During the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, the Elon community successfully navigated the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic while preserving our in-person, relationship-rich learning model. As we move beyond the emergency phase of the pandemic, Elon continues to follow guidance from the CDC and local and state health officials and remains alert for any new threats from the virus. The protocols outlined below recognize that COVID-19, like many other illnesses, is still present in our community but at this time does not require the level of mitigation measures we adopted over the past two years.


Testing Protocols

  • Asymptomatic testing is no longer required on main campus, but will continue at the School of Law until after the end of the Spring Trimester in June.
  • Asymptomatic testing in McCoy Commons (Oaks 207) will be open for reduced hours during the summer:
    • Mondays: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
    • Tuesdays: Noon–4 p.m.
    • Wednesdays: 1–4 p.m.
    • Thursdays: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Those seeking additional asymptomatic testing may request at-home test kits from the federal government, purchase home tests or utilize local testing sites.
  • Sick visits, including testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms, will remain available by appointment at Student Health Services (limited summer hours from June 1-Aug. 19) and the Faculty-Staff Health & Wellness Clinic. Students may also access TimelyCare resources throughout the summer from anywhere in the United States at no charge.

Quarantine & Isolation

  • Students, faculty and staff who are on campus this summer and test positive should contact contact quarantine-support@elon.edu or Human Resources (336-278-5560 or HREmployeeCovid@elon.edu). Those not on campus who would like assistance may contact their primary healthcare provider or reach out to Quarantine Support or Human Resources.
  • Students: Missed classes and work due to quarantine or other illness-related absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis between faculty members and students, per faculty discretion and policies set in course syllabi. University policies related to illness and missed class time, are detailed in the Student Handbook and by academic schools. Individual faculty members may work with students to ensure course learning outcomes can be met, but without any expectation of hybrid instruction.
  • Staff and Faculty: Elon’s Continuity of Work Policy for faculty and staff will remain for as long as quarantine and isolation protocols are in place.

Vaccination Policy

Elon requires all students, and strongly encourages employees, to be fully up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations with an approved vaccine — or authorized by the World Health Organization for international members of the community — including a booster dose, when they are eligible (typically, at least five months after the final dose in a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna primary series).

  • Returning students who have recently become eligible to receive their COVID-19 booster should upload documentation of their booster shot by July 1. Students who were previously granted a medical or religious exemption do not need to re-file their request.
  • New and transfer students should submit proof of vaccination and booster (when eligible) via the Phoenix Health Patient Portal. Documentation must be submitted by July 1 to attend classes, participate in activities and live in campus housing.
  • Students should submit documentation of any COVID-19 vaccine doses they have received. Students who are in the process of receiving all required doses and boosters will be allowed to arrive on campus if their records reflect they have received all doses for which they are eligible. Students who will need additional doses and/or boosters for compliance after August arrival will receive information about vaccine clinics in the fall.
  • Students who receive religious or medical exemptions for state-mandated vaccines will automatically receive an exemption for COVID-19 vaccines. Students who wish to request a medical or religious waiver for only the COVID-19 vaccination requirement (and not state-mandated vaccines) must request the exemption by July 1. Additional information can be found on the Student Health Services site.

Please note: Students will not be able to attend classes, attend orientation, view residence hall assignments or move into the residence halls, until immunization records have been received, reviewed for compliance and cleared by Student Health Services.

For student questions about vaccine compliance status, contact Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or email healthservices@elon.edu from your Elon email account. Employees can contact Human Resources at 336-278-5560 or HREmployeeCovid@elon.edu.

Mask Policy

Elon has an indoor mask optional policy for all campus spaces. Everyone on campus should keep a mask with them for situations where extra protection is needed or if they are not feeling well. We ask the community to be respectful of those who choose to wear masks to protect themselves or others.

Please note that masks are still required for:

  • Everyone in Student Health Services, Asymptomatic Testing at McCoy Commons, Faculty-Staff Wellness Clinic and Health Sciences medical outreach programs
  • Anyone experiencing COVID-like symptoms or any other respiratory illness
  • Five days after completion of a five-day isolation period after a positive test.