In March 2024, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance for respiratory viruses including its COVID-19 isolation protocols, responding to the changing threat of COVID-19.

  • Under the new CDC guidance, extended isolation following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis is no longer required, however the University recommends following the CDC guidance that anyone who becomes sick with a respiratory virus, including COVID-19, remain at home until 24 hours after: 1) your symptoms are getting better overall; and 2) you have not had a fever and are not using fever-reducing medication. Read the complete CDC guidance for more about protecting yourself and others if you get sick.
  • In keeping with the CDC’s recommendations, the university will not require an extended period of isolation following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Continued mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of viruses. Students, faculty and staff should follow measures to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses on campus. The university continues to encourage members of the university community to follow CDC guidance for staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Symptomatic testing for respiratory viruses will continue to be available on campus. Diagnostic testing for those with symptoms will continue to be available at Student Health Services and the Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic as part of regular appointments for those seeking evaluation for illness.
  • Sick Leave and Continuity of Work/Instruction policies are available on the Human Resources website. Staff may access available sick leave as indicated in the Staff Manual and the Continuity of Work/Instruction policies online here. Since the CDC is no longer requiring isolation following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, the application of these policies may be affected.

Elon will remain adaptive and responsive as conditions evolve. The university’s Infectious Disease Response Team meets regularly, monitoring campus conditions and working closely with local and state health officials to offer recommendations, as needed, to support the university community.

Sources of information

Additional consultation is available from the following sources:

For students:

For staff and faculty:

Mask policy and information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masking as an important tool in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. Members of the community who are symptomatic for any respiratory illness are encouraged to wear a mask when indoors.

Masks are available at the Moseley Information Desk for visitors or members of the university community who may need one.

Vaccine recommendations

Elon strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to be fully up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations and annual flu shots, including booster doses when eligible. Vaccines are available at all local pharmacies, as well as during clinics held on campus in the fall/winter.

Students, faculty and staff are not required to report boosters or additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the university, but may want to keep their own personal medical records updated by communicating with their medical providers.

Although the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine are not required, we know these are effective in reducing severity of symptoms, mitigating the spread of the virus and preserving health care resources. For more information about state-required vaccines please see the Immunization Requirements & Compliance webpage.

Please note: Some clinical placements, internships and/or travel programs may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. Check program requirements for details.

Testing resources

Sick visits, including diagnostic testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms, are available for students by appointment at Student Health Services and for staff and faculty by appointment at the Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic. Students, faculty and staff who are ill and schedule an appointment will be seen and evaluated by a medical provider.

At-home tests can be purchased at local pharmacies. For information on local testing options, visit the NC Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 test locator page. For those looking for transportation to local pharmacies, check out the Elon Express bus schedule.

What to do if you feel sick

In March 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance for COVID-19. The CDC recommends prevention strategies for COVID-19 should mirror those for all respiratory viruses – that anyone who becomes sick with a respiratory virus including COVID-19 should stay at home and away from others as much as possible until at least 24 hours after both their symptoms are better overall and they do not have a fever.

Students who are ill or unable to physically get to the dining halls to access meals can take advantage of Elon’s Under the Weather Meal Vouchers program by calling the Office of The Dean of Students at 336-278-7200 during business hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.) Students who become ill in the evening or on the weekend can call Campus Safety at (336) 278-5555 to access vouchers.

What to do if you've been exposed

As you would with any respiratory virus, including flu, RSV, and COVID-19, monitor your symptoms and seek treatment if you are experiencing symptoms. Following CDC-recommended prevention strategies is important to reducing the spread of respiratory viruses.

Absence policies

Students should report absence due to illness directly to their faculty and student employment supervisors – as they would any illness. For extended absences (more than 5 consecutive days), emergency absences, or absences during final exams, consult the Student Care and Outreach website for additional guidance. All absences from classes are addressed by individual faculty members in their course syllabi, consistent with the attendance policy in the Academic Catalog and the student absences policies in the Faculty Handbook.

Staff and faculty should consult the Staff Manual and Faculty Handbook for guidance on reporting absences to supervisors. The Human Resources website has information about the Continuity of Work/Instruction Plan for employees who need to be temporarily away from campus due to any infectious disease requiring a quarantine period of 5 or more days.