- No student will be allowed on campus or permitted to move into campus housing without presenting a recent negative test result.
- All students must present a negative PCR test result from a COVID-19 test performed 3-5 days prior to coming on campus. (No exceptions)
- The university will not provide any housing options for students that do not present a negative test result.
- Off campus housing will be at the students' expense until such time as a negative test report is submitted.
- On campus students will present results to staff prior to entering their residence hall for move in or to retrieve property. Your move in date/time will be mailed to your Bear's account
- Off campus students must present their negative test results in the gym on January 16th or 17th from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Off campus students will not be permitted on campus or attend face-face classes until proof of a negative test result
taken within 3-5 days of return.
- If students have not been tested, please visit one of the organizations linked to be tested before coming to campus.
Shaw University Isolation and Quarantine Policy
- We have designated 22 isolation and 48 quarantine rooms for students living in on-campus housing. The isolation rooms are single entry, private bathroom, separate HVAC and amenities for reheating or storing food.
- Students living on campus can choose to isolate or quarantine in one of our designated rooms or at their permanent off-campus residence. Students living off campus can either quarantine or isolate in place or at their permanent residence. Faculty
and staff should isolate or quarantine at home.
- University staff will work with students on an individual plan for isolation and quarantine and provide regular check-ins throughout the process at a minimum of twice a day. If severe symptoms are noted, (chest pains, difficulty breathing, or elevated
temperature). Residence staff will call 911 immediately.
- While in isolation or quarantine on campus, a nurse visits student daily to personally check temperatures and inquire about any symptoms the students may have. Off campus students in isolation and quarantine will receive a call from our physician
or a nurse to check on student's temperature and to inquire about any symptoms that may indicate COVID infection. If a student is experiencing serious complications 911 is called.
- On-campus isolation spaces are outfitted with microwaves, refrigerators, water, soups, cleaning supplies, and other items students may need during their stay.
- The cafeteria delivers meals to each residence hall 3 times a day. The meals are then delivered to each isolation or quarantine room by a residence staff, donned in appropriate PPE.
- When students have completed their stay in isolation or quarantine, they are referred to Student Health Services. Our physician or staff nurse will examine the student and give them a letter of release from isolation or quarantine and give follow
up care or medical referrals as needed.
- If students have concerns about COVID – 19 or any other medical concerns, BearsCare is available to them 24/7 at no cost. BearsCare is a Telehealth service provided by Timely MD. Students, faculty and staff can use this service by visiting bears.care or
call customer support at 833.484.6359.
This information is subject to change. Last updated: December 7, 2020.
Health and Safety Guidelines
People infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may have mild to severe symptoms and may spread the virus to others even if they don’t have symptoms. Most people who have COVID-19 begin to show symptoms two to 14 days after exposure. All faculty, staff,
and students are encouraged to monitor their body temperature and review the CDC’s recommended screening questions each day prior to joining others on campus. The below symptoms indicate you may have COVID-19, and should contact a medical professional
and stay at home:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (100.4° F or more, orally)
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat (secondary symptom)
General Protective Measures
Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being
- Student Counseling Services: The Counseling Center is available virtually. Students will be seen in person by appointment only. To make a counseling appointment, please call 919-546-8525/8283. For immediate assistance, call Campus
Police and Security at 919-546-8249.
- Employee Assistance Program: The Employee Assistance Program is designed to provide short-term counseling services for employees and their dependents. Resources are available for issues, such as marital conflict, relationship and family problems;
stress, anxiety and depression; grief and loss; job pressures; and substance abuse. Employees can contact Human Resources for more information concerning the Employee Assistant Program.
Student Health Center
Students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should be referred immediately to the University doctors/nurses, who will arrange a COVID-19 screening. Students who are immunosuppressed or who have other conditions that heighten their risk for contracting
COVID-19 should submit this information to Student Health for review and recommendations by no later than July 24.
The Student Health Center will continue to provide regular services, with certain modifications, including:
- Students will be seen by appointment only.
- Initial nurse triage via phone for students seeking medical care
- Pre-screening via 919-719-6324 or 919-546-8286 for COVID-19 symptoms
- Telehealth visits for evaluation of acute respiratory illnesses
- Contactless check-in
Student Health Screening:
- The Student Health Center will collaborate with health care partners, including the Wake County Department of Public Health to assist students that request health screenings.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who suspect they have come in contact with someone who has tested positive, should contact the Student Health Center immediately as well as your Resident Manager while maintaining social distancing
- The Health center will assist in setting up an appointment for testing. If there are charges that are not covered by a student’s insurance, the student is responsible for payment. Options for billing can be discussed with your health care provider.
- The Student Health Center will develop a supplemental campaign for flu vaccination for students on campus.
Non-residential students are asked to quarantine in their own homes and notify the campus health center immediately when they suspect or have symptoms indicating possible exposure to the COVID 19 virus. The campus health center will assist off campus
students in identifying and directing the necessary resources to support their safe recovery. Students living on campus will be encouraged to return to their permanent homes, if possible. Additional isolation and quarantine requirements for residential
students can be found in the complete Campus Reopening Plan.
Guidance from the CDC Guidance Document for Shared or Congregate Housing will be followed, as outlined in the Campus Reopening Plan.
Office of Student Affairs - Residence Life will notify students regarding rooming arrangements.