Updated on Wednesday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m.

Elon University continues to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and is taking action to reduce the health risk to students, faculty, staff and their families.

CURRENT STATUS:

  • The Alamance County Health Department has reported seven confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
  • Additionally, an Elon student who was studying in Europe has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The student returned to the U.S. on March 12, went directly home and did not come to campus. 
  • On March 23, Undergraduate courses transitioned from classroom instruction to online learning mode. Remote instruction for undergraduate courses will continue for the duration of the semester, including final exams.
  • We must postpone undergraduate Commencement activities until we can gather safely as a community. Graduate programs in higher education, interactive media and business will communicate directly with their students about plans for graduate Commencement ceremonies.
  • Students who do not need to return to campus should stay home. Students who are currently on campus should go home if at all possible. We are supporting students who must remain on campus with basic services and social distancing protocols.
  • Most campus facilities are closed to walk-in traffic and all services are operating remotely and by appointment. Lakeside Dining Hall will be open to provide to-go meals for students needing to remain on campus. The Moseley Center and Mail Services will be available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Student Health Services is available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 pm. and 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Access to academic and administrative buildings is by card swipe only and limited to faculty and staff who need access for work.
  • Elon University School of Law will provide online instruction for the 2020 Spring Trimester with final exams in June to be administered online. Elon Law’s campus in Greensboro is closed through the end of the trimester.
  • Elon School of Health Sciences: The DPT and PA programs will continue online learning through May 22. From May 26 through July 2, the programs will pursue “blended learning”, which will include continued online instruction for content/lecture and on-campus, rotating intensive skills labs and exams with small groups of students spread throughout the building. The programs will return to regular course instruction on July 6.
  • Campus events and activities have been canceled. A list of specific event cancellations is available on the Information for Everyone page.
  • All non-essential university travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • Elon plans to conduct fall semester classes on campus and according to the normal schedule. Plans for fall semester study abroad and study USA courses are also proceeding as normal. Fall semester academic program plans and schedules are subject to change, depending on the ongoing threat of COVID-19, and future updates will be posted on this website.

This site is a resource for information about coronavirus and communications to the Elon University community. The site will be regularly updated with new information and messages.

Detailed Information

Messages to the Community

March 30: Update on spring semester, Commencement from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This week’s coronavirus email update summarizes the current status at Elon and includes important announcements about the path forward for the remainder of the semester.

Current status

  • There have been 1,307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of North Carolina, including seven in Alamance County. Six COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in the state.
  • There has been one confirmed COVID-19 case in the Elon University community – the study abroad student reported last weekend who is recuperating at home. We also have one presumptive positive case, a student who is in isolation. That individual does not live in university-owned housing, has not been on campus, and was not in contact with any other student, faculty, or staff member during the possible period of contagion.
  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced a stay-at-home executive order effective at 5 p.m. today, Monday, March 30, and extending for the next 30 days. Students who live on or near campus should not leave their residences except to get food, medicine or necessary supplies; exercise outdoors; to take care of others in need or do volunteer service; or to perform other essential functions outlined in the executive order.
  • Consistent with that executive order, Elon facilities are closed to walk-in traffic, and most services are operating remotely or by appointment. Faculty and staff members are working remotely, unless they are providing essential services for the campus and the students who were unable to leave due to personal circumstances. Nonessential staff remote work arrangements will be automatically extended through the end of the executive order (currently scheduled for April 29).
  • Essential services available on campus will continue to  include to-go meals at Lakeside Dining Hall (hours and menu here), Student Health Services (hours and appointment information here), Moseley Center and Mail Services (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and two computer labs (Alamance 315 and Steers Pavilion) available by card access from 6 a.m.-midnight.

Important announcements

As university leaders, we have taken a measured and thoughtful approach to decision-making about the impact of this situation on our academic semester. Elon’s approach has been to monitor facts, federal and state directives, and data about the spread of the virus to make decisions about the best way to complete the semester in a healthy and safe manner. Now that North Carolina’s governor has issued a stay-at-home directive until the end of April, we are announcing the following decisions:

  • Remote instruction for undergraduate courses will continue for the duration of the semester, including final exams. The semester will proceed according to the undergraduate academic calendar, with courses concluding Tuesday, May 12 and final exams taking place as scheduled from May 13 through 19. Graduate and law programs will announce changes to course delivery directly to the affected faculty and students.  It will take some time for faculty members to make changes to course schedules and timelines and students are asked to be patient as those alterations are made.
  • In order to protect the health and safety of students and families during the ongoing pandemic , it has become clear that we must postpone undergraduate Commencement activities until we can gather safely as a community.  While diplomas will be conferred officially on the original date of May 22, we are committed to ensuring that the Class of 2020 and their families celebrate graduation together on campus. In the coming weeks, we will share the new date and plans for Commencement 2020 and will continue to involve the senior class officers. This afternoon, the graduate programs in higher education, interactive media and business will communicate directly with their students about plans for graduate Commencement ceremonies.
  • The residence hall move-out process will be extended until May 31, to also coincide with the end of leases for the university-owned apartments. Residence Life will be communicating directly with residents and their families in the coming weeks about a process to commence after the stay-at-home directive has been lifted. Students who wish to retrieve items or check out of the facilities before that information has been announced should update their plans in the housing portal, www.elon.edu/myhousing.
  • As we mentioned in last week’s update email, the university is developing policies and protocols to allow undergraduate students residing on campus to request prorated credits on housing and/or meal plan costs. Details of those arrangements will be announced as soon as they are complete.

Previous announcements and information are archived on the university’s coronavirus website, https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus. The best source of information nationally remains the website maintained jointly by several federal agencies: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

Although we will complete the semester remotely, we remain committed to the important values of community, relationships and mentoring that are a hallmark of an Elon education. Faculty members have been actively redesigning courses to shift instruction online – no small feat – and remain available for individual consultation and advising. Staff across campus are providing job and career guidance, learning assistance and academic support, library services and resources, mental and emotional health support, wellness resources, chaplaincy, and other resources. We plan to continue a number of virtual community activities throughout the semester – please visit the new Staying Connected website and check back regularly for updates. I also hope you will join us every Tuesday morning for a virtual College Coffee using the hashtag #ElonStayingConnected.

Our nation has many challenging weeks ahead of us and this pandemic has been incredibly disruptive for our lives, not just the spring semester. I hope you will draw strength and resilience from the Elon community as we look out for each other and face this difficult time together.

Our next email update to the community is planned for next Monday afternoon, April 6, at 2:00 p.m., unless an earlier message is warranted. 

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 30: An update on Commencement from President Connie Ledoux Book

Dear Members of the Class of 2020,

Today, I write with one of the most profoundly difficult decisions we have had to make as a result of the historic circumstances we find ourselves faced with as a community. As you read in Dr. Dooley’s campus update this afternoon, in order to protect the health and safety of you and your families during the ongoing pandemic, it has become clear Commencement activities must be postponed until we can safely gather as a community. I am sorry that the situation we are in requires this decision and share your deep disappointment.

Since my arrival as president, I have been so proud of the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.  You have kept the goal and milestone of  Commencement in your sights for four years. I know that for you and your families and friends, Commencement represents the culmination of years of work and achievement in and out of the classroom.

Please know, we are steadfast in our commitment to commemorating this extraordinary milestone and ensuring that the Class of 2020 and their families can come together to celebrate in true Elon fashion. While we do not currently have a new date for Commencement, we do know that the essential elements of that celebration will include gathering on campus, donning academic robes and regalia; introducing family, friends, and mentors; celebrating relationships stronger than any virus; and commemorating your achievements over the past four years.

A postponed Commencement and spring semester online were not what any of us imagined for the end of your undergraduate career at Elon. But as Phoenix, resilience is in our DNA. Mere hours after fire destroyed our campus main building in 1923, students, faculty and staff gathered to begin classes the next day and commit to building an even stronger Elon. We are called to do the same. In response to COVID-19 we will bring Elon’s characteristic drive and determination to these challenging times and will rise, in flight toward better times together.

In the coming weeks, we will share a date and plans for Commencement 2020. In the meantime, know that as a community, we have more to accomplish, more to celebrate, and more to learn. With confidence and care for each other, we will persevere together and chart a successful course for Elon and each member of the Class of 2020.

I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe, and I look forward to being with you again when this unprecedented challenge has passed.

All my best,

Dr. Connie Book

March 30: Thank you and coronavirus update from Provost Aswani Volety

Dear colleagues,

In these dynamic times, we have all been challenged to establish new personal and family routines, and new ways of maintaining connections with those we love and care about. We have also been faced with finding new ways to complete our work and advance the shared mission of the university. In the midst of all of this change, I want to pause and offer my gratitude for each of your individual efforts.

There are no words to adequately thank you for what you have done under tremendous pressure and personal stress. When the history of this tumultuous pandemic is chronicled, the Elon story will be one of resilience, strength, and resolute focus on our student- and learning-centered mission. At the center of that story will be each of you, tirelessly doing your part for the good of our community. I have been humbled every day at your efforts. You worked through Spring Break, preparing for the shift from the face-to-face instruction that we are so proud of to remote instruction. Whether you are faculty, staff or administration, you rolled up your sleeves to ensure that students continue to be positively transformed through Elon’s unique educational experience.

Thanks to your remarkable work, we have accomplished what we might have thought impossible just a few weeks ago. We are now conducting all classes via remote teaching, and the operations of the university are proceeding relatively smoothly with more than 540 staff members working from home.

Over the past month, I have had the incredible privilege of collaborating with several faculty, staff and administrative colleagues on ameliorating the impacts of COVID-19 on teaching, Elon’s operations, and our community’s well-being. Everyone worked tirelessly and went above and beyond in ensuring that our core mission is continued, and Elon’s values are protected. All of you have been inspirational! I will continue to provide timely updates and seek your input through the academic council and staff council.

Looking ahead, it is clear that we are running a marathon, not a sprint. Though I have faith that our collective efforts to flatten the curve will make a positive difference, the truth is that we do not yet know how or when this situation will resolve. We are certain it will be several weeks, but that could stretch longer and the resulting impact on our university and society as a whole are undetermined.

Looking ahead, it is clear that we are running a marathon, not a sprint. Here are some important things for you to know:

  • We want you to take care of yourself and your loved ones – this must be your first priority. Keep away from exposure to the virus, maintain healthy physical and mental practices and guard against your natural tendency to go beyond your limits in a time of crisis. We understand that you are balancing your work with obligations to care for children, the elderly and others who are vulnerable. And we all have deep concerns about the physical, psychological, and financial impact of this crisis. There are resources to support you in this unprecedented time and I urge you to take advantage of them. Learn about Elon’s work-life resources and be aware of new support services provided to Elon employees by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of North Carolina. There are expanded services in response to COVID-19 (e.g. no member cost-sharing requirements, waiving prior authorization requirement, expanding virtual access to doctors). For easy access to important information regarding your BCBS health insurance please refer to the link:https://www.elon.edu/u/bft/hr/benefits/health-care-plans/. Elon University also provides support to employees and their families through the EAP program including childcare referrals  (guidanceresources.com)
  • We must also safeguard the health and safety of our students. About 10 percent of the student body remains on campus. These are primarily students who faced health risks, financial hardship and could not afford to travel, those who did not have a safe home to return to, and international students. Thank you to the Student Life, Student Health Services, and Residence Life staff, Elon Dining employees, Physical Plant staff and others who are providing essential services and support for these students.
  • We must also ensure that students who have left campus are thriving and remaining healthy. If you encounter students who are experiencing a crisis, in danger of failing academically or in need of professional help, please reach out to Student Care and Outreach. Please remember that this is a vulnerable time for all students.
  • We must be unwavering in our commitment to finishing the academic semester with the best learning outcomes possible. We are off to a great start and I am hearing inspiring stories of faculty members who are engaged in innovative and effective teaching strategies. Every day, faculty are learning what works best and students are adapting to new expectations. In light of Governor Cooper’s stay-at-home order through the end of April, I expect you’ve discerned that we will not be able to return to in-person classes this semester. Vice President Jon Dooley will notify the campus of those plans in his regular Monday message today.
  • I know that our academic efforts in the weeks ahead will not be perfect. Don’t be paralyzed by fear of making mistakes. Consult with your senior colleagues, supervisors and peers. Do what makes the most sense and do your best, always with our mission and values in mind. Adjust your expectations for service, recognizing that you are balancing a lot of things.
  • To ensure that we finish the semester strong, I encourage faculty to set aside one or two “quiet days” in the next week or two that don’t involve student instruction. I realize that given your lesson planning, setting dates for a quiet time will not work for everyone. Pick dates that make sense to you, and let students know that you will be taking stock of the class and updating your lesson plans. Unplug from email and the news and refocus your work attention on planning to guide your class and your students to a successful conclusion of their coursework. Don’t hesitate to take this time for yourself!
  • Staff members, I know that your work responsibilities have become chaotic, and every day brings new and unexpected challenges. Unfortunately, this is the way things will be for the foreseeable future. We must navigate the pending challenge of assisting students in moving their belongings out of campus housing, planning alternate approaches to the many year-end celebrations, recruiting next year’s first-year class in a time of great uncertainty, and taking action to react to the financial impact of the pandemic on the university’s budget. We understand the burdens you will carry in the weeks and months ahead and we need the efforts of every one of you. Please let me know how we can support you when you need extra assistance.

About a month ago, when I opened my email first thing in the morning while sipping coffee, I found a message from Global Education Dean Woody Pelton. He wrote that the area around Milan, Italy, had high numbers of COVID-19 cases, and we had many students in that region. I knew my day had changed, and we needed to take immediate action to protect those students. Little did I know how quickly things would evolve to where they are today. Together, we worked to bring those students home. That day, and every day since, our collaboration, our determination, and our mutual dedication to our students made the difference.

Today we find ourselves at a place that, just a few weeks ago, we would have called a “worse-case scenario.” But while we have been battered by myriad problems, we have stayed strong and sustained one another. As a relatively new member of the Elon community, I have been deeply impressed with that common bond. More than anything else, the positive spirit of the Elon family gives me hope for brighter days ahead.

Sincerely,

Aswani Volety

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

March 27: UPDATE based on Governor Roy Cooper's "stay-at-home" executive order

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Today Governor Roy Cooper announced an executive order directing North Carolina residents to stay at home to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The order takes effect at 5 p.m., Monday, March 30, and remains in effect for 30 days.

Elon University announced steps on March 22 in anticipation of this action (see original email message copied below). Our operational changes will remain in effect until April 29 in compliance with Governor Cooper’s order. This will impact Elon’s earlier announcement of plans to resume undergraduate classes on campus April 20. The university has been working on several contingency plans and, based on today’s actions by the governor, will provide an update to the community in our Monday 2 p.m. email message.

In the meantime, online learning will continue, main campus facilities will remain closed to walk-in traffic, and all services are operating remotely and by appointment. Staff members are working remotely unless they provide essential services including food, health, cleaning, and safety support for students unable to leave campus; financial functions; and maintaining the security and integrity of physical facilities and campus digital networks and systems.

The essential services currently available to students who need to stay on campus (described in the message below) will continue.

Students who are currently living on or near campus: this stay-at-home order applies to you, as well as all others in the state. During the next 30 days you should not leave your house, apartment or residence except to get food, medicine or necessary supplies; exercise outdoors; to take care of others in need or do volunteer service; or to perform other essential functions outlined in the executive order. You should also continue to practice all social distancing requirements described in the order and in our previous messages to the community.

If you need emergency assistance or face a crisis, please call 911 or contact Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555. Student Life administrators on call, as well as the counselor on call and violence responders, remain available throughout this time as well and can be reached via Campus Safety and Police, 336-278-5555. The resources and support of the confidential SafeLine also continue operations at 336-278-3333.

Staff and faculty with questions about the impact of the stay-at-home order should contact your respective supervisor, dean or divisional vice president. Students living on campus are encouraged to consult with your community director or the Student Life administrator on call.

This continues to be a challenging situation – one that requires us to come together as a community to do our part to ensure the safety of ourselves and others. We will continue to keep you informed about our university coronavirus response through the university website www.elon.edu/coronavirus, our regular Monday 2 p.m. community updates, and additional email messages as needed.

Dr. Jon Dooley
Vice President for Student Life

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PREVIOUS EMAIL MESSAGE TO CAMPUS

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Elon University has already taken action to move classroom instruction online and enable hundreds of staff members to work from home, consistent with social distancing recommendations from federal, state and local officials. As we enter a period of remote learning and working, we are making a shift in the operation of the physical campus, in support of the recommendation of the NC Department of Health and Human Services to use remote working technology to the greatest extent possible.

Beginning this Monday, through Sunday, April 5, facilities will be closed to walk-in traffic and all services are operating remotely and by appointment. Staff members should work remotely whenever possible, unless they provide essential services including food, health, cleaning, and safety support for students unable to leave campus; financial functions; and maintaining the security and integrity of physical facilities and campus digital networks and systems.

Staff members who have not yet completed the temporary remote work request form, and whose positions have been defined to work remotely, should complete and send for approval as requested in the form. All forms need to be submitted electronically to hr@elon.edu.

Access to academic and administrative buildings is by card swipe only and limited to faculty and staff who need access for work. Any exceptions for individual student access to academic facilities will be made by deans on a case-by-case basis.

Belk Library services will be provided remotely – students should utilize online library resources and contact librarians to make appointments if they need access to library materials to complete their coursework. Campus Recreation and Wellness indoor facilities are closed and campus transportation systems will not operate.

Meal plans are in effect and Lakeside Dining Hall will be open to provide to-go meals for students needing to remain on campus. For hours and menus, visit: https://www.elondining.com/menu-hours/.
The Moseley Center and Mail Services will be available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Health Services is available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 pm. and 1 – 4 p.m. Information about appointments and what do to if you are concerned about symptoms related to COVID-19 can be accessed online here: https://www.elon.edu/u/health-wellness/health-services/
Two computer labs will be available for students and cleaned regularly – the Alamance 315 PC lab and Steers Pavilion Apple lab will be accessible via card access, 6 a.m. – midnight.

While we have suspended much of the operation of the physical campus, we want to stress that the university continues in operation via online systems. Starting Monday, faculty are teaching all courses online and will work with students to complete spring semester. The university’s business operations will also continue to the extent possible, with work proceeding using online tools. Many departments and campus services have online resources and services available to students – check department websites for additional information.

Essential employees will be contacted by their supervisors to arrange work shifts and adjusted duties, and advise them about steps they should take to protect their health and safety when on campus.

If you need emergency assistance or face a crisis, please call 911 or contact Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555. Student Life administrators on call, as well as the counselor on call and violence responders, remain available throughout this time as well and can be reached via Campus Safety and Police, 336-278-5555. The resources and support of the confidential SafeLine also continue operations at 336-278-3333.

We will continue to keep you informed about our university coronavirus response through the university website www.elon.edu/coronavirus, our regular Monday 2 p.m. community update, and additional email messages as needed.

Dr. Jon Dooley
Vice President for Student Life

March 23: COVID-19 update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Today’s coronavirus update summarizes the current status at Elon, reminds you of the important actions taken over the past week, updates you with current information, describes the decisions and communication you can expect moving forward, and reminds us of the medical guidance related to coronavirus. The message is long – thank you for taking the time to read it carefully.

Current status in the state and the university

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has joined with other federal agencies to release a new coronavirus website: https://www.coronavirus.gov/
  • As announced Saturday, March 21, we are aware of one confirmed COVID-19 case among the Elon community – a study abroad student who returned to the United States on March 12, went directly home, and did not come to the Elon campus. The student is recovering in isolation at home and has not required hospitalization.
  • There have been 297 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of North Carolina, including two in Alamance County. No COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in the state.
  • The university has shifted to remote instruction for all undergraduate courses, with graduate and law programs operating under specific instructions from their academic deans. Regular in-person instruction is currently projected to resume Monday, April 20.
  • Elon facilities are closed to walk-in traffic through Sunday, April 5, and most services are operating remotely or by appointment. Staff members have been encouraged to work remotely wherever possible.
  • Essential in-person operations available for students who remain on campus include to-go meals at Lakeside Dining Hall (hours and menu here), Student Health Services (appointment information here), Moseley Center and Mail Services (Monday-Friday, 10am – 2pm), and two computer labs (Alamance 315 and Steers Pavilion) available by card access from 6am – midnight.

Important announcements from the past week

  • Elon has implemented a pass/fail option for spring 2020 undergraduate courses. Additional information and links to frequently asked questions can be found online here.
  • Undergraduate Admissions has canceled campus visits and spring events for prospective and admitted students. Live admissions events will be streamed on the Elon University Admissions Facebook page.
  • Campus events that have been canceled include winter and spring athletic competitions, spring performing arts productions, and student organization activities scheduled through Reading Day (May 13).
  • The university has adopted a temporary COVID-19 remote work policy and has approved a special leave category for temporary pandemic leave. Note that the pandemic leave policy was updated today to include more provisions due to the shift for most services to operate remotely and by appointment – the updated policy is available here
  • The Town of Elon has enacted a number of new regulations as part of a State of Emergency declaration over the weekend. Among them, the Town of Elon has prohibited all private and public gatherings of more than ten people. Students living off-campus are advised that Town of Elon police plan to strictly enforce the new restrictions and will not offer warnings before issuing citations.

Current news and information

  • Undergraduate students were asked to register with the university if they will be living here, either on-campus or off-campus, between now and April 20. Specific updates about campus services will be sent to those students via email. If students still need to register, or their status has changed, the registration can be updated online by logging into the housing self service portal here: www.elon.edu/myhousing
  • The Elon community is invited and encouraged to build community and foster strong relationships by continuing the weekly College Coffee tradition in a virtual format. Check out information online here for ideas to connect with Elon friends, mentors, colleagues, and alumni each Tuesday morning for the rest of the semester. Share your College Coffee connections on social media, using the hashtag #ElonStayingConnected
  • University-related international travel has been canceled for Summer 2020. Students with questions about study abroad programs should contact the Global Education Center, and those with questions about international fellowships should contact their respective program or the Office of National and International Fellowships. Questions about faculty or staff international travel should be directed to your respective dean or vice president.
  • Currently, Fall 2020 international travel-embedded courses and Winter Term 2021 programs are proceeding, but with a modified application timeline. The Global Education Center (GEC) will announce global short-term programs on Tuesday, March 24 and will open the Early Action application period from April 21 to May 5.

Upcoming decisions and communication

  • University leaders will closely monitor the trajectory of the coronavirus over the coming weeks, as well as the guidance from public health officials, and will communicate a final decision about the planned April 20 resumption of in-person classes no later than Monday, April 6.
  • Many individuals have asked about Undergraduate Commencement, scheduled for May 22, and the various graduate program ceremonies scheduled throughout that week. Multiple scenarios are being reviewed and final decisions are expected to be announced no later than April 6.
  • We have received inquiries about whether Elon will allow students to request partial credits on housing and/or meal plan costs. The university is considering potential options and expects to have more information available by April 20.
  • Community update emails are scheduled to go out every Monday at 2 p.m. and the special university coronavirus website is updated continually as new announcements and information is available. News and announcements can also be found on the Today at Elon website and the university’s main social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube)

Staying healthy – and vigilant

The CDC has very clear guidelines for how to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect yourself and others. Key to these recommendations is “social distancing” – avoiding crowds or large gatherings; maintaining at least 6-feet of distance from others; avoiding handshakes or other forms of touching; and regularly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.

All members of the Elon community who are on campus  are strongly reminded to be vigilant about these practices. Because of the highly social and relational environment, college campuses can be prime locations for viruses to spread. Please lead the way as global citizens and carefully follow the advice of public health officials.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and shortness of breath):

  • Do not go out and do not come in contact with others.
  • If you are a student living on campus or in the Elon area, call (do not visit) Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 during operational hours, or the Cone Health/Alamance Regional Medical Center at 336-538-7050 when Student Health Services is closed. If you are not in the Elon area, call your medical provider or local hospital emergency room for directions.
  • If you are a faculty or staff member, you should call your primary care provider. If you do not have one, contact Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic at 336-278-5569.

Our next email update to the community is planned for next Monday afternoon, March 30, at 2:00 p.m., unless an earlier message is warranted. Current information is always available on the special university website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 22: Message from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley about changes in operations of campus facilities

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Elon University has already taken action to move classroom instruction online and enable hundreds of staff members to work from home, consistent with social distancing recommendations from federal, state and local officials. As we enter a period of remote learning and working, we are making a shift in the operation of the physical campus, in support of the recommendation of the NC Department of Health and Human Services to use remote working technology to the greatest extent possible.

Beginning this Monday, through Sunday, April 5, facilities will be closed to walk-in traffic and all services are operating remotely and by appointment. Staff members should work remotely whenever possible, unless they provide essential services including food, health, cleaning, and safety support for students unable to leave campus; financial functions; and maintaining the security and integrity of physical facilities and campus digital networks and systems.

Staff members who have not yet completed the temporary remote work request form, and whose positions have been defined to work remotely, should complete and send for approval as requested in the form. All forms need to be submitted electronically to hr@elon.edu.

Access to academic and administrative buildings is by card swipe only and limited to faculty and staff who need access for work. Any exceptions for individual student access to academic facilities will be made by deans on a case-by-case basis.

Belk Library services will be provided remotely – students should utilize online library resources and contact librarians to make appointments if they need access to library materials to complete their coursework. Campus Recreation and Wellness indoor facilities are closed and campus transportation systems will not operate.

  • Meal plans are in effect and Lakeside Dining Hall will be open to provide to-go meals for students needing to remain on campus. For hours and menus, visit: https://www.elondining.com/menu-hours/.
  • The Moseley Center and Mail Services will be available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Student Health Services is available by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 pm. and 1 – 4 p.m. Information about appointments and what do to if you are concerned about symptoms related to COVID-19 can be accessed online here: https://www.elon.edu/u/health-wellness/health-services/
  • Two computer labs will be available for students and cleaned regularly – the Alamance 315 PC lab and Steers Pavilion Apple lab will be accessible via card access, 6 a.m. – midnight.

While we have suspended much of the operation of the physical campus, we want to stress that the university continues in operation via online systems. Starting Monday, faculty are teaching all courses online and will work with students to complete spring semester. The university’s business operations will also continue to the extent possible, with work proceeding using online tools. Many departments and campus services have online resources and services available to students – check department websites for additional information.

Essential employees will be contacted by their supervisors to arrange work shifts and adjusted duties, and advise them about steps they should take to protect their health and safety when on campus.

If you need emergency assistance or face a crisis, please call 911 or contact Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555. Student Life administrators on call, as well as the counselor on call and violence responders, remain available throughout this time as well and can be reached via Campus Safety and Police, 336-278-5555. The resources and support of the confidential SafeLine also continue operations at 336-278-3333.

We will continue to keep you informed about our university coronavirus response through the university website www.elon.edu/coronavirus, our regular Monday 2 p.m. community update, and additional email messages as needed.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 21: Message from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley about study abroad student diagnosed with COVID-19

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear students, faculty, and staff,

We have been informed that an Elon student who was studying abroad in Europe is presumed to be positive with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The student returned to the United States on March 12, went directly home, and did not come to the Elon campus.

The student is recovering in isolation at home and has not required hospitalization. We pray for a full and speedy recovery for this individual and we ask that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Public health officials in the student’s home state are investigating the source of the student’s infection and notifying others who may have been exposed. Other Elon students in the program have also returned to their homes and have been advised of self-isolation and monitoring procedures.

The university is supporting all Elon students who were studying abroad this semester to complete their courses online from home, and they will not be able to return to campus this semester.

This diagnosis is concerning news, but not surprising given the global spread of the virus. We anticipated that the coronavirus could ultimately impact members of our community. We are prepared to follow response protocols spelled out in our pandemic flu emergency plan and to follow advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are committed to keeping the community apprised of any additional information we may receive from health officials. You may want to visit the new coronavirus website from the CDC and federal agencies, https://www.coronavirus.gov/.

Because the student was diagnosed in their home state, this case is not tallied among the 184 confirmed cases in North Carolina. Alamance County reported its first confirmed case yesterday.

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to become educated about the symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you exhibit these symptoms, please contact your health care provider immediately.

As we work together as a community to limit the spread of this disease, it is important that you continue to practice healthy habits:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily. This includes smartphones, tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing in your daily interactions with others.

Elon will continue instruction through online classes until at least April 20. We will continue frequent communication with our community and let you know about changes in schedules or campus operations. Please check the special website, www.elon.edu/coronavirus at least daily for updates.

It is important to remember that contracting a virus is no one’s fault and any of us could become sick. Please join me in sending wishes for health and healing to our fellow community member. Let’s continue to support one another during this very challenging time.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 20: Message from Vice President of Student Life Jon Dooley about first confirmed COVID-19 case in Alamance County

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

I’m writing to share two important developments related to the coronavirus issue:

  • The Alamance County Board of Commissioners today declared a state of emergency in the county. This allows the county to coordinate, provide and request additional emergency supplies and receive mutual aid from the state and federal government.
  • The emergency declaration followed the announcement by the Alamance County Health Department of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county. The affected individual is currently in isolation at home and is doing well. We have no information that indicates any connection between this case and Elon students, faculty or staff members.

These two developments are certainly not surprising, considering the spread of the virus and the response by government agencies to protect public health. With cities and states in some locations asking people to shelter in place and limit their daily movements, we anticipate there may be further government action to promote social distancing and stop the transmission of the virus.

With that in mind, I want to emphasize some central points about the university’s operation as we prepare to begin remote instruction on Monday.

  • A great deal of preparation is taking place to optimize the teaching and learning experience. Students should be prepared to focus their energies on the classes and communicating with their professors. Undergraduates will be back in session online Monday and we ask your full engagement in completing the semester.
  • On-campus operations are providing only necessary services. Many buildings are only open through card access. Lakeside Dining Hall is providing to-go food for those who are still on campus. Some offices and services are operating on reduced hours. In short, this is not business-as-usual on campus, so we ask for your cooperation and understanding.
  • Hundreds of faculty and staff who do not need to be on campus are working remotely. We encourage and support those arrangements, which are in line with guidance from state and federal health officials.
  • Staff members who must be on campus to perform their jobs are doing so in ways that practice social distancing and  protect their health.

Individual action and personal responsibility are paramount in the days and weeks ahead as our nation implements all necessary measures to slow the spread of the virus. Please make your health and safety your top priority and be assured that the university supports your actions to protect yourself and your family.

We’re in this together.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 18: COVID-19 update to undergraduate students from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Undergraduate Students,

I am writing to follow up on President Book’s announcement that the university will be extending the period of online instruction until Monday, April 20.

This message includes the following important information:

  • Recommendations to remain home for the next four weeks, unless you absolutely need to live on campus
  • Information about changes to social events and interactions on campus during the period of online instruction, including the cancellation of all student organization activities through Reading Day
  • Instructions for students who previously informed us they would be returning after Spring Break to confirm and update their intentions
  • Instructions for university apartment and off-campus residents to let the university know if you need to return to campus for the next four weeks

As President Book stated, we request that students who do not need to return to campus stay home until classes resume. We also recommend that students who are currently on campus strongly consider returning home for the next four weeks, if possible. We will support students who must remain on campus with basic services while maintaining social distancing protocols.

These recommendations to remain home until in-person classes resume on campus are even more important as we consider the month-long period of online instruction. While we understand the desire to return to campus after Spring Break to reunite with friends, the university is maintaining campus operations only so that students who were not able to leave, or for whom leaving created greater health risk, can remain on campus. We are also accommodating several international students. The lower number of students on campus will reduce the health threat.

Because classes have shifted online for the next four weeks, there is no need to be on-campus to continue your academic progress. There are also several important considerations to keep in mind when evaluating whether or not to return to campus during the period of online instruction:

  • The governor has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina, has issued an executive order prohibiting all gatherings with more than 100 people and closing public schools, and has closed all restaurants and bars for in-person service.  Considering measures taken in other parts of the country, we would anticipate additional measures could be enacted in the coming weeks.
  • Elon Dining is subject to the same restriction as restaurants across the state – although food service will be available in the coming weeks, locations will be limited and they will be available for take-out options only.
  • In terms of social gatherings, any social events off-campus are subject to the governor’s executive order, in addition to any further regulations that may come from the Town of Elon. Town of Elon Police will be strictly enforcing this order and will not be issuing warnings. Students hosting gatherings on- or off-campus may be cited for failure to comply with any executive order issued by national, state or local officials. Police reports will be forwarded  to the Office of Student Conduct and students may also be held accountable to the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Consistent with the CDC guidelines released Sunday and the guidance from the White House released Monday, the university is canceling all student organization activities through Reading Day, Wednesday, May 13. This includes organization meetings and events, fraternity/sorority new member activities and social events, late night programming, cultural programs, club sports practices and competitions, intramurals, etc. Social events and campus activities sponsored by Student Life departments will also be canceled during this same time period.
  • All winter and spring athletics competitions have been canceled, as have the Department of Performing Arts spring productions.
  • All non-essential university travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • Many staff are working remotely to reduce the spread of the virus. University departments are working to maintain operations and to continue to offer services remotely; there may be alterations in the types and  levels of services to be provided during this period and delays in response.

In short, while Elon will be available for students over the next four weeks, the activities and experiences you might normally expect on campus will be limited, and we strongly recommend that only those students who absolutely need to return to campus do so. If you are coming back to hang out with friends, you will not find the social environment you might normally expect. The university is adopting social distancing measures and asking community members to alter their personal interactions with others. We also recognize our responsibility to follow the state and federal guidance we are receiving to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

In the interest of health and safety, and so that we can effectively manage campus operations for those students who need to be on-campus, we are asking that students carefully re-evaluate your intentions to stay or return from March 23 – April 19.

  • Students who previously indicated their interest in staying or returning to the residence halls will receive a special survey today, asking you to confirm your intentions or let us know that you’ve changed your plans. Those students who receive the survey are asked to respond by noon this Friday, March 20.
  • Students who live in university apartments or off-campus houses or apartments who are planning to return to campus are also asked to let the university know your intentions, so that we can appropriately plan for student support services on campus. That information is requested by noon Friday, March 20 on the survey link here.

Our regular Monday 2 p.m. updates will let you know the current status of our plans to be able to meet that timeline. Seniors are also very curious about Commencement activities scheduled for Friday, May 22, but it is simply too early to make any decisions about that right now. University leaders share your desire to resume regular operations as soon as possible, knowing that health and safety are a driving priority for these decisions.

We also know that some students and families may wish to return to campus now to retrieve belongings.  Students will receive additional information from Residence Life about how to inform your neighborhood office that you would like to retrieve items.

Our next email update to the community is planned for next Monday afternoon, March 23, at 2:00 p.m., unless an earlier message is warranted. Current information is always available on the special university website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 18: March 18 message from Elon President Connie Ledoux Book

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


President Connie Ledoux Book offered a video message and update to the Elon University community on March 18, 2020, about the university’s continued response to the COVID-19 outbreak and changes to the academic schedule and operations.

Key facts to know:

  • Online classes are extended until at least April 20.
  • Students who do not need to return to campus should stay home until classes resume.
  • Students who are currently on campus should go home if at all possible. We will support students who must remain on campus with basic services and social distancing protocols.

Dear members of the Elon family,

Today, in the middle of this dynamic public health event, I want to begin with a thank you. Our community has responded to this pandemic in a uniquely Elon way. We are focused on facts and following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And with that foundation, the people of Elon are demonstrating leadership here in North Carolina and around the globe.

Students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni are supporting each other and working hard to protect their families and their communities. I have been so impressed by faculty who are preparing for a very different mode of instruction, and by global education staff who are arranging to return students from countries around the world. Our health services, physical plant and dining services staff members are doing amazing work to keep us healthy. We are inspired by our technology, academic support and communications professionals who are working around the clock.

Elon is a community mobilized and I am so thankful to everyone. Every day I see people patiently adapting to this dynamic and complex situation asking, “how can I help?” In those actions are great comfort that our collective strength in working together for the common good is the key way we will prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Patience and flexibility are our guideposts. Hundreds of faculty and staff members are now working from home. We’ve adopted work policies to fit the needs of individuals and their families, and we’re committed that no one will be penalized or miss a paycheck.

The Elon community is strong, but we also are also facing a challenge that we haven’t encountered before. We’re doing our best to make decisions day-by-day and everyone wants answers about how long this disruption is going to last and when life can get back to something that resembles normal.

My heart breaks for our seniors, whose last semester is not what they envisioned. For faculty and staff, whose goals for the semester have had to shift. For student athletes and performers and researchers each missing opportunities—each of us putting plans and, in many cases, dreams on hold while we wait.

While we want to reassemble the community on campus on April 6 as we had planned, public health advisories are now clear that is too soon.

With some places ordering citizens to shelter in place and public transportation suspended, there is little certainty about when we could resume classes on campus.

So for today, we are setting a new target of April 20 for a potential date for a return to residential life here on campus. Obviously that could change, depending on how the virus spreads and how our nation adapts. But since Elon’s spring semester runs a little later than most colleges, there is still a possibility we could finish the semester here on campus.

In the meantime, I am asking everyone to do what we can control – to put our energies into making remote teaching and learning the very best we can make it.

Now this is very important:

Students who are not currently here, I urgently ask that you remain home during this period of online instruction. Traveling back to campus would increase the risk of you being infected, and in turn the risks for others being infected.

If staying home is truly not an option, we want to provide you support here on campus.

Our iconic mascot, the Phoenix, reminds us that sometimes the ability to spread our wings and fly can be challenged. In those times, staying focused on what we each can do, helping others as much as we can help while we take care of ourselves – that collective strength, that’s how we will navigate this flight, knowing that one day, very soon, we’ll be able to soar again.

In hopes for a bright future,

Connie Ledoux Book

President

March 16: COVID-19 update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Much has happened since last Monday’s update on the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 on our Elon community. Today’s update summarizes the current status at Elon, points you to resources and sources of information, and describes the communication you can expect moving forward.

Current Status

  • The situation summary from the CDC can be found online here and is updated regularly.
  • We are not aware of any coronavirus case associated with members of the Elon community.
  • There have been 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of North Carolina – none in Alamance County.
  • The governor has declared a state of emergency for the state, freeing up resources and enabling important strategies to address the situation. Schools across the state will be closed for the next two weeks and no gatherings of more than 100 people are permitted.

Elon is maintaining campus operations so that students who were not able to leave, or for whom leaving created greater health risk, can remain on campus. We are also accommodating several international students. The lower number of students on campus will reduce the health threat. We are asking students who traveled home for spring break to remain there until in-person classes resume on campus, which is currently planned for April 6.  Students who intend to return to residence halls before April 6 are asked to sign up by tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, following the instructions online here.

Additional Information

  • Elon offices are open this week while undergraduate students are on spring break, but will be closed Friday for a previously scheduled holiday. Information about spring break campus services can be found here.
  • On March 23 following Spring Break, undergraduate courses will transition from classroom instruction to online learning mode for two weeks. Faculty and academic support staff continue their preparations to shift undergraduate courses online.
  • The School of Health Sciences will shift classes online starting March 16. The School of Law will be conducting exams online this week and has suspended in-person classroom instruction for the two weeks after their spring break.  Other graduate programs are receiving information directly from their respective deans.
  • All winter and spring athletics competitions have been canceled.
  • All non-essential university travel has been suspended until further notice.
  • The university is adopting social distancing measures, asking community members to reduce the spread of the virus by avoiding large gatherings and altering their personal interactions with others.
  • Human Resources has instituted a temporary remote working policy for staff, effective through April 5. Vice presidents and supervisors have the authority to consider departmental needs and approve remote working arrangements in some circumstances. The university will also implement a special temporary pandemic leave to ensure employees will not incur loss of compensation.
  • Staff from Physical Plant and Elon Dining are working over the break to clean the campus and make operational shifts to keep the community healthy and safe.
  • Student Health Services and our Faculty/Staff Wellness Clinic continue to coordinate with local and state public health departments to plan for responses to suspected or confirmed cases of the virus in our community. Cone Health, which operates Alamance Regional Medical Center and other facilities in Guilford and Rockingham counties, has established drive-thru testing centers and triage stations outside of emergency departments. Other health centers are taking similar steps across the region
  • The university’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is meeting seven days per week  to coordinate university response and develop contingency plans. The university vice presidents are also convening daily, seven days per week, to provide strategic leadership and decision-making.

Communication Plans

Critical information has been distributed in multiple ways over the past week, and we will continue this enhanced communication strategy to keep you updated and informed in the days and weeks ahead:

  • Regular community-wide updates from President Book or me, in the form of a regular Monday afternoon email update and additional community-wide messages as needed
  • Targeted messages to specific populations (students, faculty and staff, alumni, schools, families, etc.) from vice presidents and deans, as needed
  • Regular, continual updates and information on the special university coronavirus website as well as official university social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube)

If you have not visited the university coronavirus website recently, you will notice that the site has been redesigned. Community messages are archived, short informative videos have been posted, and you can use buttons on the website to access specific information for students, faculty, employees, admissions, athletics, parents and alumni, and the Greensboro campus (Elon Law).

This is a very challenging time for our campus and our nation. Our continued vigilance is required, with careful attention to the recommendations of public health officials. Know that we will continue to make decisions at the university that prioritize the health and safety of our community. We are working to develop plans for multiple possible scenarios, and should we need to shift our university course of action, we will communicate with you as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your continued patience as we work to make decisions in a very dynamic situation.

Our next email update to the community is planned for next Monday afternoon, March 23, at 2:00 p.m., unless an earlier message is warranted. Current information is always available on the special university website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 15: Message from President Book to Elon faculty and staff

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear colleagues,

After the extraordinary events of last week, this weekend has been a time for us to take a deep breath, check on our loved ones and stay up-to-date on the growing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included a declaration by Governor Cooper to close all K-12 schools in North Carolina for at least two weeks.

For me, the weekend has also been a time to say a prayer of thanks – for my daughter and son, my family and friends, the Elon community, modern technology that is keeping us informed and connected, and the talented and knowledgeable healthcare and emergency officials who are working on our behalf locally, around the country and world to mitigate, as much as possible, the impact of the coronavirus.

Of course, we’re all concerned. But I am confident that we are well-positioned to handle what lies ahead because we’ve taken informed and decisive actions:

  • We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC) recommending “social distancing” as an effective response to this health threat. It is clear the virus will spread more quickly if we proceed business-as-usual, with classes held in-person and large campus events.
  • We are keeping campus open so that students who were not able to leave, or where leaving created greater health risk, can remain. We are also accommodating several international students. The lower number of students on campus during the next three weeks will reduce the health threat, and we are asking students who travel home for Spring Break to remain there until classes resume on campus, which is currently planned for April 6.
  • Our exceptional faculty and academic support staff are working diligently to adapt Elon’s highly personal model of teaching and learning to an effective remote experience for two weeks. This is a shift that takes planning time and if they need a few additional days to make adjustments, I encourage them to do so and to let their students know.
  • The Global Education Center has been working tirelessly with students studying around the world, handling the logistical complexities of bringing many home on short notice and preparing new arrangements to complete the semester.
  • Physical plant staff members are working hard to deeply cleanse the campus and prepare new protocols to limit the exposure and transmission of the virus when normal operations resume.
  • We have launched a major communications campaign to keep everyone informed and involved in protecting the health of our community.
  • The Emergency Operations Center is bringing together key personnel from across the university daily to handle the myriad of dynamic details related to this pandemic.

Each of these measures, and many more not outlined, demonstrate the dedication and professionalism of Elon faculty and staff members. I am profoundly grateful for the work all of you are doing.

At the same time, I am keenly aware that you are facing demands away from work – caring for children who cannot go to school or guarding health-compromised family members or yourself from the consequences of a serious illness. Some of you are caught in a difficult situation, possibly feeling that you have to choose between work obligations and personal responsibilities.

In order to help you find the right balance, we are developing temporary flexible policies and leave arrangements to allow remote work in some circumstances. Division and department leaders must ensure continued operations of the university and services for students, but they will also be free to accommodate individuals who need to adjust their work mode to fit their personal situation. Those who work remotely will be allowed to perform the same work they have been doing on campus, with the same job expectations.

Understandably, remote work arrangements will not be feasible for some positions. For those who must be on campus to work, but are unable to do so because of personal circumstances, we will be instituting special temporary leave policies. Our goal is to allow supervisors to make adaptations while not penalizing those who must be away from the workplace. In the end, each Elon employee must be able to choose what is best for themselves and their family’s health.

Kelli Shuman, associate vice president for human resources, will be in touch via e-mail today with details of these new temporary policies. Please read through those documents carefully and then discuss options with your supervisor if you want to request a remote work arrangement. I ask for your continued patience as we work to institute these policies.

Communication will continue to be key to our success. Please maintain close connections between those who are working on campus and others who are working remotely. We will send scheduled messages to the campus community during this period with special announcements as they are necessary.

I have every confidence in our community, because I see each of you and the committed, compassionate and creative ways you are responding. You are calm, determined and working for our common good. This is a defining moment for our community. I am so proud and inspired by your extraordinary strength.

In deep gratitude,
Connie Ledoux Book
President

March 13: Elon School of Health Sciences to transition to online classes on March 16

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Message from Becky Neiduski, dean of the Elon School of Health Sciences

First and foremost, thank you for your patience as we carefully make decisions about COVID 19 and operations within the School of Health Sciences. We greatly appreciate your careful attention to hand hygiene and health over the past few days.

As of Monday, March 16th, the School of Health Sciences will move to online instruction. We are planning to phase your classes in throughout the week to help you become familiar with the technology and adapt to this new learning environment. IT support will be available as we transition online; please make your professor aware of any issues.

Our current plan, which will continue to be reviewed daily, is as follows:

  • Initiate online coursework Monday 3/16 through 3/27.
  • PT continue online week of 3/30. Intended return date of 4/6 aligned with central campus decisions.
  • PA spring break 3/30 through 4/3. Continue online courses for two weeks after with an intended return date of 4/20.
  • Second year PA students will continue clinical education rotations. We are closely monitoring healthcare system responses to COVID 19 and continued support of medical learners.

The Francis Center will remain open to provide access to learning resources. If you choose to come to the Francis Center, please practice social distancing and be aware that your personal and travel choices could impact the health of everyone in the building.

To this end, the School of Health Sciences is initiating travel reporting for anyone who intends to travel more than 100 miles from your current, graduate school residence. We know that the risk of COVID-19 spreading throughout our country and in our local community is significantly increased by travel and encourage you to carefully consider your plans for the next 3-5 weeks. Please use this link to report intended travel at your earliest convenience and throughout this phase of online instruction: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R6J5LMH

As always, we welcome your feedback and insights as we continue to work together and make decisions in the midst of this evolving situation. We encourage you to make GOOD and HEALTHY choices in the coming days.

Many thanks,
Dean Neiduski

March 13: Elon Law suspends in-person instruction & in-person admissions interviews

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Message from Elon University School of Law Dean Luke Bierman:

Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman has announced that all in-person classroom instruction will be suspended from March 30 through April 10 following Spring Break, and while Elon Law will remain open, all student meetings and activities during that span have been cancelled.

The new measures are designed to promote “social distancing” within the community as some students return from regions impacted by COVID-19.

The 2020 Spring Trimester will begin as scheduled on Monday, March 30, with all courses to be taught online.

Elon Law’s Office of Admissions also has cancelled in-person interviews with applicants through April 13. The admissions staff will work with applicants to coordinate phone interviews for those who were previously scheduled to visit in person.

Admitted Students Day, originally set for April 3, will be rescheduled for later in the spring.

  • Winter Trimester final exams will be held as scheduled from March 16-20.
  • Spring Break will be held as scheduled from March 23-29.
  • Spring Trimester will commence as scheduled on March 30.
  • In-person classroom instruction will be suspended from March 30 through April 10.
  • All instruction during these two weeks will be held online. Faculty and/or information technology will communicate with students about online instruction.
  • Residencies-in-practice will continue as scheduled, with any individual situations to be resolved with Professor Kathy Conner.
  • All student organization meetings and activities will be cancelled during these two weeks. Elon Law is reviewing other meetings and activities during the spring.
  • Elon Law will remain open and operating during these two weeks, but the school encourages limited use of facilities. Offices and departments will be available to assist students, though appointments are recommended and phone, email, or other electronic communication is suggested.
  • All non-essential university sponsored travel is suspended

Lincoln Financial, which owns and operates a Friendly Avenue building in which some of Elon Law facilities are located, has instituted new sign-in procedures that will be required of Elon Law students each time they access the building. This includes completing a visitor form that asks several COVID-19 related questions. Students must submit the form to the security officer on duty before entering the Elon Law space each time the building is accessed.

“We understand that (these approaches) are not optimal from any number of perspectives,” Bierman said. “We also understand that there are many questions, which we will answer as this new schedule is implemented. We are working diligently to prepare for the two-week period of online instruction as well as for other contingencies should they become necessary, including during exams. Our best information at this time leaves us cautiously optimistic that we will be able to complete the exam period with minimal disruption and minimal risk. We also are confident that Elon Law will be prepared for the start of Spring Trimester.”

March 13: Message from Vice President Jon Dooley to undergraduate students about community responsibility in slowing the coronavirus

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Students,

We have been inundated with coronavirus information in the past days and weeks. Much of it has been about decisions others are making for us to reduce harm to communities and society. When facing a global pandemic like we are experiencing, however, it is important to remember that governments and institutions alone cannot solve the situation for us. Each of us is called to do our part to disrupt and slow the spread of the virus and to change our behaviors to reduce the risks to not only ourselves, but to others. We owe this to ourselves, our friends and loved ones, and other people whom with we come in contact.

Strong leadership is important in these situations. We heard this week from President Book and from former SGA President Jack Johnson and current SGA President Robbie Miley. If you’ve not watched their videos yet, take the time to do so:

President Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRtV39Q7j38

SGA Presidents Johnson and Miley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je3Vek5rfSM

As you begin spring break, I want to share some thoughts with you about our responsibilities to ourselves and each other in this challenging time.

What is ‘social distancing’ and why is it important?

The steps that Elon is taking, such as moving to online instruction for two weeks after spring break and canceling meetings and events with more than 50 people, are important strategies to increase distance between people in settings where they normally come into close contact. You can also engage social distancing practices in the coming week by avoiding large crowds or gatherings and keeping your distance from others, especially people who may be sick.

There is no vaccine for the coronavirus, so practicing social distancing is a key strategy to slow its spread. This will allow health care systems to be better positioned to meet the demand from people who become seriously ill. Because it seems that some spread might be possible even before individuals show symptoms, we also recommend vigilance with the prevention strategies we’ve been educating you about in recent weeks.

Making tough choices – as a community, and as individuals

It wasn’t easy for the university to make the decision to take courses online for the two weeks after break. It is disruptive and we know that residential learning is a hallmark of an Elon education. But the importance of that step should be a signal to you that you should also make individual choices that may be difficult as well. We’ve given you lots of travel and spring break advice in recent days – we hope you will heed it, even if it means some changes to your plans that you don’t like.

I’ve been hearing from some folks about students making plans to come back to Elon after the break so they have time to hang out with friends and party. If that’s on your mind, you’re missing the point. We will absolutely be open for those of you who want and need Elon as a place to go. But part of the strategy for shifting courses for those two weeks is to encourage social distancing. You will need to help with that. If you don’t need to return to campus, we encourage you to consider staying home. If you do return to Elon, the focus should be on maintaining your academic progress and working on your courses online. If you are planning to return, we would also ask that you be vigilant during the break next week to avoid settings and situations that put you, your friends, and others at greater risk of the virus.

Knowing that this situation is evolving quickly, even if you are planning to return after the break, you might consider taking things with you that you would need to continue online classes (textbooks and course materials, laptop and chargers, etc.), should things shift further over the next week and your travel be disrupted.

Dealing with the stress and anxiety of this situation

This is a new challenge for all of us. As you heard in President Book’s video, “we are in uncharted territory.”  The measures we are experiencing – canceling cultural and sporting events, disruptions to travel, etc. – are bound to raise our levels of anxiety and concern. This is a natural reaction. Some things you can do to manage that:

Limit your news and information intake to accurate and informative sources. The university’s coronavirus website – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – has been redesigned with new content, will be updated regularly, and has links to reputable sources of information.

  • Be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat well. Normal, healthy routines are especially important in moments of stress.
  • Take a break, engage in good mindfulness practices, and go for a walk or run outdoors.
  • Use your resources. The university offers access to a great library of mindfulness resources and self-help modules on managing stress, anxiety, and depression. You can sign up for the TAO resources using your Elon credentials here. If you’ve already signed up previously, the link to log in is here.

This is our moment to lead

An important part of an Elon education is becoming, as our mission states, “global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.”  When facing a global pandemic like coronavirus, that is exactly what the world needs most. Each of us is called right now to do our part and make changes in our daily lives that will help slow the spread of the virus and mitigate the impact on our community, nation and world. We are counting on you to lead and model the way.

A community update will be provided Monday afternoon. In the meantime, let us know if you have a concern. I am wishing you a safe and healthy break.

Dr. Jon Dooley
Vice President for Student Life

 

March 12, 2020: Information and updates about Spring Break from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Students,

I know that spring break plans are changing rapidly. Please keep in mind that students who live in residence halls or the Loy Neighborhood who want to stay on campus during spring break or the two weeks following MUST register online in advance. We ask that you please complete that registration today or tomorrow so we can plan accordingly, although the deadline to register to stay on campus between March 23 and April 5 is Tuesday, March 17.  Information and the link is on the Residence Life website here.

In the message below I am highlighting the following additional important information for you:

  • Current status of the coronavirus and travel plans
  • Parking and other information for those leaving for break
  • Information for those remaining on campus
  • Campus services available during spring break

Current status of the coronavirus and travel plans

  • Carefully review the CDC helpful guidance for travelers. During the break, stay informed about developments and watch for advisories that could impact when and where you can travel.
  • The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. We encourage students to follow suit.
  • All of continental Europe (29 countries) has been added to the CDC Level 3 travel warning list, in addition to the other countries previously listed.
  • The university also recommends reconsidering any international travel, knowing that this is an evolving situation and other countries could be added to the level two or three warning lists during Spring Break.
  • Please remember that all Elon students, faculty, and staff who travel to or through a country with a level two or three travel warning from the CDC must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. With the change Wednesday night, this now includes all of continental Europe, as noted above.
  • Carefully consider non-essential travel to U.S. locations that have declared a state of emergency or are experiencing a growing number of cases. As of March 11, this included 19 states. Here is a CDC website that is tracking the spread of coronavirus in the United States.
  • Reconsider spring break activities that involve large crowds or mass gatherings where coronavirus could be spread more easily.
  • No matter where you are, avoid contact with sick people; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.

Parking and other information for those leaving during spring break

  • Students who live on-campus may leave their vehicles in their permitted lots over spring break.
  • Students who live off-campus and wish to park on-campus for spring break may utilize the McMichael East lot only.
  • Parking questions should be directed to Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555.
  • If you are not planning to return to campus for the two weeks after spring break, be sure to bring everything you need to continue your classes online: computer, textbooks and class materials, ID’s, medication, clothing, cellphone and chargers, valuables, etc.
  • Be sure to follow smart health and safety tips when you travel.

Information for those remaining on campus

  • If you will be on-campus during Spring Break keep in mind that many campus services will be open, but with reduced hours or availability.
  • The university will be closed on Friday, March 20 for a holiday.  While many offices will be closed, campus services will be available.
  • For the two weeks when classes are shifting online, the university will be open. Students should anticipate limited campus activities. Most campus events and activities with more than 50 people will be canceled from March 16 through April 6.
  • Below, you will find hours of the major student services operations during spring break. Additional communication regarding hours of services March 23 – April 5 will be sent by next Thursday, March 19.

Campus services during spring break

Campus Safety and Police operates 24-hours per day year-round, and can be reached at 336-278-5555.  They can also assist with connections to the Student Life on-call administrators and on-call counselors.  SAFEline is always available at 336-278-3333 for confidential support with identity-based bias, sexual violence, or interpersonal violence – they can also be a confidential resource to access on-call violence responders.

Belk Library

  • Belk Library will be open during spring break. Visit http://elon.libcal.com for information about library hours for Phoenix card holders and community members.

Campus Recreation and Wellness

Counseling Services

  • Open during normal business hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm.
  • Counseling Services is available by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 336-278-7280.
  • The crisis counselor on-call remains available 24/7 and can be accessed by calling campus dispatch at (336) 278-5555.
  • If a student is experiencing a psychological emergency that is life threatening or involves imminent danger (risk of harm to self or others at any time), call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

Dining Services

  • Menus and hours are always available online here: https://www.elondining.com/menu-hours/
  • Note that Lakeside Dining Hall will be offering brunch and dinner over the weekend and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekdays.
  • Meal plans are not in effect during this time, but students may use Food Dollars, Meal Dollars, Phoenix Cash, cash or credit card.

Mail Services

  • Saturday & Sunday, 3/14-15: Closed
  • Monday, 3/16 – Thursday 3/19: 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, 3/20 – Sunday 3/22: Closed

Moseley Center

  • Friday, 3/13: 7 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday, 3/14: 8 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday, 3/15: Closed
  • Monday, 3/16 – Friday, March 20: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, 3/21: 8 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday, 3/22: 10 am – 7 pm

Student Health Services

Saturday, 3/14 – Monday, 3/16: Closed

Tuesday, 3/17 – Friday, 3/20: 10 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, 3/21 – Sunday, 3/22: Closed

Visit https://www.elon.edu/u/health-wellness/health-services/appointments/ for information or to schedule an appointment.

Sick Rides will not operate over the break.

For medical resources when Health Services is closed, please see: https://www.elon.edu/u/health-wellness/health-services/after-hours-and-summer-care/.

Transportation and BioBuses

  • 3/13  –  3/23: The University Drive Line will operate 4pm – 10pm.
  • All other bus routes stop Friday, 3/13 at 5pm and will not operate throughout the Break.

As it relates to coronavirus, just a reminder that I will send you the next community email update Monday afternoon, March 16, unless an earlier message is warranted. Current information is always available on the special university website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.

I know this has been a bit of an adjustment for all of us over the past few days.  Please reach out and let us know if there are any questions we can help answer.  I hope you have a safe, healthy, and restful break next week.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

March 11, 2020: President Book's announcement regarding classes and operations following Spring Break

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Members of the Elon community,

The University has continued carefully monitoring conditions and impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Campus leaders are working collaboratively to develop plans and scenarios to address our first priority which is to reduce the health risk to students, faculty, staff and their families.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Elon. Yesterday, the state of North Carolina declared a state of emergency and public health experts are encouraging social distancing to disrupt and minimize the spread of COVID-19.Today we are announcing important next steps for the Elon community as a part of that effort.

Elon University is committed to completing the semester and ensuring that all students can fulfill their academic requirements and degree progress. Campus offices and services will remain open and operations will continue normally.

Here is what you need to know:

  • All undergraduate courses will transition from classroom instruction to online learning mode for the two weeks following Spring Break (which begins this Saturday and concludes March 22).
  • Undergraduate students are encouraged to remain at home during the two weeks following Spring Break (March 23 – April 5). Please refer to this checklist for items to bring with you as you leave campus later this week.
  • Students will continue classes online beginning March 23 as directed by their faculty members.
  • We plan to resume normal classroom instruction on Monday, April 6.
  • The Schools of Law and Health Sciences will remain open and operate normally. Academic requirements will be communicated to students by the deans. Students in other graduate programs will receive further information from their faculty members as plans are developed.
  • University services and operations will continue for students who must remain on campus during Spring Break or return to campus prior to April 6. Residence halls, dining halls, and other campus services and offices will be open to meet the needs of the campus.
  • Students living in residence halls requesting to be on campus at any point over the next three weeks should register on-line here. We request that information as soon as possible for planning purposes.
  • Students who remain on campus should anticipate limited campus activities. Most campus events and activities with more than 50 people will be canceled from March 16 through April 6 and there could be changes to events scheduled after that date.

Although the decision to alter classes was difficult as it will impact Elon’s residential learning environment for a few weeks, we are confident these measures will help to protect all members of our community. We are announcing this decision now to give faculty and students time to plan for the transition and achieve their academic goals.

This decision will bring many questions and we will be working to answer those in the days ahead. We know this will be a stressful shift for our community and will be in touch frequently as further information is developed. We ask for continued patience and flexibility from everyone as we collectively address what has become a very complex situation. Please check our dedicated coronavirus website which will be updated frequently with further details: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.

Spring Break and University Travel

As students contemplate Spring Break travel, we encourage the following recommendations:

  • Carefully review the CDC helpful guidance for travelers. During the break, stay informed about developments and watch for advisories that could impact when and where you can travel.
  • The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. We encourage students to follow suit.
  • Reconsider spring break activities that involve large crowds or mass gatherings where coronavirus could be spread more easily.
  • Carefully consider non-essential travel to U.S. locations that have declared a state of emergency or are experiencing a growing number of cases.
  • The university also recommends reconsidering any international travel knowing that this is an evolving situation and other countries could be added to the level two or three warning list during Spring Break.
  • No matter where you are, avoid contact with sick people; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.

Additional university travel guidelines and advice include:

  • All non-essential university travel has been suspended until further notice. This includes alternative break trips and conference travel. Requests for exceptions to this policy should be made with deans and vice presidents.
  • Elon students, faculty, and staff who travel to or through a country with a level two or three travel warning from the CDC must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

Medical information and Questions

According to the CDC, at this time the complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, older people and people with certain underlying health conditions – like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example – seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.

If you have medical questions or concerns, please consult Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or the Faculty Staff Wellness Clinic at 336-278-5569. For questions about the university response to the virus, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-278-7200.

Dr. Dooley’s next email update to the community is planned for next Monday afternoon, March 16, unless an earlier message is warranted. Current information is always available on the special university website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.

A big thank you to our community members for all the work already completed (who knew that our efforts to address the mumps would have put Elon in a position of strength for Covid19!) and other work underway to prepare our community for this unprecedented situation, from our emergency management and wellness teams to the physical plant crews ensuring that our campuses remain as clean and sanitary as possible.

Please know how grateful I am for all that each of you do each day and will do over the coming weeks to adapt to these changes.  Thank you for your flexibility and patience during this dynamic time around the world.

Sincerely,

Connie Book

President

 

March 9, 2020: Coronavirus update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Our community continues to prepare for and respond to the threat of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Current Status

  • We are not aware of any coronavirus case associated with members of the Elon community.
  • There have been two confirmed cases in the state of North Carolina: one in Wake County and another in Chatham County.
  • Elon is continuing normal operations, even as we plan for a possibility that we could be affected on campus at some point in the future.

A team of campus leaders is meeting daily to share information and make decisions about preparation and strategies. The university’s Emergency Operations Center has also held multiple planning meetings to review Elon’s pandemic flu plan and prepare for potential scenarios. We are aware that some universities with direct exposure to coronavirus have switched from classroom instruction to online classes. Elon is not currently implementing such action, but we are making plans for continuing classes if coronavirus directly affects our campus.

Facts, Not Fear

We are committed to sharing factual and timely information with the Elon community. You can assist in the coronavirus response by stopping the spread of rumors and avoiding speculation. To that end, today’s email update includes important information about:

  1. Spring Break and university travel
  2. Accurate information sources
  3. The CDC risk assessment for the United States
  4. Medical information and questions

Spring Break and University Travel 

Elon’s undergraduate Spring Break  begins next weekend and many are concerned about potential disruption of their travel plans. Please be aware of and follow the following travel guidelines:

  • As you contemplate Spring Break travel, please review the CDC helpful guidance for travelers. During the break, stay informed about developments and watch for advisories that could impact when and where you can travel.
  • The CDC now recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.
  • The CDC has not recommended canceling travel within the United States. However, this situation is changing quickly and students may wish to carefully consider non-essential travel to U.S. locations that have declared a state of emergency or are experiencing a growing number of cases. Students are also advised to reconsider spring break activities that involve large crowds or mass gatherings where coronavirus could be spread more easily.
  • All university-sponsored travel by faculty and staff to countries that have a level two or three travel warning from the CDC has been canceled (currently China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, and Japan). For personal travel, Elon recommends the same limitations. The university also recommends reconsidering any international travel knowing that this is an evolving situation and other countries could be added to the level two or three warning list during Spring Break.
  • Elon students, faculty, and staff who travel to or through a country with a level two or three travel warning from the CDC must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.  
  • No matter where you are, avoid contact with sick people; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.
  • Students who live in residence halls and decide to remain on campus for all or part of the break should complete the online request for break housing by Wednesday, March 11. Given the situation, the university will work with students who need to make travel changes after that date, but having this information as soon as possible enables the university to make plans for campus services, which are often reduced during breaks.

Accurate Information Sources 

The best source of information about the university response to this evolving situation is the special website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus. This site will be regularly updated with new information. Updates will also be posted on the Today at Elon website and distributed via regular campus emails like this one.

University leaders are closely following advice and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is also providing information about the state-level response to coronavirus:

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina

Several national media sources have special sites dedicated to coronavirus information:

https://www.nytimes.com/news-event/coronavirus

https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/coronavirus

https://www.washingtonpost.com/coronavirus/

CDC Risk Assessment in the United States as of March 9, 2020

  • For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. This virus is not currently widespread in the United States.
  • People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
    Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.

Medical information and Questions

According to the CDC, at this time the complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, older people and people with certain underlying health conditions – like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example – seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.

If you have medical questions or concerns, please consult Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or the Faculty Staff Wellness Clinic at 336-278-5569. For questions about the university response to the virus, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-278-7200.

As a university community, we should remain vigilant but calm in the face of this evolving situation. If we follow the guidance of public health officials, practice prevention measures and reduce our own exposure, avoid non-essential travel, and take care of each other, we will get through this together.

Our next email update to the community is planned for next Monday afternoon, March 16, unless an earlier message is warranted. Current information is always available on the special university website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life

 

March 2, 2020: Coronavirus update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Note: The message was sent before the March 27 “stay-at-home” order by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Please consult the most recent entry in the Messages to the Community and information on the homepage – www.elon.edu/coronavirus – for the most up-to-date information regarding the potential resumption of in-person classes and campus operations.


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I write with an update regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Elon is continuing normal operations, even as we plan for a possibility that we could be affected on campus at some point in the future. We are not aware of any coronavirus case associated with members of the Elon community. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

In order to keep our community informed about this evolving situation, we have set up a special website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus

University leaders are closely following advice and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Actions taken by the university since the February 26 email include the following:

All Elon study abroad programs in Italy have been suspended. Students who were studying in Florence and Sorrento are returning to their homes and will complete their semester courses remotely. (Please note: the students are not returning to campus at this time.)
Students studying abroad in other locations have been advised that university leaders are closely monitoring the situation for any potential impact at their study locations. Students have also been advised to carefully heed the CDC and U.S. State Department travel warnings when traveling to other locations over weekends or breaks.
All university-sponsored travel by faculty and staff to countries that have a level three travel warning has been canceled (China, Italy, South Korea and Iran).

Elon’s infectious disease response team established last fall has been activated and will meet regularly throughout this situation.
Elon’s Emergency Operation Center held its first meeting associated with coronavirus last Friday. The group is reviewing and updating the university’s extensive pandemic flu plan.

University leaders have met with state and local health departments and will continue regular communication and coordination throughout this situation.

Actions you can take at this time:

  • Continue to stay updated about the coronavirus outbreak through the websites linked above or reliable media sources.
  • Consider the impact of the outbreak on upcoming spring break travel plans. As countries respond to outbreaks, travel limitations, bans and quarantines are being put into effect, often with little or no prior warning. Please consider both your departure and your return when travelling to areas currently under watch for coronavirus. The CDC website with travel information specific to coronavirus is a helpful resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
  • Continue to reinforce the same habits that helped our community through the mumps outbreak last fall and are also useful during the flu season we are currently experiencing:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Regularly use the hand sanitizer stations that are at the entrance to university buildings and dining halls.

According to the CDC, illness with this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness.

If you have medical questions or concerns, please consult Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or the Faculty Staff Wellness Clinic at 336-278-5569. For questions about the university response to the virus, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-278-7200.

We will continue to communicate with students, their families and faculty members potentially impacted by the spread of the coronavirus. Our next update to the community is planned for next Monday afternoon, March 9, unless an earlier update is warranted.

Jon Dooley
Vice President for Student Life

March 2, 2020: Message to Elon faculty and staff from Provost Aswani Volety and Vice President Bob Shea

March 2, 2020

Faculty and Staff Colleagues:

Global concerns continue to grow about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Elon is undertaking extensive planning and preparations and we want to share important information as we begin a week that will undoubtedly be filled with troubling headlines and increased anxiety:

  • We are not aware of any coronavirus case associated with members of the Elon community. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.
  • We anticipate continuing normal operations of the university unless conditions call for us to make adjustments.
  • We are closely following advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Elon’s Emergency Operation Center held its first meeting associated with this issue last Friday. The group is reviewing and updating the university’s extensive pandemic flu plan. Faculty and staff members who have particular expertise in pandemic planning and response and would like to join the EOC team should contact Provost Aswani Volety or Vice President Bob Shea.
  • We are monitoring the increasing global travel restrictions. Because of those concerns, all university-sponsored travel to CDC Level 3 countries is prohibited. Those countries are China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. This includes faculty and staff professional travel as well as university-related student travel. As Spring Break approaches, we urge you pay attention to CDC and U.S. State Department travel advisories, reconsider any international travel and monitor news reports for further travel advisories. If you have questions, please consult your dean or department director.
  • We have created a special coronavirus website that will be updated frequently. Go to: www.elon.edu/coronavirus
  • We will also update the campus about developments on a regular schedule. Dr. Jon Dooley will provide a campus community update today and each Monday, or sooner if conditions warrant.

Thank you for your support and participation in preparing for the potential impact on the Elon community.

Sincerely,

Aswani Volety, provost and vice president for academic affairs
Bob Shea, vice president for business, finance and technology

February 26, 2020: Coronavirus information overview from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

On February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted Americans to begin to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus in the United States, saying it’s not clear when it will arrive and how severe an outbreak could become. The CDC advised that disruption to everyday life could be significant and suggested that businesses, schools and families have discussions about the potential impact.

Elon is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus across the globe, mindful of the impact it may have on operations here on campus and for our students studying abroad this semester. The university has an infectious disease response team that has been activated and will meet regularly to assess conditions.  We also have a university emergency plan specific to pandemic conditions, should it become necessary. University leaders remain in ongoing communication with local and state health departments and have been monitoring guidance from the CDC, which maintains a helpful updated summary about the virus online here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

The staff in Student Health Services and the Faculty-Staff Wellness Clinic are well-trained on established protocols for epidemics and pandemics and the university maintains emergency response strategies for a variety of possible scenarios. We continue our preparation and are ready to work with local, state and national health authorities in responding to any confirmed case which affects members of our community or the operations of the university.

University leaders are also monitoring the impact of the virus in other countries where Elon students and faculty are studying and traveling during spring semester. You may have seen yesterday’s announcement that we have suspended Elon’s study abroad program in Florence for the semester, in response to news of growing numbers of coronavirus cases in northern Italy. Twenty-one Elon students and one faculty member will return to their homes from Florence this week. The university and our academic partners in Italy will ensure the students are able to complete all coursework remotely.

The university is in close contact with the other study abroad programs in which Elon students are participating this semester and will respond as appropriate to additional disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

As we near spring break, it is important that you stay informed about the spread of the coronavirus. Elon strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to be prudent in their travel choices. As countries respond to outbreaks, travel limitations, bans and quarantines are being put into effect, often with little or no prior warning. Please consider both your departure and your return when traveling to areas currently under watch for coronavirus.

According to the CDC, illness with this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness. More information about the virus is available from the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html or from the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

As with any other virus we ask that all students, faculty and staff remain vigilant in practicing precautions to prevent the spread of disease. CDC guidelines for prevention and treatment are similar to the recommendations to prevent the spread of any virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • We will continue to communicate with students, their families and faculty members potentially impacted by the spread of the coronavirus abroad. If necessary, we will provide regular email communication, as we did during the mumps outbreak during fall semester.

If you have medical questions or concerns, please consult Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or the Faculty Staff Wellness Clinic at 336-278-5569. For questions about the university response to the virus, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-278-7200.

Jon Dooley
Vice President for Student Life

February 25, 2020: Elon suspends study abroad program in Florence, Italy, due to coronavirus concerns

In response to news of growing numbers of novel coronavirus cases in northern Italy, Elon University will suspend its study abroad program in Florence for the semester. Twenty-one Elon students and one faculty member will return to their homes from Florence this week. The university and its Italian academic partners will ensure the students are able to complete all coursework remotely.

The decision comes after the number of confirmed cases in Italy rose from a handful to more than 300 within a matter of days. The outbreak is centered in northern Italy in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont, which include the cities of Milan, Venice and Torino. At least a dozen towns in northern Italy have been quarantined and schools across the region are closed until at least March 1. On Tuesday, Italian media reported that an Italian businessman who had traveled to Singapore tested positive for the coronavirus in Florence. He is in isolation at a local hospital.

While the health risk to the students and faculty member in Florence remains low, the decision takes into consideration the possibility of local and international travel restrictions if the coronavirus continues to spread.

Such restrictions would affect the study abroad experience for these students and could impact their ability to return to the United States at a later date if the coronavirus threat increases and spreads to new locations in Italy and beyond.

The Italian government has taken numerous steps to prevent the further spread of the virus, including quarantining multiple small towns in northern Italy and canceling public events. The country could impose travel restrictions in the future depending upon the spread of the virus.

“This was a difficult decision for the university to make, given that these students were already immersed in these important global experiences,” said Woody Pelton, dean of global education. “However, the health and safety of students is our top priority. Given the uncertainty about the spread of the virus and its anticipated impact on travel and our academic program in Florence, we decided it was best to bring these students home as soon as possible.”

Elon continues to closely monitor the spread of coronavirus and its impact on other countries where Elon students and faculty are studying and traveling during spring semester. The university is in close contact with the study abroad programs Elon students are participating in this semester and will respond as needed to any disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 25, more than 80,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed around the world, with almost 78,000 of those occurring in mainland China. Other countries experiencing outbreaks, but on a much smaller scale, are South Korea (977 cases), Italy (322) and Japan (170), as of Tuesday afternoon. Other countries around the world have fewer than 100 confirmed cases, and in the United States, there have been 53 confirmed cases.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the situation in Italy as “Alert – Level 2, practice enhanced precautions” that include:

  • Avoiding contact with sick people
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cleaning hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

The CDC has said that there is “sustained community transmission” in Italy, which means that people have been infected by the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and the spread is ongoing.

According to the CDC, illness with this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Risk factors for severe illness are not yet clear, although older adults and those with chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness.

Elon will continue to communicate with students, their families and faculty members potentially impacted by the spread of the coronavirus abroad. More information about the novel coronavirus outbreak is available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the World Health Organization.

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VIRUS PREVENTION

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Stay home when you are sick.