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COVID-19 Center

Current Status

last updated: 8/27/21

Students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Anyone who has requested a medical or religious exemption and is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must 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. Any unvaccinated member of the JWU community will be assigned to a group and participate in testing every four weeks. If you do become fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in sentinel testing.

Updated Guidance for Mask Wearing: Masks must be worn inside public places on JWU’s campuses until further notice, regardless of vaccination status. On July 27, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) revised its guidance on mask wearing to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it 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.

 

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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Will sentinel testing be done on campus this fall?

Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must 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. Any unvaccinated member of the JWU community will be assigned to a group and participate in testing every four weeks. If you do become fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in sentinel testing.

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

Masks must be worn inside public places on JWU’s campuses until further notice, regardless of vaccination status. On July 27, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) revised its guidance on mask wearing to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it 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.

A reminder to all who have not yet been vaccinated: you must monitor and abide by evolving local, state, and federal guidelines and requirements as well as university policy related to COVID-19, including the requirement that you continue to wear a mask when you are indoors on campus

 

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Is there a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for faculty and staff?
To create a safer, healthier campus environment for all, the university is now requiring all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated. Faculty and staff must have received at least one dose of the vaccine by August 30, the first day of classes, and must have received all manufacturer-recommended doses of the vaccine by September 30. Faculty and staff will be 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.
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Why has the university decided to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students?

After careful consultation with government and public health officials, the university will require that all students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival to campus for the 2021 fall semester.

Adding the COVID-19 vaccination to our student immunization requirements 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 record 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 vaccination by no later than August 6, 2021. 

Students may request an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons. Students are able to complete the attestation form directly on the Medicat webpage: jwu.medicatconnect.com when they log in. Look for the COVID Vaccine exemption form.

Students should allow one week to receive confirmation of their exemption or full vaccination status and should continue to monitor their JWU email.

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What happens if a student arrives to campus this fall without being vaccinated and without requesting an exemption?

The student would be advised to complete the exemption form on the Medicat webpage: jwu.medicatconnect.com or schedule a vaccination appointment, providing proof when they receive their shot(s). Students in this instance would have a temporary hold on their account during the university’s consideration of the exemption request or until proof of compliance is entered into the student’s Medicat account.

For tracking purposes. COVID-19 Vaccination Holds are active for students who have not satisfied the vaccine requirement.