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      Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
  • Based on the latest recommendations by health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect all involved, the University has determined the following actions to be necessary, effective immediately:

    • Students were reminded NOT to return to campus after Spring Break. Students who may be considering returning to campus for any reason must contact Campus Police at 919-546-8249 BEFORE coming to the University.
    • 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 will work remotely or will operate on campus on an as-necessary basis. This includes administrative staff as well as vendors that provide cleaning, medical, and food services.
    • 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.
    • Decisions regarding potential refunds for housing or dining plans will be made as soon as possible once the University is beyond dealing with the pressing demands of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • 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


    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 in the Shaw University School of Divinity tested positive for the novel corona virus (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 are asking anyone who attended this event and who is experiencing any symptoms to please contact their primary care physician and follow their direction. Shaw University is undertaking a complete sanitation of the Willie E. Gary Student Center as recommended by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

      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.

    Faculty & Staff

    Question Answer
      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.
      My child’s school has closed, and I have to stay home for childcare purposes. How will I be paid?  If you are unable to come to work while Shaw is open during normal business hours, please contact your supervisor to see if your duties allow you to work from home. If your duties do not permit you to work temporarily from home, you may use any available paid time off you have. In addition, Shaw has recently instituted a Paid Annual Leave Donation program. To see if you qualify, contact Human Resources at
    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.
      I work in Residence Life, and there are no students currently in the dorms, what do I do? We know these are unusual and difficult times for everyone, and while the University remains open, if there is no assignable work for you to complete, you will not be scheduled to work. You can take any available paid time off, or if you do not have any available, your time off will be unpaid. You can apply for Unemployment through the Employment Security Commission at during this time of unavailable work.
      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. Shaw has recently instituted a Paid Annual Leave Donation program. To see if you qualify, contact Human Resources at
      I am scheduled to travel for work, what is the policy on University-related travel? Shaw University is prohibiting University-affiliated travel outside the state of North Carolina. Within the state, University travel is permitted but it must be limited to gatherings of 50 or fewer people. Click here for more information.

    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

    Shaw University is taking a number of precautions including the following enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices.


    • Deep cleaning of public and shared spaces in academic, administration, and residence buildings will be performed.
    • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be placed around campus.
    • Signage is being posted in public restrooms as reminders about proper handwashing techniques.
    • Gloves and hand sanitizer stations will be made available for use in computer labs and the library.

    Dining Services

    • Dining staff are increasing the frequency at which gloves and serving utensils are changed. 
    • A temporary policy prohibiting use of reusable cups in campus dining locations has been instituted. Refills of drinks must use a new, clean cup each time.
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be located at entrances/exits and hand sanitizer pumps will be available at register areas.

    In addition, 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.