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COVID-19 Center

Current Status

last updated: 08/16/2022

The university continues to require students, faculty and staff to have a COVID-19 vaccination going into the 2022-2023 academic year, strongly encouraging COVID-19 booster shots as soon as an individual is elligible following the final dose of their initial COVID-19 vaccine series. Any unvaccinated member of the JWU community is required to submit a medical or religious exemption. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students must arrive in the fall with a negative COVID test to ensure our shared living spaces are safe.

Mask-wearing, regardless of vaccination status, is optional and no longer required inside or outside buildings on campus. However, anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask (KN95 recommended) is fully supported in doing so. Masks are still required in Health Services offices. Students, faculty and staff should still carry a mask on them at all times. You can find more on which masks work best and what is recommended here (updated by CDC January 2022).

The COVID Health Questionnaire will be available but is no longer required for entry into classes or buildings.

Please note: the COVID Health Questionnaire and masks are still required for entry into Charlotte Campus Health Services.

CDC COVID Data Tracker

CDC COVID Data Tracker

This site provides an integrated, county view of key data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Health & Safety

Johnson & Wales University remains committed to mitigating the risks of COVID-19 and maintaining a positive campus community and online environment for living, learning and working. 

Learn More About Health & Safety

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Support The Overall Well-being of JWU Campuses

All JWU community members must follow these guidelines each and every day.

Read the COVID-19 Conduct Protocol

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“We have found many creative and fun ways to stay connected and engaged ... Let’s do our part to keep our campuses open and keep each other safe.”

- Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D.

Read the Chancellor’s Message

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Universitywide FAQs

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What is the university's protocol on returning to campus in Fall 2022?

All students are expected to submit their COVID vaccination or an exemption request before arriving on campus for fall. A booster shot is recommended, but not required, for students, faculty, & staff as they are eligible. Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students must arrive in the fall with a negative COVID test to ensure our shared living spaces are safe. 

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What is the guidance for wearing a mask while on campus?

Mask-wearing, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, is optional on our campus and no longer required inside or outside buildings. Please be advised that anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask (a KN95 mask is recommended) on campus is supported in doing so. We also encourage all students, faculty and staff to continue carrying masks on them. Please note: the university still requires masks in Health Services offices.

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Will sentinel testing take place this fall?

At the current moment, the university has decided not to continue with weekly sentinel testing for unvaccinated individuals. However, we will be monitoring the RIDOH-reported level of COVID-19 in our community and will make changes if necessary. COVID-19 tests are available in health services offices for any member of our community who is feeling ill and has COVID-19 symptoms.

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Can I do an at-home test?

You can.

Once you've taken an at-home test, here's what you should do:

  • Take a picture of the test strip.
    • If there is room on your test strip, write your name and the date you took the test on it.
    • If there isn’t room on the test strip, write just the date you took the test on the test strip. Then write your name on a piece of paper and take a picture of both the test strip and the paper with your information on it in one photo.
  • Submit your photo to Health Services via the Medicat Portal

If you are a student on the Providence Campus and your result is positive, call Health Services at 401-598-1104 or 401-598-1151. Health Services will instruct you on quarantine/isolation guidelines and assist you with any questions you may have. Positive or negative, you should also submit your result to the Rhode Island Department of Health by going to https://portal.ri.gov/gettested/s/selftest?language=en_US and filling out the required fields.

If you are a student on the Charlotte Campus and your result is positive, email Health Services (hcs.clt@jwu.edu) with your best contact information and any information about symptoms, course of illness, and contacts. Health Services will contact you by phone to provide instructions on quarantine/isolation guidelines and assist you with any questions you may have.

*This does not apply to JWU employees (faculty and staff) who are unvaccinated. They must continue to be tested on-campus or in another monitored testing situation.

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How can I upload off-site test results to share with the university?

Once you have your test results from either a medical provider or testing site (or an at-home test), you should:

  • Submit a photo of those results to Health Services via the Medicat Portal