palmer community is being called upon during these difficult and rapidly changing circumstances to make individual sacrifices for the benefit of others. I’m especially grateful to the many employees who are working tirelessly to continue essential college operations and safeguard our community and mission.

Our community strength is more palpable than the anxieties that threaten us. There is, of course, more uncertainty on the horizon as current circumstances challenge us professionally and personally, but please remain confident that we will get through this together. Challenging times, like those faced by previous generations of Palmer communities, will ultimately strengthen us.

Please continue to monitor college alerts, emails, and web posts for updates. The College’s leadership team, under the direction of our Board of Trustees, has established guiding principles to navigate the challenges of this worldwide crisis.

Our decisions are guided by the advice of national, state and local authorities with the following outcomes in mind:

  • Safeguarding the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and patients
  • Ensuring continuity of our educational programs
  • Maintaining the college’s research program and other operations
  • Joining the collaborative efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19

Operationally, much has changed over the last week. We’ve modified our course instruction and patient care, limited campus gatherings, and restricted travel.  Additional measures will be taken as needed and we will learn as we go.

We are working with state and national accreditors to help ensure continuity of our educational programs. Our Human Resources department is developing short-term plans to help managers and employees navigate staffing issues.

Through these changes, we remain committed to the highest standard of excellence that has always distinguished Palmer College.

We encourage all members of the college community to self-monitor for symptoms and adopt best practices to maintain your health and vitality.

Please be safe!

 

Regards,

 

Dennis Marchiori

Chancellor and CEO

Palmer College of Chiropractic

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Update as of March 16, 2020

4:20 p.m.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

The following information is specific to Palmer West.

California public health officials today announced “shelter in place” status for six California counties including Santa Clara County. We recommend that all members of the Palmer West community follow the shelter in place guidelines announced today. Counties included: San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Key points:

  • The shelter-in-place order becomes effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 and will remain in place until at least April 7.
  • People, particularly vulnerable populations, are advised to leave their homes only to take care of essential errands.
  • Counties are shutting down all but the most critical operations.
  • Hospitals, grocery stores, banks and pharmacies will remain open.
  • All “routine medical appointments” and elective procedures are to be canceled or rescheduled.
  • All non-essential gatherings of any size are now banned.

In light of ongoing developments regarding the COVID-19 virus, Palmer West is taking the following measures:

  • All in-person lab finals are cancelled, effective immediately.
  • Lab testing will be done online.
  • More details will be forthcoming.
  • Students should not report for Clinic shifts. All routine Palmer Clinic appointments will be rescheduled.

Continue to take necessary precautions

The CDC continues to encourage everyday precautions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 ft.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol content.

If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health provider.

Resources


 

10 a.m.

MAIN CAMPUS Update

The following update is specific to Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus.  

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

Given recent developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus classes and labs are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020.

Classes and labs will resume online through Brightspace beginning Wednesday, March 18. We expect all instruction to remain online through at least April 3, 2020.

Classes will be delivered online in real time (synchronous) and/or recorded (asynchronous).

During this time, your instructors will use Brightspace for course communications. They will continue to post course materials like important emails, assignments, lecture notes, readings, discussions and possibly referrals to outside materials within Brightspace. It is imperative for students to monitor Brightspace for important communications.

Although classrooms and labs will be closed, the campus remains open. In accordance with CDC recommendations, crowd and activity restrictions are in place in the Bittner Center, library and other campus spaces.

Palmer Quad Cities Clinics remain open. To comply with social-distancing and reduce facility crowding, student intern attendance is voluntary.

Key points:

  • All in-person classroom and lab instruction are suspended until at least April 3, 2020.
  • Courses will be delivered online beginning March 18, 2020.
  • All classroom and lab spaces are closed; however, the campus remains open.
  • Students with disabilities and accommodations who may need additional support should reach out to the Coordinator of Disability Services for assistance.
  • Students without home access to the Internet can use the wi-fi on campus.
  • Students should monitor email and Brightspace for course information and updates.
  • Students may access IT assistance by submitting a help-desk ticket, emailing support@palmer.edu or calling the IT Help Desk at (563) 884-5300.
  • The Main campus will remain open for National Board testing. A notification will be sent to scheduled examinees by the National Board should there be changes to the scheduled exams.

The College administration will continue to monitor the situation. Further announcements will be posted to the college website and sent via e-mail.
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Update as of March 15, 2020

9:45 p.m.

MAIN CAMPUS Update

Given Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ announcement tonight and escalating concerns about COVID-19 in the state of Iowa, Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Main campus classes and labs are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, 2020.

An announcement will be made tomorrow to provide further information about the length of closure and alternative methods of instruction.

Although classrooms and labs will be closed, the campus remains open. In accordance with CDC recommendations, crowd restrictions will be in place in the Bittner Center, library and other campus spaces.

The Quad Cities Clinics will be open, but student interns are not required to report for assigned shifts.

All employees are required to report to work as usual.


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2:40 p.m.

PALMER FLORIDA Update

The following update is specific to Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus. Stay tuned for further updates from the Main and West campuses.

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities.

Given recent developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 in the Palmer Florida community, the Florida campus will be immediately suspending all in-person classroom instruction through April 3.

Key points:

  • All in-person classroom and lab instruction is suspended immediately.
  • All classroom and lab spaces will be closed; however, the campus will remain open.
  • Final exams will be delivered online at the times published in the final exam schedule on the Palmer Portal.
  • Students with disabilities and accommodations who may need additional support should reach out to the Coordinator of Disability Services for assistance.
  • Students without home access to the Internet can use the wi-fi on campus.
  • Students should monitor email and BrightSpace for course information and updates.
  • Students may access IT assistance by submitting a help-desk ticket, emailing support@palmer.edu or calling the IT Help Desk at (563) 884-5300.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to work on campus as usual to ensure continuity of services.
  • Palmer Florida Clinics remain open. To comply with social-distancing and reduce facility crowding, student intern attendance is voluntary.
  • Palmer Florida’s Commencement scheduled for March 27 is cancelled to comply with recommended crowd restrictions.
  • The Florida campus will remain open to National Board testing. A notification will be sent to scheduled examinees by the National Board should there be changes to the scheduled exams.

The College administration will continue to monitor the situation and will develop a plan for resuming instruction with the start of the spring term. As the plan is developed, further announcements will be posted to the college website and sent via e-mail.
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Update as of March 13, 2020

7 p.m.

PALMER FLORIDA and PALMER WEST Update

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the progression of COVID-19 cases within the regions of our campus communities. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local public health officials concur that the next month will be critical to containing the spread of the virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a worldwide pandemic.

Our primary focus is student and employee health and safety. Given the current conditions in northern California and central Florida, the College will transition all classroom teaching to on-line instruction at the West and Florida campuses. This change will extend from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, 2020 for Palmer West and end of day Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 3, 2020 for Palmer Florida. All instruction will continue as usual at the main campus. The conditions in Iowa and advice from the Iowa Department of Public Health and local officials will guide any similar administrative actions at the main campus should they be necessary. Further announcements will be posted to the college website and sent via e-mail.

Florida and West Campuses

Summary Information

  • All classroom instruction will be delivered on-line through Brightspace.
  • All classroom spaces will be closed.
  • All campuses will remain open and all services available.
  • Palmer Chiropractic Clinics will remain open and interns are expected to attend their scheduled shifts.
  • Faculty and staff will report as usual, adopting best hygiene and social distancing practices.
  • Students may access their professors through phone, email, chat and virtual office hours through Virtual Classroom.
  • Students may access IT assistance by submitting a help-desk ticket, emailing support@palmer.edu or calling the IT help desk at (563) 884-5300.
  • Any academic questions should be directed to the course faculty or campus academic administration.
  • The campuses will remain open to National Board testing. A notification will be sent to scheduled examinees by the National Board should there be changes to the scheduled exams.
  • All in-person laboratory exams scheduled for the week of March 16, 2020 will proceed as scheduled at Palmer West, unless otherwise communicated.
  • All Palmer Florida students and faculty should closely monitor email for any changes to course or testing schedules.
  • We are considering online administration of final examinations during the scheduled dates and times. Additional communication will be shared soon.

Campus Hours and Services Available During Remote Delivery

Our campus’ facilities will remain open as usual to support employees and serve students, including libraries, computer labs, financial aid, disability services and advising offices. Faculty will maintain office hours. Classrooms will be closed to conform to public health guidelines of limiting groups of people to fewer than 50. Other restrictions may become necessary to support this goal.

Access to Technology and Support for Online Delivery

Students without home access to the internet are welcome to use campus computer labs and wi-fi. Students with disabilities and accommodations may need additional support, and we encourage you to reach out to the coordinator of disability services at your campus for assistance.

We know some students have concerns about online delivery. We understand those concerns and want you to know that faculty and staff are committed to your success and are available to help you during this transition. We encourage you to take advantage of the people and online resources available to you during this time. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work to provide a safe environment to continue providing high-quality education focused on your success.

Continue to take necessary precautions

The CDC continues to encourage everyday precautions including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol content.

If you experience the symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health provider.

Resources

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Update as of March 12, 2020

4:30 p.m.

The following message was sent to all Palmer alumni

Palmer College of Chiropractic is postponing all alumni in-person events, on and off all three of our campuses, through April 6, 2020. If you registered for an upcoming event, you’ll be contacted directly with more information. For updates, please visit our website and Alumni Social Events Calendar.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing interest of our alumni to stay connected to Palmer and to support the College. Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation.
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Update as of March 11, 2020

1:45 p.m.

Palmer College’s Emergency Management Team is actively monitoring the progression of COVID-19.

Update:

  • Effective immediately, all non-essential Palmer-sponsored travel by faculty and staff is suspended. Vice chancellors and department heads will evaluate travel needs on a case-by-case basis.
  • All scheduled College activities/events will proceed as planned at this time.
  • We’re aware that a number of colleges and universities have moved to online learning during this time. As this situation continues to evolve, the College is making preparations in the event we need to shift to online learning for those classes that can be delivered online.
  • We’re working closely with custodial services to increase sanitation protocol.

We’ll continue to provide updates to the Palmer campus community as this situation continues to evolve. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and patients is our top priority.
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Update as of March 10, 2020

8:15 a.m.

PALMER WEST Update

Palmer West’s winter 2020 graduation will take place Thursday, March 12 at 4 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center. If you have friends and family who won’t be able to attend, let them know that the graduation will be recorded and posted to Palmer West’s Facebook page and Palmer’s YouTube channel by the end of the day on Friday, March 13.


4:10 p.m.

Recommendations for Managing Distress Related to the Novel Coronavirus

Self-quarantine and travel restrictions, news reports, and concerns for our own and loved ones’ health may contribute to increased mental and emotional health distress. Please reach out to our office or your clinician if you are experiencing any
of the following listed below:

  • Excessive worry, fear, and/or feelings of being “stressed out” or overwhelmed.
  • Persistent sadness, tearfulness, and/or loss of interest in hobbies and pleasurable activities.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or dread about the future.
  • Unexplained physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, increased heart rate, nausea, fatigue, etc.
  • An increase in the frequency or severity of the symptoms of your diagnosed physical or mental health condition(s).
  • Increased anger, irritability, agitation, and/or disruptive behaviors.
  • Significant changes in your daily habits (sleep, hygiene, meals, etc.) and self-care.
  • Social isolation or withdrawal.
  • Fear or avoidance of classrooms, clinic, campus, and public spaces.
  • Thoughts about death, dying, and/or suicide.
  • Impulsive, reckless, or risky behaviors including, but not limited to, substance
    abuse and self-harm.

Read More: Recommendations for Managing Distress Related to the Novel Coronavirus
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Update as of March 9, 2020

Steps for washing your hands during flu season.

(Courtesy of the Iowa Department of Public Health.)

4:30 p.m.

As of March 9, there are no confirmed cases of this virus at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

We have a staff member who was traveling via ocean cruise and another who was traveling in Italy. Both are under quarantine out of state. We also have a student returning from travel in the Middle East and another student arriving from South Korea. Both students are under self-isolation for 14 days.

On March 8, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement advising U.S. citizens against traveling by cruise ship as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread. As a result, Palmer is canceling its 2020 Annual Alumni Travel Event (cruise), scheduled for later this month.

This is a rapidly evolving situation. We’re preparing for the possibility that the coronavirus will cause a public health threat to the Palmer College community. Palmer’s Emergency Management Team is closely following communication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the California Department of Health, the Florida Department of Health, and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Per the CDC and state department of health guidelines, the College is requiring students, faculty, and staff returning to campus from highly impacted regions (China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea) to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

To mitigate the risk of increased personal and communal viral exposure to COVID-19, the college has suspended all college-sponsored international travel involving students, faculty and staff.

The Office of the Provost, Academic Affairs and faculty are preparing to deliver classes online, if the need should arise.

Custodial personnel continues to deep clean common areas and restrooms on an accelerated schedule.

While no scheduled large-scale campus events have been canceled or postponed, the College is monitoring developments and will make modifications accordingly as required by the appropriate state department(s) of health.

Hosting an Event? The College requests that you post signage that asks your guests to avoid physical contact. These signs are available in the Print Shops on all three campuses.

Human Resources emailed all supervisors a set of protocols regarding employment issues, such as self-quarantine and developing readiness for business continuity should the campus need to close for an indefinite period.

Student Services has gathered recommendations for managing distress related to coronavirus. An announcement will be posted on the Brightspace homepage.

The Office of Admissions is communicating with students and families planning to visit Palmer.

Students who self-isolate are asked to contact the Registrar’s Office to report your status and receive further instructions.

Main campus
563-884-5654
registrar.ia@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
386-763-2785
registrar.fl@palmer.edu

Palmer West
408-944-6065
registrar.ca@palmer.edu

Palmer employees who self-isolate are asked to contact Human Resources to report your status and receive information about attendance policies, etc. Please also contact your supervisor.

Main campus
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
(386) 763-2665
hr.dept@palmer.edu

Palmer West
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept@palmer.edu

Find up-to-date information on COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control

To view the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control, click here and follow them on Facebook.

California Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates from the California Department of Public Health, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Florida Department of Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Florida Health Department, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Iowa Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Iowa Department of Public Health, click here and follow IDPH on Facebook.

Palmer College is working with the state and local public health departments to monitor COVID-19. Please remember that this is the cold and flu season. The prevention measures for influenza and COVID-19 are the same.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Stay home if you’re ill

The following message was sent to Palmer alumni and guests who were booked to take part in Palmer College’s Annual Alumni Travel Event.

Dear Alumni and Guests,

Palmer College of Chiropractic is monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation closely. On March 8, the U.S. Department of State issued a statement advising U.S. citizens against traveling by cruise ship as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread.

With this in mind, we feel the best course of action for everyone’s health and safety is to cancel our 2020 Annual Alumni Travel Event. This includes Continuing Education (“CE”) courses as well as planned social events that were to take place on the cruise. Norwegian Cruise Line is not canceling the cruise at this time.

We understand this is an inconvenience and know many of you were planning to take part in our Continuing Education programming while on board. If you registered for the CE course on the cruise, you have already received a complete refund for any CE fees paid. If you still need CE credits and your state offers distance credits, you might want to take one of Palmer’s Online CE classes.

Travel during this time of relative global certainty about this particular health situation is a personal decision. You may choose to participate in this cruise regardless of this cancellation. Please be aware that no Palmer staff will be on the cruise. Should you choose to make changes to your travel plans, please contact Susan Glover at Favorite Place Travel to discuss cruise refund options that may be available. Her phone number is 708-966-2344. If you booked your travel through another agency you’ll need to contact them directly. You also can contact Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. And we appreciate your understanding. We look forward to seeing you on future Palmer Alumni Travel Events.
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Update as of March 5, 2020

11:30 a.m.

Coronavirus Update: Self-Isolation Recommendation

Palmer College of Chiropractic continues to monitor the situation closely. Palmer College will provide updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state departments of public health, as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) information comes available.

In line with the CDC, California, Florida and Iowa Departments of Public Health recommendations, Palmer College is asking its students, faculty and staff to self-isolate for 14 days if they are returning from the following areas:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Students who self-isolate are asked to contact the Registrar’s Office to report your status and receive further instructions.

Main campus
563-884-5654
registrar.ia@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
386-763-2785
registrar.fl@palmer.edu

Palmer West
408-944-6065
registrar.ca@palmer.edu

Palmer employees who self-isolate are asked to contact Human Resources to report your status and receive information about attendance policies, etc. Please also contact your supervisor.

Main campus
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept.ia@palmer.edu

Palmer Florida
(386) 763-2665
hr.dept.fl@palmer.edu

Palmer West
(563) 884-5258
hr.dept.ia@palmer.edu

Find up-to-date information on COVID-19:

Centers for Disease Control

To view the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control, click here and follow them on Facebook.

California Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates from the California Department of Public Health, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Florida Department of Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Florida Health Department, click here and follow them on Facebook.

Iowa Department of Public Health

To view the latest updates about COVID-19 from the Iowa Department of Public Health, click here and follow IDPH on Facebook.

Palmer College is working with the state and local public health departments to monitor COVID-19. Please remember that this is the cold and flu season. The prevention measures for influenza and COVID-19 are the same.

          • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
          • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
          • Stay home if you’re ill

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