COVID-19 Center

Current Status

Last Updated: 1/20/2021

JWU began the first day of classes on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. To accommodate this delayed start, the university has canceled spring break. Limited on-campus activities will be permitted with approval.

Following CDC guidelines, individuals on university property will be asked to practice physical distancing, wear masks and use hand sanitizers available in high traffic areas. Students and faculty must wear masks when on campuses for classes.

The following students were welcomed to campus for the spring semester:

  • Students with classes that require a laboratory component
  • Students on local internships
  • Seniors who wish to come to campus
  • New students, regardless of major (except Denver and North Miami)
  • Returning first-year students who began classes this fall (except Denver and North Miami)

Students enrolled solely in lecture, non-lab academic classes will be taught remotely for the spring semester, as well as all graduate students (with the exception of those enrolled in Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy Doctorate, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership programs).

Each day, all faculty, staff and students reporting to campus will be 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. Students should be prepared to present results from their daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire upon request. 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 will be asked to reach out Health Services to determine their next steps.

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


Universitywide FAQs

What are the plans for the spring 2021 semester?

The realities and implications of COVID-19 continue to inform our decisions regarding the spring semester. Once again, we evaluated different scenarios based on the most current government and public health guidance and projections for 2021.

Based on the information we have today, we have decided to move the first day of class to Tuesday, January 19, 2021. This delayed start will accommodate Providence Campus students arriving from any state to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

Should circumstances occur over the coming weeks that may affect our decisions regarding the spring semester, we will inform you as quickly as possible.

What is the status of spring break?

Like so many other colleges, we are also cancelling spring break. This will allow us to complete the academic year as planned.

What is the status of Commencement ceremonies in 2021?

The university continues to meet to discuss how to celebrate commencement and will share more details in early 2021

I am an international student. How might plans for the spring semester impact me?

International students may visit to find detailed information about plans for the semester.

Who are first-year students? Who are first-year transfer students?

First-year students are considered to be new students who have enrolled at JWU and began their studies here this fall or spring. First-year students are welcome to live on campus. This includes the new students who had enrolled at either the North Miami or Denver campuses, and decided to campus transfer to either Providence or Charlotte.

First-year transfer students are students who attended another institution after high school before coming to JWU. First-year transfer students are also welcome to live on campus.