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      Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
  • This page outlines the most current information on the University’s actions in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The University is adhering to the recommendations and orders of federal, state and local agencies to prevent the spread of infection.

    • Students were reminded NOT to return to campus after Spring Break.
    • Absolutely NO ONE will be granted access to the campus unless they have been granted an exception.
    • As of Saturday, March 21, all face-to-face and hybrid classes on the Raleigh campus and Adult Degree Program (CAPE) campuses transitioned to online classes for the remainder of the Spring semester.
    • Classes currently delivered online will continue to be offered online.
    • Faculty and advisors are in direct contact with students to provide details
    • Faculty and staff are working remotely or will operate on campus on an as-necessary basis to provide services essential to operations.
    • Buildings not in use will be cleaned and closed.
    • All University-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students is suspended.
    • All major events, athletics, band and choir activities, including spring competitions and practices, as well as Student Life activities have been suspended through the end of the semester.
    • Spring Commencement has been postponed until December 2020. The University will post an update as soon as a definite date has been determined.
    • Students who wish to apply for COVID-19 emergency financial assistance, please click here.

    Please watch for University updates on this website, or through emails or social media. For current and reliable information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.


  • Dr. Paulette Dillard, Interim PresidentMessage from President Dillard


    The last few weeks have been extremely challenging for the Shaw University community. Even so, the desire among our alumni to help in any way they can continues to inspire us. Within hours of the announcement of the University’s response to COVID-19, we heard from many alumni who told us, "Just let us know what we can do." This is the embodiment of the Shaw U spirit of caring and concern that makes the University so special. 

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  • Coronavirus FAQs

    General 

    Question Answer
    What is COVID-19?

    The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Read more about coronavirus here

      What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
    Symptoms may include fever, cough and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. 
      Where can I find more information about coronavirus?  Review the Centers for Disease Control’s website
    How can I be tested for COVID-19?

    Currently, all testing for COVID-19 is performed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Testing is done only under specific circumstances. Only those who meet all of the following criteria should request testing: 1) Recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice for COVID-19, 2) experiencing fever, and 3) experiencing respiratory symptoms. Individuals who meet all three criteria should contact their doctor or local health department. A clinician and public health officials will decide if a COVID-19 test is appropriate. Other health groups such as hospitals and clinics will have the capability in the coming days and weeks to run their own tests, but again only for patients who meet criteria.

      Has any member of the Shaw University community been diagnosed with coronavirus? 

    Yes, we were notified on March 23 that a graduate student tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in home quarantine. The individual was last on campus on March 9, 2020 to attend a musical performance by the Virginia Commonwealth University Black Awakening Choir that was held in the foyer of the Willie E. Gary Student Center.

    We also were notified on March 30 that a current employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last on campus and interacted with staff and students on March 13, 2020. The employee and family are now quarantined at home.

    We urge everyone in the Shaw University community who may be experiencing symptoms to contact your personal physician for treatment advice. The University is adhering to the recommendations and orders of federal, state, and local agencies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

      Can I contract coronavirus from mail or other packages sent to me?   No, there is no scientific evidence that you can contract the virus from packages, mail or other items mailed to you. 
    Does wearing a mask keep someone form getting COVID-19?

    Currently, if you are healthy there is no additional benefit to wearing a mask yourself. If you are sick with fever and cough, you can wear a surgical mask to prevent transmission to other people.

      How do I know if I have COVID-19 symptoms or just seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, red, watery, and itchy eyes.  People may also experience puffy eyes, nasal congestion, headache, post-nasal drip, throat irritation, and breathing through the mouth or wheezing. Symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.
      Can I contract COVID-19 from a patient who tests positive? 

    At the present time, the CDC has determined that people with COVID-19 are most contagious when they first become symptomatic. Therefore, public health officials are working to identify who came in close contact with a patient. Currently, “close contact” is defined as people who were within six feet of the symptomatic patient for 10 minutes.

    As these contacts continue to be identified, the Wake County Health Department can assess their risk of exposure and implement the appropriate public health recommendations. 

    How should I prepare for the possibility of contracting coronavirus? 

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has information listed on their website about how individuals, businesses and others can prepare.

    Students, Faculty & Staff

    Question Answer
      I am a current student, will I get a refund for the Spring 2020 semester?

    Shaw University will utilize the process described below to calculate and process board and meal charge refunds or credits to students as a result of changes made to the spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The steps are as follows:

    1. - We will calculate a pro-rated amount of unused spring semester board and meal charges per student. That pro-rated amount will extend March 23 through May 9, 2020, the last day meals were scheduled to be provided and all residence halls were scheduled to close for spring 2020 semester.
    2. - If a student currently owes the University monies based on the establishment of a payment plan and/or debit balance for the spring semester, we will offset the pro-rated room and housing charges against the amount that is still outstanding. There is a possibility that the amount currently owed will offset the total credit and there will be no refund.
    3. - If a student received institutional aid (Shaw Ed, Athletic, Band and Academic Scholarships) from the University in order to cover the direct cost of attendance, the student will not be eligible to get a refund, as the institutional aid amount awarded to the student for attending the spring semester of 2020 will be adjusted accordingly.
    4. - For graduating seniors who do have an outstanding balance and did not have institutional aid adjusted as described in 3 above, the credit amount on your account will be refunded via check or direct deposit.
    5. - For freshmen, sophomore, and juniors who do not have an outstanding balance, did not receive institutional aid adjusted as described in 3 above, the credit amount will be applied as a credit against your Fall 2020 charges.

    Who can I reach out to if I have more questions?

    - If students or parents have questions or comments, please contact either the Office of Student Accounts at sa@shawu.edu or the Office of Financial Aid at financial_aid@shawu.edu. Representatives will be there to provide assistance.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please know that your well-being is always our highest priority as we strive to provide you with an excellent educational experience. We look forward to your return to campus.

      Who can I reach out to if I have more questions about a refund for the Spring 2020 semester? If a student or parents have questions or comments, please contact either the Office of Student Accounts at sa@shawu.edu or the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@shawu.edu. Representatives will be there to offer assistance. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please know that your well-being is always our highest priority as we strive to provide you with an excellent educational experience. We look forward to your return to campus.
      The University has shifted courses online, should I still work on campus or can I work remotely?

    While classes are moving to online learning mode, campus offices and services will remain open and operations will continue normally. Employees who are feeling well should report to work as usual. Temporary remote work options will be utilized on a case-by-case basis, at the approval of each employee’s division leader. If you need an accommodation, please complete the COVID-19 Accommodation Request form located on the HR intranet.

      My child’s school has closed, and I have to stay home for childcare purposes. How will I be paid?  North Carolina Governor Cooper mandated a statewide Stay-at home order effective Monday, March 30 at 5 P.M. Although educational institutions are provided an exemption as an essential service, all members of the Shaw University community are urged to stay at home, and take preventative measures as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health officials. Absolutely NO ONE will be granted access to the campus that was not granted exceptions. If your duties do not permit you to work temporarily from home, you may use any available paid time off you have until exhausted or if superseded by any Shaw changes. If you are not able to work and have exhausted your available PAL and have medical benefits through Shaw, Shaw will continue your coverage until further notice, so you will still be covered.
    I have Shaw’s medical plan through Cigna, how is Cigna preparing for the coronavirus? On March 6, 2020, Cigna announced it is taking specific steps to improve its members’ access to doctors and medications, as it monitors the Coronavirus Disease -19, or COVID-19. This includes virtual access to doctors (via the Amwell or MDLive App) and ensuring access to acute care and medications. In addition, Cigna is waiving all co-pays and deductibles for COVID-19 testing. For individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, Cigna will ensure all patients receive the care they need. If you are not able to work and have exhausted your available PAL and have medical benefits through Shaw, Shaw will continue your coverage until further notice, so you will still be covered.
      If I am not able to work and have no paid time off, can I get unemployment? 

    Governor Cooper recently signed an executive order relaxing requirements for unemployment. Some of the changes include:

    - It removes the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment payment for those workers who lose their jobs.

    - It removes the requirement that a person must be actively looking for another job during this time when many potential employers are closed, and social distancing guidelines are in effect.

    - It allows employees who lose their jobs or, in certain cases have their hours reduced due to Covid-19 to apply for unemployment benefits.

    - It directs that employers will not be held responsible for benefits paid as a direct result of these COVID-19 claims.

    - It waives the requirement that people must apply for benefits in person; workers can apply for benefits online or by phone.

    You can apply for Unemployment through the Employment Security Commission at https://des.nc.gov/ during this time of unavailable work. If you are not able to work and have exhausted your available PAL and have medical benefits through Shaw, Shaw will continue your coverage until further notice, so you will still be covered.
      If I do not report to work, will I be disciplined?

    If you feel ill, you should use the same judgment you would normally use about attending work, staying home or seeking medical care. Because the campus offices and services will remain open and operations will continue normally, leave policies will apply for work attendance. You should always notify your supervisor if you are unable to make it to work for any reason.

    I am not able to come to work because of sickness, but I do not have any available paid time off, what should I do?

    If you are under a doctor’s care and your doctor has written you out from working, and do not have any paid time off available, then your time off will be unpaid; contact Human Resources for any potential Family Medical Leave benefits. If you are not able to work and have exhausted your available PAL and have medical benefits through Shaw, Shaw will continue your coverage until further notice, so you will still be covered.

      I heard President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. What does this provide? 

    On March 18, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This law became active on April 1, 2020 and is not retroactive. This piece of legislation is intended to help workers, businesses and the healthcare sector in their response to and the consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

    The law provides free coronavirus testing, expands food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requires employers to provide additional protections for healthcare workers. The law also creates two forms of paid leave for workers impacted by the outbreak. 

    Emergency Family and Medical Leave

    The first paid leave provision requires private-sector employers with fewer than 500 employees and all public sector employers to provide employees who have been on the payroll for 30 calendar days up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave as established under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for “a qualifying need related to a public health emergency.” The law defines “qualifying need” as instances where the employee is unable to work or telework due to the need to care for a minor if the child’s school or childcare has been closed or is unavailable due to a public health emergency.

    The first 10 days of the leave would be unpaid, but the employee would have the option to substitute available PAL. The remainder of the leave would be paid; eligible employees would receive generally two-thirds of their regular rate of pay for the hours they would be scheduled to work if the public health emergency was not occurring. However, the per employee paid leave under this provision is capped at $200 per day, or $10,000 total.

    As is established by typical FMLA leave, H.R. 6201 ensures employees’ positions are job-protected until they return to work.

    If you meet the requirements for either the Emergency Paid Leave or expanded FMLA, please complete the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Request form located on the HR Intranet.

    Emergency Paid Sick Leave

    The second paid leave provision within H.R. 6201 requires private employers with less than 500 employees and all public employers to provide up to 80 hours (pro-rated for part-time workers) of paid sick time for employees who are unable to work or telework, because:

    - they are subject to a government quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19;

    - they have been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;

    - they are experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking a diagnosis;

    - they are caring for an individual subject to or advised to quarantine or isolate;

    - they are caring for a child whose school or childcare is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19; or

    - they are experiencing substantially similar conditions as those specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury.

    The leave would be immediately available for all workers. Employers would be required to pay each employee up to $511 per day, or $5,110 total, when leave is taken for the first three reasons identified above. For the latter three reasons, employers would be liable for up to $200 per day, or $2,000 total.

      I need help to pay bills; where can I find resources? If you need assistance in paying bills during this time, go to www.findhelp.org.

    Campus Events

    Question Answer
      What is the status of University sponsored events? The University has postponed, canceled or modified events for the immediate future. This includes recruitment events, tours, student programs, alumni events, performances, conferences and social events. Commencement has postponed until December. Click here for more information 
      My organization had planned to host an event on campus soon. Should I make other arrangements? All non-University events scheduled to be held on campus have been cancelled, and you will receive an emailed notification from Facilities Management. We are not accepting any new event reservations until further notice.
  • Illness Prevention Tips

    The University is adhering to the recommendations and orders of federal, state and local agencies to prevent the spread of infection. All buildings not in use will be cleaned and closed.

    Shaw community members are advised to follow CDC guidelines for illness prevention:

    • Avoid close contact.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth and nose.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Practice other good health habits - get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
    • Wash your hands! If you cannot wash hands, then use hand sanitizer, especially in the dining hall after you set your tray down, use a little hand sanitizer after touching serving utensils used by others. Visit the CDC's Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives site for proper technique
    • If you cough, try coughing into your bent arm/elbow to avoid coughing in your hand/fist. This will lessen the transmission of germs on items that you touch, like doorknobs/handles.

    These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also has specific guidance for travelers.