May 18, 2020 - Coronavirus Update: Travel Registry Form
To ensure the safety of all employees as we start to return to campus, we are requesting you continue to complete the travel registry form for any travel since May 11, 2020. Official travel for the college is prohibited at this time. If you have traveled since May 11 or are planning on traveling before campus reopens (including within Texas), please fill out this travel registry form. This is to provide us with information should you travel to an area with increased reported cases. Please complete the form for each time traveled/planned to travel. A link to this form is also available on our TCC Alert page.
May 14, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
I hope this communication finds you well. These last few months have been like no other experienced at this college. I want to sincerely thank you for being patient and understanding. We are looking forward to seeing your faces on campus again. You have been missed.
We have been monitoring the public health situation and information received from local, state and federal officials. We want to begin the process of opening the campus for the return of employees and students. To that end, we have developed a phased approach over the next several months to get the campus opened. These phases have target dates associated with them for guidance. We understand that these dates could shift based on future government and health official recommendations.
We continue to target June 29, 2020 as the date for students to return to campus to engage in labs and hands-on learning for the trimester. We are incorporating appropriate mitigation practices to increase spacing and personal protection in the labs. More details will be shared as that date approaches. Should June 29 not be feasible, we have considered alternatives to continue with delivery of the program. These alternatives are based on different potential public health restrictions that could be in place at that time. We will provide an update to our current plan around the first of June and another the middle of June outlining any changes that might be needed.
Take care and stay healthy. We look forward to your return.
Stephen A. Foster, DC, FICC
Texas Chiropractic College
April 29, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
On Monday Governor Greg Abbott announced the stay-at-home executive order will expire on April 30 and will not be renewed. He also announced a plan to gradually reopen Texas businesses, including allowing several types of businesses to reopen on May 1. Click here to read the full announcement outlining the plan for reopening.
Phase 1 of Gov. Abbott’s plan begins May 1. Beginning this Friday, May 1, employees are still expected to work from home, but may go to campus to access work materials. Anyone with an underlying health condition should stay home.
Should you need to report to campus, new guidelines have been set in accordance with Gov. Abbott’s Phase 1 announcement:
- During Phase 1, there will only be one door unlocked for each building. Please enter through the labeled door and follow the pre-screening and sanitizing requirements.
- Please follow pre-screening and sanitation requirements will be posted at entrance.
- Employees will need to continue to practice social distancing. Employees need to maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
- No gathering
- While not required, it is recommended to wear a mask unless alone in your office.
Gov. Abbott plans for Phase 2 to begin on May 18, pending two weeks of data to confirm no flare-up of COVID-19 cases. As of right now, we are expecting all employees to return on May 19.
Based on Gov. Abbott’s Phase 2 announcement, we may have to alter our screening and sanitizing procedures to fit new mandates. We will release more details as the date approaches.
Once again, I appreciate your patience and diligence during this tough time. Although we are still in the midst of the crisis, the end is now in sight and we are getting closer to our reunion on campus.
Dr. Stephen Foster
April 3, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
I hope you are each staying healthy and safe during these times. We have committed to making this trimester as good as possible given the circumstances. We want to do everything possible to keep everyone on track to complete the program by their scheduled graduation date.
We plan to start the Summer 2020 trimester on time as scheduled May 19. We will deliver the lecture portion of courses during the first half of the trimester and transition to labs and onsite instruction during the second half. The anticipated date for students returning to campus for the lab and onsite instruction is June 29. Faculty are restructuring courses to meet this new schedule and believe it will offer students a fresh approach to learning and skill acquisition.
Clinic interns will receive direct communication from clinic faculty on specifics related to that training.
We continue to appreciate your patience and flexibility. More details will follow.
Dr. Stephen Foster
April 1, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
I hope that each of you and your loved ones are doing well and that you are taking every precaution possible during this crisis. Yesterday it was announced that the Stay Home – Work Safe order has been extended through April 30. Based on the extension, all TCC employees will continue to work remotely through at least April 30. As this situation changes daily, we are continuing to monitor and best prepare for any future changes.
We are planning to start the Summer 2020 trimester on time May 19. Further information is forthcoming on our planned modified approach.
Thank you so much for your patience through these difficult times. This situation is unprecedented and, because of that, has required creativity and hard work. This would not be possible without the dedication of each TCC employee. I thank you for your commitment to our students and your continued flexibility as we get through this.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you have.
Dr. Stephen Foster
March 31, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
Click here to view answers to the most frequently asked questions following the announcement of the COVID-19 pass/fail option. If you still have questions after reading through them, please contact Dr. Mrozek or Kristina Hanson.
March 30, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
The Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony and Tri 10 Farewell Dinner have been cancelled. The college is currently working with Tri 10 students to determine the best way to celebrate our graduates and schedule the ceremony for a later date. We will continue to monitor the constantly evolving situation and make an announcement when we have a final decision.
March 26, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
To TCC students,
The current COVID-19 pandemic has required TCC and other institutions of higher education to develop interim course grade policies. In addition to our own interim course grade policy development we have reviewed recently developed policies from local institutions including Texas A&M and the University of Houston. The Interim Grade TCC policy provides our students the option of receiving a standard course grade or selecting a Pass/Fail format for each course. As you will read in the policy you will have until April 24th to indicate the course grade format of your choice. You are free to make separate format choices for each of your courses. Your decision is final by 5:00 pm (CST) April 24, 2020. If no grade format option is selected or indicated the standard course grade will apply.
For now, I ask that you engage with your course materials and instructors as you have been doing since the transition to online instruction began on Monday. Use the Pass/Fail selection form to indicate your grade format decision following the end of Spring 2020 instruction by Friday April 24th. This is a week following the end of online instruction on Friday April 17th. Again, this is your course grade format decision to make.
If you have questions regarding this communication you may direct them to me, or Kristina Hanson in Student Services. Arthur Goudeau will respond to Financial Aid questions related to this policy.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
March 23, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
Out of concern for the health and safety of our campus community, we are keeping our campus facilities closed until further notice. All employees are working remotely and will be available for students via phone or email.
Online instruction will continue as planned.
Moody Health Center will operate on a modified schedule, restricting appointments to essential care. Clinic interns should not report this week and will be contacted directly by clinic personnel with more details. Student Clinic is closed for the rest of the trimester.
March 20, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
To all TCC students,
I want to begin by thanking each of you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We have all found ourselves in uncharted waters, but I am sure we will get through this stronger than ever. The academic team has been working diligently all week to prepare for course delivery online beginning Monday.
With heightened concern for your safety and health comes increased anxiety and worry. While we want to provide you with the best course content possible, we do not want to create any more stress than necessary.
We had previously published that we would hold final exams during the week of May 11-15. We have requested that the faculty look for alternative ways to assess knowledge and competency in each of their courses. They will use various approaches to ensure you are gaining understanding of the material and will have all courses completed by April 17. There will be no final examinations the week of May 11.
Should a student not demonstrate competency in one or more courses by the end of this term (April 17), an examination of some type may be needed when it is possible to do so, but this will be the exception, not the rule. It is important that we complete courses this trimester. Our commitment is to do everything possible to keep each of our students on track and on-time for successful completion of the program.
Online delivery of course content will begin March 23 and continue through April 17. For instructions to access online information please visit the link below. You may be required to sign into your Canvas account in order to gain access: https://txchiro.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6c033e1b-8d41-4648-a83c-ab84004d98a5
Demonstration of lab skills may be approached through individual synchronous communication. Lab skills will be addressed through various means, including open labs and reviews when it is appropriate to return. Every attempt will be made to ensure all needed lab content is covered prior to the start of the Summer 2020 trimester or through alternative means during the Summer 2020 trimester where possible. These lab skills will be offered to bridge skill development and not as a separate course added to the Summer 2020 schedule. At this point in the trimester, many Spring 2020 lab skills have been demonstrated. Where this is not the case and where students are passing the course, additional lab skills will be either folded into subsequent related courses or offered as specific skill development. Again, students passing a course by April 17 will receive a grade for that course at that time.
There will be various methods utilized during the remainder of this trimester to measure attainment of course content and to finalize the course grade. There will be no final examinations the week of May 11 as previously indicated. Students that do not satisfactorily complete a course this trimester by April 17 will be offered the option to receive a W and repeat the course or an I (incomplete) and be required to demonstrate competency through reasonable (Supplemental) means prior to the start of the Summer 2020 trimester.
The clinic remains open on a limited basis. Personnel and interns will receive communication directly from the clinic by Monday, March 23.
All campus facilities will be closed on Monday, March 23 to test our remote operations, but online instruction will begin.
At this time, we plan to start the Summer 2020 trimester on time, as scheduled. Please stay connected for further information should this fluid situation change.
All campus facilities, including Moody Health Center, will be closed to all employees and students on Monday, March 23. We are using Monday as a test day to prepare if we have to go to 100% remote delivery. Classes will begin and all employees are expected to work as usual from home. Beginning today, all employees are expected to take their laptops and any other necessary materials home with them, should the need to shelter in place ever occur. We want to be prepared.
Based on how fluid the situation is, please maintain and check your communication channels and stay up-to-date with what is going on in our area and on campus. Unless otherwise instructed, we will return to our current status on Tuesday, March 24.
March 17, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
As we continue to monitor the current situation regarding COVID-19, we have amended the completion of our Spring 2020 trimester. Faculty are prepared to deliver course content online for the remainder of the trimester. We are suspending all face-to-face course work, labs, and activities for the remainder of this trimester. Our focus will be on delivery of course information, not assessment. We want to make the best of a difficult situation for everyone.
The information below is current as of today but we all understand that further modifications may be needed based on the public health situation in our community. Our ultimate goal is to deliver as much course content as possible while maintaining the safety and well-being of our students, patients, and employees. To continue to provide students support services, employees will be available remotely or on-campus during normal business hours.
- Instruction will be online starting Monday, March 23 through April 17.
- During this time, there will be no face-to-face lecture, labs, exams, or finals.
- You will receive additional information regarding access to online instruction later this week.
- Syllabi will be amended to reflect modified course expectations, including but not limited to projects and written assignments.
- Finals will be administered during the weeks of May 11 and 18. Further details to follow.
- Missed lab content will be incorporated into future courses when available; lab skills testing will be revisited next trimester.
- Registration for Summer 2020 trimester is delayed until we develop an off-site method to register.
- We plan to begin the Summer 2020 trimester according to schedule, but we are creating a contingency plan in case the social distancing recommendations are extended.
Adjusted Campus Hours
- At present, the clinic remains open to treat patients. Clinic faculty are communicating directly with interns about scheduling and attendance.
- The bookstore will be closed from March 18-29.
- The library will be open limited hours March 18-30: 8am-6pm Monday through Thursday, 8am-4pm Friday. There will be a 40 student max with students spaced throughout the library as directed by library staff.
- Chiro Café will be closed for the remainder of the trimester.
- The following buildings will be closed until further notice: Standard Process, anatomy lab, Ligon Building, upstairs of LRC.
- All college work study students should contact Arthur Goudeau.
- All on-campus events for the rest of the trimester have been cancelled.
- The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has cancelled board exams for this weekend. Please check your email for additional information sent from NBCE.
- Given the current situation, we are unable to host a traditional commencement ceremony for the graduating class of Spring 2020. We are looking into ways to celebrate our Spring 2020 graduates. Discussions with the Trimester 10 class about graduation are ongoing. A decision will be made soon.
As a reminder, we are in the process of distancing employees from each other in the Harris Building. Employees will have the option to work from home as long as they are completely available to students and other employees. We will institute this on a rotating basis to have at least one person from each department here on any given day. Please refer to your email for additional information.
March 16, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
Based on guidelines issued today from the federal government, we are altering our plans for completion of this trimester. Faculty are finalizing their training to move our coursework online beginning March 23. Students should expect an email before Wednesday with additional information regarding online course access and instructions. Tomorrow we will also provide greater detail regarding what will and will not happen regarding courses, examinations and activities on campus the remainder of this trimester.
- All classes are cancelled for the remainder of the week, March 16-20.
- The Moody Health Center will remain open. Attendance will not be mandatory for student interns this week. Interns will receive communication directly from clinic faculty regarding the completion of this trimester.
- Online delivery of the curriculum will begin on March 23.
March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Afternoon classes from 12pm -4pm March 13 have been cancelled.
- All classes canceled March 16-20.
- Online classes and social distancing measures to begin on March 23.
- All employees to report to campus following normal operational hours.
- Updates regarding campus events will be released within the week.
- The Moody Health Center will remain open. Attendance will not be mandatory for student interns the week of March 16-20.
To the TCC Community,
With ongoing public health issues in our region and out of concern for the health and safety of our campus community, Texas Chiropractic College has canceled all classes from March 16-20, 2020. This enables administration, faculty and staff to continue coordinated planning for the remainder of the trimester. We plan to resume all classes on March 23rd with online delivery and other social distancing measures. Further details regarding the continuation of classes on March 23rd are forthcoming.
Dr. Stephen Foster
March 12, 2020 - Coronavirus Update: US Travel
Currently the college is not imposing a travel ban within the United States. We are following the CDC guidelines for travel. The CDC has a list of questions to consider that we would like for all employees and students traveling on school related events review to assist you in making an informed decision.
Should anyone still decide to attend a school event, we are requiring you to complete a travel waiver and submit to email@example.com so we can file with our travel log.
Additionally, you will have to follow our self-quarantine procedures should you come in contact with anyone with COVID-19 during your trip.
March 11, 2020 - Coronavirus Update
We are continuing to monitor and assess the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pasadena, Houston, and Harris County. There are no known cases of coronavirus on TCC’s campus.
We are taking necessary steps to deliver the curriculum remotely should the need arise. We will continue to monitor what we feel is best for our students and employees and we will send updates as necessary.
March 4, 2020 - Coronavirus Update: Follow-up from Campus Town Hall Meetings
Click here to view the notes from our campus town hall meetings.
March 4, 2020 - Coronavirus Update: Travel Registry Form
If you are a TCC employee or student who has travelled within the past month or is planning on traveling (either internationally or within the U.S.), please fill out this travel registry form. Please complete the form for each time traveled/planned to travel.