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COVID-19 Center

Current Status

last updated: 01/20/22

Students, faculty and staff are required to get their COVID-19 booster shot six months following the final dose of their initial COVID-19 vaccine series. Any unvaccinated member of the JWU community will be required to continue participation in sentinel testing. Along with hand washing, physical distancing, the daily screening questionnaire, and face masks, this is a key way to keep our campus community healthy & safe. If you do become fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in sentinel testing. On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new Variant of Concern, Omicron. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to study the spread and severity of Omicron, it is advised that vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.

Guidance for Mask Wearing: Masks must be worn inside public places on JWU’s campuses until further notice, regardless of vaccination status. To maximize protection from variants and prevent possibly spreading them to others, the CDC now recommends that all persons, whether fully vaccinated or not, wear a mask indoors in public if located in an area of substantial or high transmission. Currently, Rhode Island and Charlotte are both areas of substantial or high transmission, but that is subject to changes as circumstances evolve. All persons should continue to wear a mask where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks should fit well over your nose and mouth, filter the air, and have layers. You can find more on which masks work best and what is recommended here (updated by CDC January 2022).

REMINDER: Each day, all faculty, staff and students reporting to campus are required to screen their current health conditions by answering the daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire, which can be accessed in the JWU Mobile app, jwuLink, or HRpulse. If you receive a green check mark, you will be cleared to be on campus. If a faculty or staff member receives a red check mark, they will need to consult their health care provider and notify their supervisor. Students who receive a red check mark are asked to reach out Health Services to determine their next steps.

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.

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JWU Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policy

Click here to read the full policy.

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 precautions are being taken to ensure a safe return to campus for Spring 2022?

To begin our spring semester with a safe and healthy campus environment for all, we made a decision to begin the semester with remote learning to allow all students, faculty and staff sufficient time to obtain a COVID-19 test upon return to campus. Classes in Providence began remotely on Monday, January 10, but transitioned back to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18 (following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 17).

Despite this delayed in-person start, students returning to campus were expected to move back into their dorms prior to the January 10 start of classes to ensure all members of the community could get tested.

Due to a higher positivity rate in North Carolina, the university made the decision to stagger reopening the Charlotte Campus for in-person learning a bit later than the Providence schedule.

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Will sentinel testing be done on campus this spring?

Students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must continue to participate in mandatory surveillance testing on assigned testing days. Along with hand washing, physical distancing, the daily screening questionnaire, and face masks, this is a key way to keep our campus community healthy & safe. If you do become fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in sentinel testing.

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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 (student employees, faculty, staff) who are unvaccinated. They must continue to be tested on-campus or in another monitored testing situation. 

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Why has the university decided to require the COVID-19 booster shots for students?

After careful consultation with government and public health officials, the university will require all students to receive COVID-19 booster shots six months following the final dose of their initial COVID-19 vaccine series.

Having our student population fully vaccinated with their booster shots will aid our efforts to provide a safer and more robust college experience for our entire JWU community. Moreover, students who are vaccinated will not need to adhere to the extensive quarantine protocols that have been in place. Through widespread vaccination, we can accelerate the return to a more traditional college experience, including seamless delivery of in-person courses, attending athletic games, more on-campus events and activities, and the resumption of our on-campus visitor and guest policy.

Students are required to upload their medical records verifying their COVID-19 vaccination into the Medicat Student Patient Portal. The university will not accept student vaccination records via email.

To upload medical records verifying COVID-19 vaccinations, visit jwu.medicatconnect.com and follow these steps:

  • Enter your JWU log in
  • Once the portal is open, click Upload
  • Select 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid 19), NAA (Third Party) from the drop down menu
  • To upload take a photo or screenshot of your vaccination card with your phone, email that to yourself, open your email up on your computer, then you can drag/drop or browse for the file that you would then upload to the portal.

JWU asks that students provide proof of their booster shot by no later than March 1, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible for a booster shot if that comes after March 1. 

Students who have been granted an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons will continue to be required to go through sentinel testing.

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Is there a COVID-19 booster shot requirement for faculty and staff?
To create a safer, healthier campus environment for all, the university is requiring all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated and obtain the followup booster shot six months following their initial COVID-19 vaccine series. Faculty and staff are required to provide Human Resources with a copy of their vaccination card. Faculty and staff requesting an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons must complete and submit the request form located on HRpulse.