We have watched with great concern the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in our communities and nationally. The State of North Carolina is reporting the highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. We have also experienced
the impact in our Shaw family. As such, the university has revised some of its plans for the beginning of Spring 2022 semester to protect the health of our campus and community as well as to ensure the continuity of campus operations.
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At Shaw University, our first and highest priority is the safety and security of every member of the Bear community – students, faculty, staff, vendors, visitors and community partners.
We look forward to welcoming the community back to campus as we prepare for the Spring 2022 semester. To do that, every member of the community must do their part. This site outlines the protocols and procedures that have been put in place to facilitate
a safe return to campus. The plan is guided by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the North Carolina Division of Public Health and is consistent with local orders and ordinances of the City of Raleigh and Wake County Department
of Public Health and the State of North Carolina.
COVID-19 (delta + omicron variants) are novel and challenging experience for our country, state, and university. Therefore, Shaw University policies and procedures will continue to evolve as new information becomes available.
This information is subject to change. Last updated: January 2022
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Effective Monday, April 11, 2022, to modify the COVID-19 mask policy as follows:
Read President Dillard's Statement >
Mask Policy updated 04/08/2022
In recent months, safe and effective vaccines, which are proven to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission and the risk of serious illness when the disease is contracted has become widely available. We are committed to vaccine access for students and employees; we know that widespread vaccination is the best way to expediate a return to a healthy and synergistic campus life -- normalcy.
We plan to require all new and returning Shaw University students to present proof of vaccination to Student Health before they can enroll for the Spring 2022 semester. This policy will cover all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students—in all degree programs—who intend to be on the Shaw campus for any period of time starting with the Spring 2022 semester. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated. - Dr. Paulette Dillard, President
1. The student must immediately upload a copy of the test results (Positive results) to the website and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that it is uploaded. Until we receive a copy of positive results, student will incur unexcused absences from class. Instructors will not honor an email or message from a student regarding his/her health status.
2. If student has tested positive, do not come to campus for any reason until you have been cleared to do so. Do not contact your instructors. Disability Services will send information to your instructors regarding your absence from classes
with the official dates of Isolation given to you by the medical staff.
3. The student will be sent a letter outlining Isolation requirements and process for returning to campus. Student must stay in isolation for 5 days if asymptomatic and if symptomatic, they need a doctor's note clearing them to return.
4. The notification is sent to Disability Services to contact student’s instructors regarding absence from class.
5. After Isolation period is complete and a release letter from the doctor is received, The University Nurse submits a clearance letter to the student to give to instructors to admit student back to class.
These people are considered to be protected from COVID-19 or at least protected from a severe form of the illness at 95% effectiveness. They do not need to be routinely tested with the antigen test or rapid test. However, due to the prevalence of the Omicron Variant, we will test everyone each week until further notice.
All, students, faculty and staff must wear a mask indoors and outdoors. Those approved for medical and religious exemptions will test each week and are required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
This applies to people who have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive.
What counts as close contact?
Please Note:Contacts of a contact are in no immediate danger from catching the virus. Everyone is advised to get tested within three days of contact, even if you are not sure.
All students who test positive
Students in Campus Housing
Notification to Instructors
All Shaw University students must comply with campus COVID-19 policies. Students on and off campus who access the campus for any reason will test weekly until further notice. Any student not in compliance with the testing expectations will face
What happens when a student fails to comply with testing?
Residential students who fail to test twice on their assigned testing date may lose the privilege of campus housing and may be required to move out within 24 hours. Students must remove all their belongings and check out of campus housing.
Off campus students who fail to test twice on their assigned testing date may be fined and will not be allowed in face-to-face or hybrid classes, or to participate in any on-campus activity until testing negative on a scheduled PCR test. Continued
non-compliance with testing could result in suspension and being trespassed from campus.
Refusal to isolate or quarantine is considered a judicial violation and may result in suspension or dismissal.
The CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. The CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations
For our purposes, students will stay in quarantine the recommended 14 days.
Confirmed and suspected cases of reinfection of the virus that causes COVID-19:
Cases of reinfection of COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. In general, reinfection means a person was infected (became sick) once recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some
reinfections are expected.
This information is subject to change. Last updated: October 2021.
The Academic Success Center (ASC) empowers students to develop skills to make their college experience successful. ASC works in conjunction with offices across campus to provide free virtual and in person programming to motivate students and set high
academic goals to maximize their college potential. Services include:
Shaw University is committed to the academic success of all of its students. As such, the institution has in place systems and programs to monitor and provide assistance to ensure the academic well-being of its students.
The Early Alert System is a campus-wide effort to identify students, early in the semester in need of assistance. It is designed to identify students when there is a breakdown in academic performance. Students are notified through Shaw email to contact
the Academic Success Center to determine academic support needs.
The Academic Recovery Plan is a contractual agreement with a student who is in jeopardy of failing. Student’s progress and participation is documented for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Academic performance is evaluated until the student has
achieved the required minimum GPA.
Visit the Academic Success Center online
Free tutorial services are available to all registered students. Students who have a GPA less than 2.0 or need special academic assistance should contact the Academic Success Center (ASC).
Students can attend strategy workshops, small group and one-on-one sessions in Shaw’s Tutorial Center.
Visit Tutorial Services online
Moodle is Shaw University’s Learning Management System (LMS) where students can find their individual course materials such as syllabus, assignments, announcements, and professor contact information. We recommend downloading the Moodle APP for the
best accessibility features when you are on the go.
From BearsNet, students can click on the Students tab and get to Moodle by clicking on any of the links under My Moodle Courses as shown below. This will automatically log the student into Moodle.
BearsNet is a simple and convenient way for students to access their individual Shaw U information like their student schedule, financial award letter, transcript, etc. To sign into Bearsnet: https://bearsnet.shawu.edu
Username: student ID number (e.g. 2192354, not their email address) Password: issued by registrar (e.g. xc99w32$) in welcome letter email
Note: If you do not have a password/pin contact the Registrars Office.
Once in BearsNet, students can click on the Students tab and get to Moodle by clicking on any of the links under My Moodle Courses as shown below. This will automatically log the student into Moodle.
Shaw University operates two libraries, the James E. Cheek Learning Resource Center (main library) and the G. Franklin Wiggins Library (Divinity). The library staff are available to support both on-campus and remote teaching, learning and research.
The Library’s Using the Library Libguide contains information on how to get help, using the library, making appointments, staff contact and other useful
information about the library. Library staff will continue providing assistance by phone, email, chat or virtual appointments using Zoom. For assistance with Library resources, please contact the Library Staff or visit the Library’s Using the Library Libguide.
The Libraries have implemented procedures to ensure that visitors maintain adequate physical distancing and adheres to procedures for cleaning high-touch surfaces. Faculty, staff and students are required to wear face coverings in all library spaces.
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The Shaw University Writing Center provides students with the skills, resources, and tools to transform their drafts into polished final products, along with training on writing blogs, essays, cover letters and more. The Writing Center will continue
to offer free e-tutoring and online tutorial services to the entire Shaw community. Services provided through the Writing Center include:
Visit the Writing Center online
Shaw University is committed to providing professional guidance and resources to our students and alumni. Students should contact the Experiential Learning and Career Development (ELCD) Center for assistance with career exploration, graduate and
professional school preparation, and internship and scholarship applications. Services available through ELCD include:
Visit the Experiential Learning & Career Development Center online
All Shaw University students have access to 24/7 access to medical and mental Telehealth care, with no cost at the time of visit! Whether you're feeling sick or overwhelmed, you will be able to talk to a licensed provider from your smartphone
or any web-enabled device. Go to www.bears.care to register for and access Telehealth services. Students can then have visits from any web-enabled device - smartphone, tablet, laptop,
or desktop. Students must use their Shaw University email address to register.The Bears Care program is a supplement to the existing university health center which remains available to serve student needs.
SlowCOVIDNC is an app designed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. You can do your part to keep yourself and others safe.
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Since the start of the pandemic, North Carolina took early and aggressive action to slow the spread of the virus, manage shortages of testing and PPE supplies, develop hospital surge plans, and build testing and contact tracing capabilities. Our
collective actions prevented our health care systems from being overwhelmed and provided valuable time to build our state’s capacity to respond to the crisis.
See complete NCDHHS COVID-19 Guidance here https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance
Information on what offices and units are doing to protect the health and safety for students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Access Shaw's guide to daily operations, visitor information and area-specific information for campus.
Frequently asked questions and general tips related to the COVID-19 pandemic.