Johnson & Wales University Updates Plans for Fall Semester

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Jul 29, 2020 12:09 PM


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — July 29, 2020 – In response to the latest government mandates, Johnson & Wales University (JWU) has announced updated plans for its fall semester. The university will welcome to campus this fall all first-year students (regardless of major), students on internships, and only those returning and transferring students who are enrolled in classes that require a laboratory component.

Returning students who are enrolled solely in lecture, non-lab academic classes will be taught remotely for the fall semester. Students who live off campus are welcome to come to campus to use facilities, including computer labs, and fitness centers. Student Academic & Financial Services, Experiential Education & Career Services, Tutoring, Personal Counseling, the library and other services will be accessible in-person and virtually. 

“Since March, every decision regarding JWU campus operations has been based on the latest information and guidance we have received from federal, state, and local public health and government officials,” said Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D. “Like so many colleges throughout the country during these uncertain times, we have been planning for different scenarios for the fall semester that would provide a safe environment to meet our academic goals. The vast majority of our students come from out of state, with many coming from states that are requiring quarantine upon arrival to our campuses. In addition, capacity restrictions for classrooms, residence halls and other indoor facilities will remain in place for many of our campuses.

“After carefully reviewing multiple options and evaluating many factors – and with the start of school only weeks away – we had to make the best decision for our entire community of students, families, faculty, and staff based on what we know today,” said Runey.

This decision applies solely to the fall semester. A decision on the JWU spring semester will be made later this year after assessing local, state, and federal guidelines.


About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 12,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit

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