While our community is almost fully vaccinated and protected from the most serious impacts of COVID-19, we have developed a set of policies and protocols that will continue to:

  • Mitigate the spread of the virus on campus
  • Support those who become ill
  • Keep our community informed

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

Sources of information

The information and links below will answer most questions, but additional consultation is available from the following sources:

For students:

For staff and faculty:

Mask policy and information

Elon currently has an indoor mask optional policy for all campus spaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masking as an important tool in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. Always be respectful of those who choose to wear masks to protect themselves or others.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors should keep a well-fitting N95 or KN95 mask with them for situations when extra protection is needed or if they are not feeling well. Masks are available at the Moseley Information Desk for visitors or members of the university community who need a mask.

Masks are required for:

  • Everyone in Student Health Services, the asymptomatic testing center at McCoy Commons, the Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic, and the School of Health Sciences medical outreach programs
  • Anyone experiencing COVID-like symptoms or any other respiratory illness
  • Five additional days after completion of an isolation period after a positive test
  • Ten days for close contacts of an individual with a positive diagnosis

Students, faculty and staff who need a mask to protect themselves and others can find limited supplies at the following locations: Moseley Center Information Desk, entrance to campus dining locations, Belk Library, Campus Recreation and Wellness check-in desk, residential neighborhood offices, Alamance Building rotunda, Lindner Hall first floor, Global Commons, Koury Business Center first floor.

The university reserves the right to modify this mask policy based on campus, local and state conditions.

Vaccine recommendations, requirements and clinics

Elon strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to be fully up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster doses when eligible.

Students are encouraged to upload the documentation of additional doses or boosters to their Phoenix Health Portal. Staff and faculty upload documentation of additional doses or boosters through eDocs.

New incoming students are required to provide documentation of their initial approved COVID-19 vaccination series upon enrollment, or receive an approved medical or religious exemption.  International students may use vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization.

In addition to their COVID vaccinations, all students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to receive the annual flu vaccine each year. Although the flu vaccine is not required, we know it is effective in preventing the spread of the virus, maintaining in-person learning, and preserving health care resources.

Information about fall vaccination clinics for COVID-19 boosters and the annual flu vaccine can be found on the Elon COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinic page.

COVID-19 booster and annual flu vaccine fall clinic information

Testing resources

Although regular testing is not required, asymptomatic testing will be available on campus throughout fall semester for students, faculty and staff.

The fall schedule for asymptomatic testing at McCoy Commons 207 (Oaks Neighborhood) is:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – noon

Please note: There won’t be asymptomatic testing Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27 due to Thanksgiving Break.

 

Check your test results at: www.elon.edu/myreadiness.

Sick visits, including diagnostic testing for those with COVID-19 symptoms, is 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.

Other testing options include purchasing at-home antigen tests at local pharmacies or stores (which may be reimbursable by insurance plans) or utilizing off-campus testing sites. For information on local testing options, visit the NC Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 test locator page.

At-home antigen tests will also be available for purchase at Fountain Market in Clohan Hall.

Who to contact if you test positive

Students who test positive with at-home tests or through an off-campus provider should contact quarantine-support@elon.edu for assistance. Students who test positive through the on-campus resources at asymptomatic testing in the Oaks or symptomatic diagnostic testing at Student Health Services will automatically be contacted by Quarantine Support.

Staff and faculty who test positive at on-campus testing will be contacted by Human Resources for follow-up. Those who test positive with an at-home test or through an off-campus provider should  contact Human Resources at 336-278-5560 or HREmployeeCovid@elon.edu for assistance and next steps.

Resources for students who test positive or are roommates/close contacts

Guidance for students who test positive and their roommates or close contacts will be provided by the Isolation & Quarantine Support staff in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Students who test positive
  • Reporting positive test results: Students who test positive with at-home tests or through off-campus providers should contact quarantine-support@elon.edu for assistance. Students who test positive through the on-campus resources at asymptomatic testing in The Oaks or diagnostic testing at Student Health Services will automatically be contacted by Quarantine Support.
  • Required isolation: Students who test positive will be required by CDC guidance to isolate for at least five days and, once out of isolation, wear a well-fitting mask around others inside their home or in public (including in class or at work) through at least day 10.
  • Isolation location: Isolation will take place in their residence hall room, apartment or house while wearing a well-fitting mask until the date indicated by Quarantine Support.
  • Meals: Students with a meal plan will be able to arrange to pick up meals-to-go through Elon Dining. Instructions will be shared by email and by Quarantine Support staff.
  • Notification to faculty: Quarantine Support/Office of the Dean of Students will notify faculty members via email and OnTrack roster of student positive test results and periods of required isolation.
    • Students should work directly with their faculty regarding missed classes and work.
    • All absences are handled on a case-by-case basis between faculty members and students, following guidelines set in course syllabi. University policies related to absences and attendance are described in the Academic Catalog and determined by academic departments.
    • Individual faculty members may work with students to ensure course learning outcomes can be met, but without any expectation of hybrid instruction.
  • Resources and support: Resources for students in isolation can be found on the Dean of Students website and support is conducted by staff from that office.
Roommates and those identified as close contacts

Those who have had a close contact exposure to a positive case should follow CDC guidance and all safety recommendations:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days
  • Test on day five after your last exposure, if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and begin isolation

Quarantine Support will help relocate medically high-risk on-campus students who are roommates of students who are diagnosed with COVID-19, if necessary.

Resources for faculty/staff who test positive or are close contacts

Isolation and close contact guidance will be provided to staff and faculty by the staff in the Office of the Human Resources.

Staff and faculty who test positive at on-campus testing, with at-home tests, or through an off-campus provider should contact Human Resources at 336-278-5560 or HREmployeeCovid@elon.edu.

Individuals who test positive will be required by CDC guidance to isolate for at least five days and, once out of isolation, wear a well-fitting mask around others inside their home or in public (including at work or in class) through at least day 10.

During the period of isolation, faculty and staff can elect to use accrued sick or vacation time, or utilize the university’s Temporary Continuity of Work Policy, which will remain available for as long as required isolation protocols are in place.

Those who have had a close contact exposure to a positive case should follow CDC guidance and all safety recommendations:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days
  • Test on day five after your last exposure, if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and begin isolation

Elon’s Temporary Continuity of Work Policy for faculty and staff is also available for individuals who are caring for an immediate family member with COVID-19 or affected by the closure of a daycare or school due to COVID-19.

Current COVID-19 Status

Week of Nov. 22-28, 2022

Cases

7Reported cases

(Includes student, faculty and staff positive cases reported to the university or confirmed through on-campus testing.)

CDC COVID-19 Community Levels

LowAlamance County
LowGuilford County