May 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Information

Shaw University: A Living/Learning Community

Religious Life

The University motto “pro christo et humanitate” that is interpreted “for Christ and humanity” speaks to the broader assertion that religion and learning go hand-in-hand. The University also embraces the belief that character grows with knowledge. This gives indication that spiritual growth and development is a critical part of learning at Shaw University. The University is committed to its tradition as a Christian institution. It also promotes interaction with other faith groups and it respects diversity throughout the campus community.

The University Chaplain is the key university official responsible for providing leadership in spiritual activities throughout the University. Additionally, he or she provides pastoral counseling, worship opportunities, Bible study, visitation and supervision of University Chaplain student religious organizations. The Chaplain is the spiritual advisor to the University president and provides advice on all matters that serve to enhance spiritual development, increase esprit de corps, and enhance the moral and ethical dimension throughout the campus community. The Chaplain is also responsible for forging a partnership with local churches and clergy for the purpose of creating a positive environment conducive to various expressions of faith.

The Chaplain also provides sponsorship of other activities designed to enhance spiritual development throughout the campus community. These activities include: Bible studies, seminars, religious student organizations, and an array of outreach programs.

Residence Life

The residence halls afford all students the opportunity to interact with others from varied backgrounds and in doing so broaden their own experiences. Students occupying the residence halls are expected to abide by all the regulations and policies established by the institution. Occupancy of spaces in the residence halls does not constitute ownership, but it carries with it respect for University property and respect for the rights of others.

All students must declare their housing preference as “on campus” or “off campus” at the beginning of the registration process. Official permission for residence in the dormitory cannot be granted until registration is completed. Students who are temporarily assigned to rooms who do not complete registration within the prescribed time must vacate the facility and will then be charged for the period of occupancy.

Shaw University housing staff consists of a Director, Residence Counselors, and Resident Assistants. The staff is under the direction of the Director of Student Services and is responsible for the design and implementation of a program of activities that enhances the personal growth of each resident. All rooms have telephone capabilities and are air-conditioned.

Security in Residence Halls

All exterior doors in the residence halls are equipped with alarm systems for the safety and security of the occupants. Students are required to use the front door at all times. Any student who places the lives or safety of others in jeopardy by admitting unauthorized persons through any exit or by manipulating doors so that such persons may gain entrance will be dismissed from the University.


A student who violates policy or regulations may be placed on probation, depending on the nature of the offense. During this stated time period, the student may be prohibited from participating in any social activity. *See also the Student Handbook.

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.

Counseling Center

Mobile Unit # 744
919-546-8525 main

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

After hours, call campus security for emergencies


The Counseling Center’s focus is to maintain the emotional and psychological wellbeing of students. Stress, depression, relationship issues, and dependencies are major factors in our students’ failure to compete academically.  In an effort to achieve our mission, we must plan, organize, implement, and evaluate programs that provide for personal-social, academic advisement, referral services and general guidance that help to prepare students for life after 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.


The goal of the Counseling Center is to provide comprehensive and effective support services, build partnerships, and expand community outreach services necessary for students to maximize their personal development.   The Counseling Center established the following goals:

  • Expand current programs to ensure that all students are served.
  • Provide ongoing information to students 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 students in the campus community with 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 surveys to monitor student satisfaction.
  • Develop new positive lifestyles without the use of drugs and alcohol.

Service Provided

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 Disability Services Program offers 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 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 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. 

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

Office on Violence Against Women Grant (OVW) campus program has been implemented here at Shaw University to develop effective culturally-relevant campus based programming.  These programs 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.

Tips on what to do if an incident of sexual violence were to occur:

  • 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
  • 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, the staff in the Counseling Center.

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 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.

Fed World Home page

Substance Abuse

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Shaw University Counseling Center Staff

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

Director Counseling/Disability Services

Shaw University-Division of Student Affairs

919-546-8525 (Office)

Mr. Michael Tuma, MA, MFT
Counseling Center - University Counselor

Shaw University-Division of Student Affairs

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 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 Resources

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 (LDA) -The International Dyslexia Association - National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) - Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) - Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD)

Compliant Process and Procedure

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

Required Documentation 

  1. Self-Identification Form: Voluntary procedure to disclose the type of disability and the current medical/psychiatric documentation.
  2. Authorization for Release of Information Form: Allows Shaw University to disclose confidential information only to those persons designated by the student.
  3. Disability Verification: Current documentation that states the disability.
  4. Release of Confidential Information Form: Allows Shaw University to obtain confidential information from relevant and appropriate agencies to assist in providing accommodations for students.
  5. 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.

Responsibility 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

Compliant Process Form

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990

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

Health Services

Assessment and treatment of minor illness and injury are provided for students on an outpatient basis Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. by qualified personnel in the Student Health Center. Referrals are given for specialized consultation off campus for students with other health problems. The Health Center is located on the first floor of the Men’s Residence, which is easily accessible to both on- and off-campus students.

Campus Police/Security

The Campus Police Officers are sworn officers of the courts. The primary responsibility of Campus Police and Security is to provide a safe and secure campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and our visitors. The primary function of the department is to maintain a safe and secure campus environment, officers do enforce the laws of the land and investigate infractions and criminal violations within the campus community. The department will prosecute to the fullest anyone who has maliciously broken regulations and laws, by way of the campus Judiciary System for Student Code of Conduct Violations or through the court system for violations of the law.

Campus Police and Security performs a variety of law enforcement and security tasks including, safety checks, escorts, emergency response, student presentations and special security assignments. Campus Police and Security Officers patrol campus on foot and vehicle 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Campus Police and Security works closely with the Raleigh Police Department and Wake County Sheriff’s Department through informal meetings and formal written agreements between the departments.

Law Enforcement Authority

Campus police officers have full police authority on College property under the provisions of Paragraph 74G of the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina. Police commissions are granted under that statute by the Attorney General of North Carolina, including the power to make arrests for felonies and misdemeanors within the agency’s jurisdiction.

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.

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, Mister and Miss Shaw University positions. The SGA President must have and maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA in order to hold office. Mister and Miss Shaw University must have and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to hold office. 

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 nine 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), Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Beta Theta Chapter) and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (Gamma Tau Chapter).

Students seeking membership must:

  1. Have a 2.7 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 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.

  • 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.
  • Awards Day recognizes and pays tribute to those persons who have excelled in curricular and extracurricular activities.


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. The University typically has one graduation ceremony/commencement exercise per academic year.

Shaw University Code of Conduct

“I count it an honor to have been accepted as a member of The Shaw University family, by virtue of my status as a student, employee, alumnus, supporter or friend. I covenant, therfore, to conduct myself and my activities in such a way as to reflect credit upon myself, my faith, community, my sponsor(s) but most especially, my Alma Mater. Accordingly, I agree:

  1. To hold in trust the traditions, practices, and laws that govern this historic University.
  2. To respect all property, discouraging vandalism and thefts of any and all things that do not belong to me.  Most especially to respect myself, exhibiting the values, morals, discipline and cultural matrix upon which Shaw University was founded.
  3. To always be accountable for my personal, social and professional conduct.
  4. To celebrate diversity.  I recognize and therefore affirm the dignity and worth of others, who live, work or study in this academic community.
  5. To discourage any behavior within myself or among my peers that would jeopardize the integrity or the reputation of this University.  I will accordingly report any and all violations to the appropriate authority.
  6. To foster an open and caring environment.


All members of the Shaw University community are expected to be responsible representatives, and ambassadors of the University. Students are accountable for all behaviors and actions at all times both on and off campus. Because we exist in the larger society, the University does not provide immunity from city, state, or federal law, therefore violations which occur off campus will be treated the same as if they happened on campus.

Students who are suspended for Code of Conduct violations must be approved for readmission by the Administration of Student Affairs, before they are eligible to return. The student must submit, in writing, a request for readmission to the Vice President for Student Affairs. This request should show evidence that all conditions of the suspension have been satisfied/completed. The Vice President will inform Judicial Services of approval and the decision will be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office for action. (Students suspended for arrests related to felony or misdemeanor charges, must provide documentation to show that their legal case has been adjudicated.)


For more information see the Shaw University Student Handbook