Jul 14, 2024  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Food Service (Main Campus)

Students may eat meals in the Shaw University Cafeteria at rates established by the University and during designated meal hours. Shaw University is also in proximity of fast food restaurants and off-campus cafes. Students also have the option to purchase a meal package with Thompson Hospitality.

Housing (Main Campus)

Housing is available on campus for graduate students at the regular rate set by the University. Information regarding the process for obtaining housing will be sent to incoming students.

Health Services

The Health Services Center is located on the first floor of Fleming/Kee Hall. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  A school nurse is available to serve students during the stated hours of operation. The Physicians are in the health center on Tuesday and Friday from 12 noon - until last student is seen.  

Counseling Center 

Mobile Unit # 744
919-546-8525 main

Regular Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday

Call to schedule appointments after 5:00pm


The Counseling Center’s focus is to maintain the emotional and psychological wellbeing of our students.  In order for our students to succeed in their chosen fields of study they have to be free of emotional and psychological distress.  Stress, depression, relationship issues, and dependencies are major factors in our students’ failure to compete academically.  The Counseling Center endeavors to plan, organize, implement and evaluate programs that provide for personal-social counseling, referral services and general guidance that helps to prepare and accommodate students to college life and ultimately retention and graduation.  The Counseling Center is committed to providing confidential services for our diverse population who otherwise might not have or take the opportunity to receive these services.


To attain the outcomes identified in the mission statement, the Counseling Center established the following goals:

  • Expand current programs to insure that all students are served.
  • Provide ongoing information to students in order to help them make informed decisions regarding emotional and psychological issues that confront them.
  • Provide direct services for substance abuse.
  • Provide services and support groups to assist the student community in coping and survival skills.
  • Increase effectiveness of Disability Services.
  • Increase outreach services to enhance and increase visibility of the Counseling Center.
  • Continue to upgrade and utilize technology to support student learning outcomes.
  • Implement the use of a satisfaction survey to monitor student satisfaction.

Develop new positive lifestyles without the use of drugs and alcohol.


  • Individual Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Student Disability Services
  • Workshops
  • Assessments
  • Substance Abuse counseling
  • Peer Educators

Individual Counseling:  Confidential counseling is provided for students who have personal concerns, difficulties adjusting to the college and other stressors with daily living.  Individual counseling is short-term in nature.  Services are available if long-term treatment is necessary.

Support Groups:  Support groups are available on a continual and as-needed basis.  Students can request for specific support groups to be implemented.

Student Disability Services:  The mission of the Disability Services Program is to offer quality services and reasonable and effective accommodations to students with disabilities to enhance their academic success, participation in educational programs, and quality of campus life.  Shaw University does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process, or treatment of disabled individuals, pursuant to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Shaw University makes no pre-admission inquiry about an applicant’s disability.  The University recognizes that the decision to self-identify any disability is a personal decision.  Once an applicant has been accepted, the applicant will receive a self-Identification Form and Authorization for Release of Confidential Information Form from the Counseling center.  At this point it is the student’s responsibility to advise the Counseling Center that he/she has a disability.

Shaw University is committed to the equal opportunity of education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or sexual preference, national origin, age or disability.

Disability Services has been established to ensure that every individual with a disability has an equal opportunity to participate in the college community. Any student or visitor with a documented disability who wishes to request appropriate accommodations may contact the Counseling Center/Disability Services Office.  For additional information, contact Mrs. Jerelene Carver, Director of the Counseling Center/Disability Services/504 Coordinator at 919-546-8525

Workshops/Seminars: Each month workshops or seminars are available for students.  Workshops vary in topics such as:  Alcohol Awareness, Stress Management, Time Management, Conflict Resolution, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, Violence Against Women and Men, Dating and relationships, Adjusting to College Life, etc.

Substance Abuse counseling will be provided in an assertive and positive effort to empower the administration, faculty, staff and students to maintain an addiction free campus.  The addiction professional will conduct workshops and provide both individual and group sessions. Shaw University has a Zero tolerance policy regarding drugs and alcohol.  Students receive optimal care, treatment, and education relevant to drug and alcohol prevention. The university also uses eCHECKUPTOGO. This program is a personalized, evidenced-based, online prevention intervention for alcohol and marijuana. This program is designed to motivate individuals to reduce their consumption using personalized information about their own drinking and risk factors. The programs were designed and are updated with the most current and reliable research available.

 Peer educators have been established to make recommendations, and provide practical strategies for greater communications among the entire campus.  Any student who violates our drug policy will be referred to our Judicial Affairs division.  For additional information, contact contact Mrs. Jerelene Carver, 919-546-8525.

Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) - Resources Intervention Services and Education (RISE)

Office on Violence Against Women Grant (OVW) the campus program has been implemented here at Shaw University to develop effective culturally-relevant campus based programming that builds upon strong campus based programming that builds upon strong campus and community partnerships with the goals of strengthening services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as well as promoting multifaceted prevention strategies within the campus community.


  • Use your own instinct and Judgment to protect yourself
  • Call 911, seek medical attention, and document injuries
  • Store extra money, keys, clothes, and important documents in a safe place
  • Call Interact 24 Hour Crisis line if you need help planning where to stay
  • Call Attorney or Crisis line for Legal Advice
  • Inform trusted family members, friends, and co-workers of the situation

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted: DO NOT eat, smoke, drink, shower, douche, change clothes, or use the bathroom as it may destroy the evidence.  For additional information regarding sexual misconduct, contact, Ms. Jamechya Carter-Duncan, 959-546-8203.

Campus and Community Resources for Dating Violence and Sexual Assault

Shaw University Counseling Center


Interact/24 hour Crisis Hotline

(919)828-3004 for Sexual Assault

North Carolina Coalition against Sexual Assault


Hospital/ Medical Assistance

Shaw University Student Health Center


Wake Medical Center


Rex Healthcare


Duke Raleigh Hospital


Legal and Administrative

Campus Security and Police


Wake County Sherriff Department



Standardized Instruments used, but not limited to, include the following:

  • Substance Abuse assessment and evaluation
  • Echeckuptgo
  • Substance Abuse intervention Program (SAIP)
  • Alcohol 101
  • Marijuana 101
  • College Student Inventory


The following is a list of disability-related websites and organizations intended to provide additional information to students, parents, faculty, and staff.  This list is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee the accuracy, relevancy, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  This is not all- inclusive and users are encouraged to research for additional information.


Disability Services Handbook

Driven to Distraction”, Ed Hallowell MD, and John Ratey MD, Pantheon

You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?” Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo Tyrel and Jerem Press

National Resume Database for Students with Disabilities


Learning Disabilities Association of America

The International Dyslexia Association

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

Association on Higher Education and Disability

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic

Fed World Home page


The World’s largest online library of information: search Substance Abuse




Mrs. Jerelene Carver, MA, AC (Administrative Certification)

Director Counseling/Disability Services

Shaw University-Division of Student Affairs

919-546-8525 (Office)

919-821-8403 (Fax)



Yolanda Mercer

Counselor, Shaw University Counseling Center






Whitley Grant, M. A

Project Coordinator, Counseling Center

Shaw University-Student Affairs

919 546-8203 (Office)

919 -821-8403 (Fax)



Disability Services

Procedures for Student Disability Services


To provide a process for services to students with disabilities and receipt of appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting possible. Shaw University makes no pre-admission inquiry about an applicant’s disability.  The University recognizes that the decision to self-identify any disability is a personal decision.  Once an applicant has been accepted, the applicant will receive a Self-Identification Form and Authorization for Release of Confidentiality Information Form from the Counseling Center.  At this point it is the student’s responsibility to advise the Counseling Center that he/she has a disability.




The complaint process can be invoked if a student’s requested academic adjustments have been denied, not just “are not being met.” If for any reason one feels that their privacy has been compromised or if one feel that their accommodations are not being met, please inform the Disability Services office of any complaint and follow the procedures as outlined:

Step- 1 The Disability Services office will receive the complaint.

Step- 2 The Disability Services office will respond in writing within a 30 day time period from the date your complaint was received in the Disability Services office.  This time period will allow for collecting information and utilizing the investigative process to make a determination.

In an effort to provide resolution for any complaints, the University will provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 540 and/or Title II and will include provisions for adequate, reliable and impartial investigations of complaints including the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence and the requirement that the investigation including witness statements, interviews, documentary evidence, and analysis of the evidence in support of the conclusion will be documented and maintained in a locked file in the Counseling Center’s records room.  


Section 504 prohibits retaliation against individuals who file complaints under these laws or participate in a complaint investigation




  1. Self-Identification Form: Voluntary procedure to disclose the type of disability and the current medical/psychiatric documentation.


  1. Authorization for Release of Information Form: Allows Shaw University to disclose confidential information only to those persons designated by the student.


  1. Disability Verification: Current documentation that states the disability.


  1. Release of Confidential Information Form: Allows Shaw University to obtain confidential information from relevant and appropriate agencies to assist in providing accommodations for students.


  1. Course Accommodation Plan:  An agreement between student and instructor to implement appropriate accommodations for class instructions.


Documentation should be current within three years, but exceptions may be necessary dependent upon the individual and disability.


Responsibilities of Students


  1. Self-identify by completing the appropriate documentation.
  2. Consult with a counselor to determine specific accommodations based on documentation.

Please fill out the following form to lodge a complaint:


Shaw University Counseling Center 118 E. South St. Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 (919) 546-8525

Complaint Process Form


An individual with a disability is defined as a person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially, limits one or more life activities, (2) has a record of such impairment or (3) is regarded as having such impairment. ADA prohibits discrimination solely on the basis of disability in employment, public services, and accommodations. The person must be otherwise qualified for the program, service, or job.


The ADA details administrative requirements, complaint procedure, and the consequences for  non-compliance related to both services and employment.  The ADA requires provision of reasonable accommodations for eligible students across educational activities and settings.  Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to the redesigning of equipment, the assigning of aides, the provision of written communication in alternate formats, the modification of tests, the redesigning of services to accessible locations, the altering of existing facilities, and the adherence to accessibility guidelines for new facilities.

The complaint process can be invoked if a student’s requested academic adjustments have been denied, not just “are not being met.” If for any reason you feel that your privacy has been compromised or if you feel your accommodations are not being met, please follow the procedure as outlined below:



Phone Number_______________________________________________________________________


Professor or Individual’s Name____________________________________________________

Describe the concern: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The Disability Services office will report back to you in writing of the outcome of the complaint within 5 business days from the date your complaint was received in the Disability Services office.  Section 504 prohibits retaliation against individuals who file complaints under these laws or participate in a complaint investigation.

Bookstore (Main Campus)

The Bookstore is located in the basement of the Willie E. Gary Student Union Building. Supplies, books, University paraphernalia including tee shirts, mugs, cups, etc. are available in the Bookstore.

Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA)

The GSGA is the official student organization of the Shaw University Divinity School. The graduate student body elects all GSGA officers annually. The GSGA meets monthly and concerns itself with student and community life. This organization is closely supervised by the faculty advisor for GSGA.

Chapel (Main Campus)

Each Saturday students and faculty gather in the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel for worship during the school year. Chapel services are also held each Saturday at the High Point CAPE. The Chaplain of the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel schedules other worship service opportunities for the larger university.

Campus Police/Security

The Shaw University Police and Security Department supports the University’s mission statement which exists to advance knowledge, facilitate student learning and achievement, to enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students, and to transform a diverse community of learners into future global leaders. Our vision includes the safety and security all members of the Shaw University. We exist to serve the community in a joint effort, where department members, students, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors of Shaw University create the reality of a safe and secure environment throughout. The mission of the Shaw University Police and Security Department is to protect life and property, to understand and serve the needs of the community, to actively seek to identify Shaw community problems, to support the University’s mission and to improve the quality of life in a multicultural community through innovative and creative measures, setting the trend for excellent service to the Shaw community while maintaining a rich history of being the first HBCU in the south founded in 1865.

Whereas Section Chapter 74G: Campus Police Act (a) of the State of North Carolina Education Code provides that the governing Board of Trustees of respective private institutions of higher education, are authorized to employ and commission campus police and security personnel for the purpose of enforcing the laws of this state. Any officer commissioned under the provisions of this section is vested with all the powers, privileges and immunities of peace officers while on the property under control and jurisdiction of the respective private institution of higher education or otherwise in the performance of his/her assigned duties. Shaw University Police are certified by the North Carolina Commission of Training and Standards and Educated according to the established training requirements of the State of North Carolina for Peace Officers, make arrests pursuant to the North Carolina Code of Criminal Procedure for crimes defined in the North Carolina Penal Code. They are supported by three non-commissioned University Service Associates and three civilian staff members.

Shaw University Police and Security Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Patrol is conducted on foot and through the use of marked patrol vehicles.

The University Police and Security Department is responsible for law enforcement, security and emergency response on campus, to include property owned, leased or otherwise under the control of the University. Crimes committed on campus and suspicious incidents that pose a threat to the University community are handled effectively by our investigation division and may lead to the arrest of suspects, recovery of lost or stolen property, clearance of suspects of any wrong action, or recommendations and actions to improve the safety of the Shaw University community.

The University Police Department maintains close working relationships with the Raleigh Police Department, and Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Shaw University complies with its reporting obligations pursuant to the Clery Act, which requires Universities to provide reported campus crime statistics, crime awareness and prevention. Any information regarding Clery Act reports and reporting may be directed to Campus Police Officer Sgt. Floyd Griffin by contacting the Department of Police and Security at (919-546-8249 or 919-546-8214) in an Emergency dial (911). Our new phone system will invoke and enhance swift response time informing communications of caller’s immediate location before, Raleigh PD communicates call.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities offers a variety of recreational, social, cultural, educational, developmental, and experiential activities for the entire Shaw University community. Students at Shaw University are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. Activities offered are essential to the growth of the whole person. Participation in athletic, religious, and social activities, as well as organizations, positively impacts a student’s over all personal and professional development.

Willie E. Gary Student Center

The Willie E. Gary Student Union is open seven days a week. It is a multipurpose center. Cultural, social, and recreational activities are held in the facility. Located on the lower level are the Bookstore, Mail-room, and Bears’ Den (student game room). The Dining Hall is located on the first floor. The second floor houses the offices of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Judicial Affairs, Student Identification (IDs), Student Activities Greek Life, and the Student Government Association (SGA). The Willie E. Gary Student Union is a relaxing environment where students can socialize, play cards, host activities, have meetings, and entertain guests.

Bears’ Den

The Bears’ Den is located on the lower level of the Willie E. Gary Student Center. Students are invited to play pool, ping-pong, foosball, video games, and various board games for free. The Bears’ Den is open Monday through Friday from 3 pm-10pm.

Student Organizations

All student organizations are governed by the Office of Student Activities. Registered student organizations are defined and placed into seven different categories:

Academic Organizations - Academic organizations are designed for students interested in a particular career or academic field.

Fraternities, Sororities, and Social Fellowships - Fraternities, Sororities, and Social Fellowships are local or national, social and service-oriented organizations that work to foster the ideals of leadership, scholarship, and the development of character.

Honor Societies - Honor societies are local or national organizations that provide recognition for students with academic honors and provide service and/or leadership opportunities for academic leaders.

Religious Organizations - Religious organizations are designed to provide spiritual and religious development and support.

Service Organizations - Service organizations that provide volunteer opportunities for civic-minded students eager to serve the campus and/or community.

Special Interest Organizations - Special interest organizations provide an outlet for students to be creative and display diversity.

Athletic Organizations - Athletic organizations encourage participation in team sports, physical fitness, health and wellness, and athletic administration.

Officers of student organizations must have and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in order to hold office, excluding the SGA President and Miss Shaw University positions. The SGA President must have and maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA in order to hold office. Miss Shaw University must have and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to hold office. Exceptions must be discussed and approved by the Office of Student Activities, in writing.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is responsible for addressing student concerns, planning activities, and supervising various student committees. Executive officers are elected each year, but all currently enrolled students are considered members of the organization. Every student is encouraged to become active in student government through participating in elections, attending meetings, involving themselves on committees and contributing ideas through their elected officials. A list of officers, committees and the SGA Constitution are on file in the SGA Office and the Office of Student Activities.

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi

This is a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those achieving such distinction. Its name derives from the initial letters of the Greek words Aletheia and Character, meaning Truth and Character. An honor society, Alpha Chi predicates its membership upon accomplishment rather than mere interest or participation. A general honor society as contrasted with a specialized one, it admits to membership students from all academic disciplines rather than a single area of study.

Alpha Epsilon Rho

This is the honor society within The National Broadcasting Society, a national organization of and for students supported by electronic media professionals. Shaw University’s chapter, established in 1975, promotes the national goal of emphasizing superior scholarship and creative participation in broadcast and corporate production and activity. Membership in Alpha Epsilon Rho exemplifies excellence of work, demonstrated leadership qualities and service to the organization, the community, and the industry.

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society

The Alpha Kappa Mu is an academic honor society. The purpose of the society is to promote high scholarship, to encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and services, to cultivate a high order of personal living, and to cultivate a higher order of scholarly work and endeavor in others.

Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society

The Beta Kappa Chi is a chapter of the National Scientific Honor Society that functions under the guidance of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The purpose of the Beta Kappa Chi is to encourage the advancement of scientific education through original investigations, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the stimulation of high scholarship in the pure and applied sciences.

Honors College Association

The Honors College Association (HCA) is the student organization within The Honors College. HCA plans a variety of special events, activities, and community service projects with the aim of enriching the academic, cultural, and social experience among Honors students at Shaw University.

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The Phi Alpha is an academic honor society for students majoring in Social Work. The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond amongst these students and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

National Greek Letter Fraternities And Sororities

The University recognizes eight national groups that are a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Beta Rho Chapter); Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Beta Rho Chapter); Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Delta Gamma Chapter); Omega Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Delta Psi Chapter); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Alpha Rho Chapter); Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. (Iota Chapter); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Iota Chapter), and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (Gamma Tau Chapter).

Students seeking membership must:

  1. Have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  2. Be of sophomore status or higher.
  3. Have been enrolled at the University for two consecutive semesters prior to application for membership (summer session excluded).
  4. Complete financial clearance.
  5. Must not have violated the student code of conduct.
  6. Must have completed “CASES” grades requirements.

The University does not allow any pledging or initiation activities for any organization. In addition, the University prohibits hazing of any type and will suspend any group not abiding by the rules and policies of the University.

Please check www.shawu.edu/studentactivities for regular updates and to view the Student Activities Calendar.

University Traditions

University Convocations

The University conducts at least four major assemblies during the school year. All members of the University community are expected to attend these formal gatherings. All are mandatory for freshmen, first year students and seniors matriculating in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Fall Convocation recognizes the official opening of the academic year. The University President normally speaks at this occasion.

Founder’s Day Convocation celebrates the founding of the University.

Honors Convocation recognizes and pays tribute to those persons who have excelled in curricular and extracurricular activities.

Spring Convocation affords the University an opportunity to celebrate the second part of the school year.


Homecoming is a festive occasion in which the entire campus becomes involved. It is a time when alumni of Shaw University return to the University to renew old acquaintances and enjoy the festivities of the week. Among the major attractions are the crowning of Miss Homecoming, the Homecoming Concert, a parade, the traditional football game, and a fraternity and sorority “step show.”

Founder’s Day

Shaw University was founded in 1865. This founding is celebrated annually with a Founder’s Day Convocation. The speakers chosen for this occasion are persons who have made significant contributions to society.

Coronation of Miss Shaw

The coronation of Miss Shaw University is characterized by an atmosphere of royalty, splendor, and campus unity.

Religious Emphasis Week

Religious Emphasis Week is a period when the University emphasizes the importance of religion in the growth and development of the human personality. During this week, celebrated clergy and lay persons are invited to campus to participate in interdenominational activities.

Athletic Banquet

The Athletic Banquet is an affair that honors outstanding athletes at the University. Special tributes are made during the Spring Semester.

Cultural Academic and Spiritual Enrichment Seminar (CASES)

CASES at Shaw is a program designed to expose participants to messages by outstanding community leaders. Attendance is mandatory for all freshmen and sophomores and strongly encouraged for the entire University community.

Service Awards

Service Awards are presented to members of the campus community in a special program. This is done in appreciation of meritorious and outstanding service beyond the normal or expected call of duty.

Senior Reception

Senior Reception is an annual event for graduating seniors and is hosted by the President of the Senior Class. Graduating seniors and their parents/guardians and friends join the campus community in a special night of celebration, with expressions of appreciation from the seniors to all who have contributed to their success.


Students are not allowed to participate in the commencement exercises unless they have been cleared for graduation.

Shaw University Code of Conduct

The personal conduct of a University student is subject to the moral and legal restraints found in any law-abiding community. The code of conduct is a positive force outlining the responsibility of each member of the Shaw community to uphold the standards and policies of the University plus all other guidelines that pertain to good order and human decency.


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