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      Guidelines for the safe return to campus for Fall 2020


    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 Fall 2020 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 is a 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: July 30, 2020


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    Phased Return to Campus

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 141, issued May 20, lifted the Stay at Home Order and moved the state to a Safer at Home recommendation. The University’s campus reopening plans will be aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances as well as the State of North Carolina’s Phased Reopening Model. Shaw’s plan will also follow recommendations from the federal government (Opening Guidelines), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NC Department of Public Health, and the internal reopening planning committee

    General Guidelines  

    • Shaw University began a phased return to campus beginning July 1. Anyone who feels ill should stay at home and not report to campus. Anyone who reports to campus and becomes ill should follow the reporting and quarantine guidelines.
    • All persons will wear face coverings while on Shaw University premises.
    • All persons will conduct the self-monitoring health check every day upon entering Shaw’s campus.
    • Employees will be provided work schedules to ensure adherence to social distancing standards. Employees should conduct the Employee Health Questionnaire before arriving at work each day. 
    • All persons will practice enhanced hygiene, including frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. 
    • Employees who are at high risk for developing illness from COVID-19 and who have concerns regarding a return to work should contact Human Resources. 

    Phased Timetable: July - August


    • Staff returned to campus on a staggered work schedule beginning July 1.
    • Vice Presidents, Deans and unit supervisors will work with their respective teams to confirm specific arrival plans and work schedules.
    • A virtual New Student Orientation sessions was held on July 17.  
    • As of July 9, fall sports for all CIAA-member institutions have been canceled. Student-athletes will report according to the currently scheduled dates for new and returning students. 
    • Band Camp has been canceled. Marching Band members will report according to the currently scheduled dates for new and returning students. 
    • Student Leaders (Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, Royal Court) will report to campus on a date to be determined by the Office of Student Affairs.   


    • Faculty will report to work on August 5.  
    • New students will report to campus beginning August 7 and returning students will report beginning August 9.  
    • Fall semester classes will begin on August 12. Adjustments to the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar reflect a schedule designed to enhance students’ ability to enjoy a safe and fulfilling campus experience, in part by minimizing student travel during the semester. Classes will be held on Labor Day; Fall Break has been eliminated in order to end the fall semester at the Thanksgiving Break. Read more about the Fall 2020 semester here.
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