March 27: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issues 'stay-at-home' order for the entire state
On Friday, March 27, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a “stay-at-home’ order impacting the entire state, with enforcement to begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30.
The order directs N.C. residents to stay home unless they need to leave for essentials, such as a job, food, medicine, outdoor exercise or to help others. The order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to stay at least six feet away from each other. The order allows essential services to continue, and directs those businesses that need to remain open use a strong social distancing policy.
March 27: Online mental health resource for Elon students, faculty and staff
Good morning,Counseling Services wants to share information with you to help increase student awareness of a helpful resource called TAO (Therapy Assistance Online). Please share the information below widely with students with whom you work. Students can also be directed to the Counseling Services web page for additional information: www.elon.edu/counseling.
Counseling Services wants you to know you are not alone. As we are all adjusting in these uncertain times we want you to know that help is available!
TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) gives you access to resources that can help you handle life and feel your best emotionally. TAO offers videos, activity logs, and other tools that you can interact with anytime and anywhere you have internet access. TAO modules address a range of mental health concerns that may be valuable to you including guided activities to help overcome anxiety, learn stress management, mindfulness skills, relationship skills, and strategies to avoid dwelling on your concerns and to develop more helpful thinking patterns. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TAO is highlighting mindfulness exercises to those in need to help people that may be struggling with worry and anxiety at this difficult time.
It is easy to sign up for TAO resources using your Elon computing ID.
Check out “Coping through Coronavirus” from TAO Connect on Vimeo.
If you like this video, make sure you share it, too!
WE GOT THIS, ELON!
Marie Shaw, Ph.D., HSP-PDirector/Licensed Psychologist
March 23: Message to Town of Elon residents from Mayor Jerry Tolley
Dear Fellow Elon Residents:
We find ourselves in truly unsettled and unprecedented times. There is concern over the spread of the coronavirus, uncertainty over jobs and paychecks, and a general worry over how we are going to get through this period of social isolation. I share those concerns and worries.
I also share a profound sense of hope and confidence. Hope that this pandemic will play out quickly, and confidence that people will follow the advice of the State and Federal governments: stay home as much as possible; wash your hands frequently; maintain at least six feet of separation from others; and keep surfaces clean. I know there is a lot of work going on to try and find more effective treatments for this virus, and that the best we, as individuals can do, is to follow the advice and restrictions necessary to reduce the spread, and help keep our systems up and running to address the problem.
Locally, we are implementing measures to help achieve these goals. First, this past Friday, I signed a Declaration of Emergency, authorizing the Town Manager to take certain steps to help ensure the health of our employees and our residents, which include:
- Implementing changes to our working staff, having some work from home, and having others on-call from home.
- Instituted a ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people, conforming to the recommendations of the White House and the CDC.
- Waiving late fees on parking and utility bills, and deferring water shut offs until June.
In addition, Town staff are undertaking more routine and extensive cleaning of public areas in our town offices. The public door at the Police Station has been closed, with personal requests for service being conveyed via an outside phone. I am encouraging all residents to change how they interact with the Town, by calling rather than coming into Town Hall and paying bills via our outside drop box, US Mail, or on-line. These steps will reduce interactions, and reduce the chance of you passing anything to our staff, or picking up anything in our lobby.
There may be additional changes in the days and weeks ahead. But rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure the ongoing operations of the Town, the sound management of our public resources, and the safety of the public. Some of these measures may seem ‘too much’ or ‘not normal’, but these are different times, and they require different steps.
Please consider signing up for ElonConnect via the Town’s web page, www.townofelon.com, for up-to-date notices from the Town as this situation unfolds.
On behalf of the Board of Aldermen and all town employees, stay safe.
Jerry Tolley, Mayor
March 24: Updates for Mail Services
In order to continue to support university operations while protecting the safety and well-being of those still on campus, the Mail Services team will be suspending all on-campus deliveries and transitioning to counter service only.
The Mail Services counter will be open for delivery and sending of outgoing items Monday-Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm, however our Mail Services team will also be available via phone or email Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm to answer any questions.
We are asking departments to work with your fellow colleagues to identify at least one person from your department that will check the mail on a regularly basis. There are mail items coming in that may require your attention and may need further processing by other departments on campus so timeliness is key at this time.
If you have received a package but are not on campus during this time, we will hold them until you return or we return to delivering.
If your office has a special need from Mail Services over the coming weeks, please contact Cedric Bozeman, Manager of Mail Services, at email@example.com or 336.278.5433 to discuss.
Caroline E. Ryan
Director of Auxiliary Services
March 23: COVID-19 measures for Barnes & Noble at Elon University
Dear Elon Community,
As you are aware from previous communications, it is clear that effectively reducing the spread of COVID-19 requires – comprehensive and immediate action. Barnes & Noble at Elon University is no exception, and we must now implement additional measures to keep our students, faculty, staff, and community as safe as possible while supporting the teaching and learning at Elon University. Policy discussions are happening frequently, and we are making decisions rapidly; please understand that the situation remains fluid and your patience and flexibility are appreciated.
Change in store hours:
- The bookstore is closed to the public beginning March 22.
- Online orders and emails will be handled daily.
- Vitalsource provides free access to many textbooks.
- Rental textbooks are due at the end of exams. A tile has been added to the main page of the website and an email blast will be shared with students who have active rental accounts.
Online Support during this time:
- We are offering FREE ground shipping on all online orders. These orders will be fulfilled locally by our store team and shipped out during regular business hours. Website: https://elon.bncollege.com/shop/elon/home.
- FREE access to e-Textbooks through the remainder of the Spring term.
To help maintain consistency and ensure students are equipped to learn wherever they are, Barnes & Noble has joined VitalSource and leading publishers in providing free access to e-Textbooks through the remainder of the Spring term. Students will now be able to access these e-Textbooks free of cost to help them successfully complete their academic year.
How do students access VitalSource Helps content that provides free access to eBooks?
To get started, please visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before you can begin searching for and reading eBooks, you will need to log-in or create a VitalSource Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address.
For students accessing Bookshelf for the first time:
Please review these instructions for creating a Bookshelf account. Once you create an account with an institution-provided email address, you can login and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find your free eBooks.
For students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address:
Students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore” when you login in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find your free eBooks.
We recognize these are extraordinary measures, and we know that there will continue to be questions as we implement these decisions. We also know that the circumstances faced by each individual customer may be unique, challenging, and stressful. We will work as closely as we can to help everyone navigate this difficult transition. It is critically important to stay connected and informed during this time.
As the situation continues to evolve, we are taking proactive measures to ensure your safety and assist you with your ongoing academic experience, wherever you may be.
March 22: Accessing Belk Library services and resources
Continuation of Belk Library services while the library building is closed to walk-in service:
Live chat via the library webpage will be operational:
Monday – Thursday, 8am – 10pm
Sunday, 12noon – 10pm
Call the library at 336-278-6600, 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Email your liaison librarian
Schedule an appointment (for a call or WebEx consultation)
Requests for borrowing items from our Print collections will be pulled each weekday.
- Requests for print materials can be made through the library webpage
- Click on Hold First Available Copy.
- Your materials will be available for self-serve pick-up outside of the Mail Counter in Moseley Center during their open hours (10am – 2pm, Weekdays
- (Due to limited staffing and building access changes, purple bag delivery is not available at this time.)
- Digital scans of portions of print books can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus
Your colleagues in Belk Library have compiled a page to help you connect to materials from off-campus. http://elon.libguides.com/Belk_Off-Campus
Research guides are available to help you and your students find online resources to support your work.
Library instruction will transition to Moodle and WebEx, with liaison librarians continuing to work closely with teaching faculty to support the research and resource needs of those classes as needed. By prior arrangement, your liaison librarian can join your course via WebEx, join an asynchronous chat with the class, or prepare a guide to resources specific to a research assignment.
Faculty requests for purchase of new materials will be prioritized in e-format, if available. Please contact your liaison librarian with questions or requests. If you need assistance exploring the availability of e-materials required for your course, please reach out to your liaison librarians.
Interlibrary Loan of physical items has largely ceased across the country, but ILL of electronic materials continues depending upon availability. If items can be borrowed, they will be delivered via email.
Chat with a librarian (Ask us now box)
Email your liaison librarian
Schedule an appointment (for a call or WebEx consultation)
Call (Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm) at 336-278-6600
Joan D. Ruelle
Dean of the Carol Grotnes Belk Library
March 21: Pass/fail option for Spring 2020 Semester Undergraduate Courses
In response to questions and concerns raised by Elon faculty, students, and staff due to the extraordinary circumstances in Spring 2020, over the past week, representatives from Academic Council have been working with the academic deans, the provost’s office, and other colleagues to consider options and to develop a plan that meets our students’ needs and that aligns with our academic commitments.
We are writing now to announce a new policy that will apply only to spring 2020 undergraduate courses. This policy was developed in close consultation with the Academic Standing Committee, and the Academic Council has expressed strong and united support for this policy.
Under this policy, Elon University undergraduate students may elect to take any or all of their spring 2020 semester courses pass/fail. If a student does not designate a course pass/fail, the student will receive a letter grade. The full policy is attached. Please review it carefully.
Please note, this policy does *not* make all undergraduate courses pass/fail, as some institutions have done. Instead, the decision to receive a letter grade or a pass/fail grade rests with the individual student for each of their courses.
This policy is based on three central pillars:
- Faculty expertise: Under this policy, faculty will continue to teach and grade how they see fit, drawing on their disciplinary and pedagogical expertise – and their relationships with students — to make decisions about how each course should unfold.
- Student agency: Under this policy, students have control over the form of their final grades for the semester. Students may elect to receive a letter grade or a pass/fail grade in each of their courses. The choice to designate any course pass/fail, and the responsibility for doing so, resides with the individual student.
- Institutional sustainability: Under this policy, the university can adapt existing academic practices and systems to meet the needs of students without creating an overwhelming burden on colleagues who must enact this policy.
We are grateful for the many colleagues who worked together diligently to craft this policy over the past week, and we appreciate your work through the remainder of the semester to help students navigate the dynamic situation facing all of us.
If you have questions about this policy, please contact your academic dean or the Academic Council (Academic Standing Committee).
Catherine Chiang, Chair of Academic Council and Professor of Accounting
Aswani Volety, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology
March 21: Update on needs in the Alamance County community
Many of you have asked during the past week—despite the disruptions in your personal and professional lives—how to support the local community.
The following is an informational update on community needs, donation requests, and volunteer opportunities in Alamance County.
Temporary Volunteer Hours Policy Change
Working with Staff Council, the University has approved a temporary change to the policy on annual volunteer hours. Temporarily and with supervisor approval, staff may use the 16 annual volunteer hours to support COVID-19 related needs in our communities. When reporting such leave hours, click on the “Disaster Relief” category under volunteer hours. Staff approved by supervisors to be away for volunteer hours should still abide CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing, and avoiding gatherings of more than 50 people.
Challenges in the Community
United Way, Impact Alamance, Alamance County Emergency Operations Center, local religious organizations, food pantries, and other community partners, have been working to coordinate county-wide efforts around: 1) caring for the children of first responders, emergency personnel and hospital workers, as well as 2) feeding children and families during school closures. We are hearing that Cone Health and Red Cross blood drives are being organized (within CDC guidelines) to respond to this increasingly urgent need as well. Updates on local organizations can be found here.
Current Efforts by Elon Faculty and Staff
We appreciate efforts by faculty and staff to help in our local communities, including the following:
- Campus Kitchen: Instead of their usual food deliveries to Allied Churches (local homeless shelter and feeding site) and Salvation Army Food Pantry, this week Elon’s Campus Kitchen and Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement were able to contribute materials and supplies needed for providing grab and go packaged meals (per the Governor’s mandate).
- Spanish Translators: A number of Spanish-speaking faculty and staff stepped forward to offer their services as interpreters on the Alamance County Emergency Operations Center information lines.
- United Way Donations: Thank you again for your many donations to Elon’s faculty-staff United Way campaign. These funds are being put to important use as United Way has taken a leadership role in coordinating volunteers and other local response efforts.
How to Help
During the COVID-19 crisis, United Way is coordinating donations and volunteer efforts to help Alamance County neighbors with needs related to food, housing, childcare, and transportation.
If you are interested in donating, please click below. Donations will be used to respond to the greatest local needs.
(or mail to United Way, 220 E. Front Street, Burlington, NC 27215)
If you are interested in helping, please click below to complete the interest form. You will be notified as agencies learn that volunteers can report/participate.
Thank you for your continued concern for others in our community. Elon is participating in Alamance County meetings to coordinate responses to COVID-19.
Feel free to reach out to us to share information or ask questions,
Jeff Stein, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
Mary Morrison, Assistant Dean of Campus Life/Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement
Jon Dooley, Vice President for Student Life
March 20: Town of Elon declares State of Emergency
Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Jerry Tolley declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Elon at 3 p.m. today.
The State of Emergency declaration provides the following additional powers to the Town Manager and is effective within the Town of Elon’s jurisdiction. The following changes are effective at 9pm this evening and remain in effect until rescinded, or until the Declaration of Emergency is rescinded:
• Public and private gatherings of more than ten (10) people, as advised by the Federal Government, are hereby prohibited. This provision will be enforced by the Elon Police Department, the Elon University Police Department, and any other law enforcement agency having authority within the Town’s jurisdiction.
- All parks are closed until further notice.
- All recreation activities are cancelled until further notice.
- All events are cancelled until further notice.
- All Board of Aldermen, Planning Board, Downtown Advisory Board, and committee meetings will be held via electronic means when possible and lawful. A link to view the meeting will be provided.
- The Board of Aldermen meetings have been reduced to a single meeting each month, held on the second Tuesday of the month starting on April 14, 2020.
- Depending on the needs identified to mitigate the transmission of this virus, additional changes may be forthcoming. These actions are being taken to keep our residents, staff, and visitors safe during this time.
To view the declaration of emergency and other COVID-19 related information, please visit https://www.townofelon.com/covid-19-coronavirus-information/. Information will also be provided through the Elon Connect system. Our first responders are still active and working diligently to keep us all safe. We ask that everyone, please follow the guidelines of the CDC and continue to socially distance from others, wash your hands, and follow good hygiene practices.
March 20: Alamance County Identifies First Case of COVID-19
From the Alamance County Health Department:
On March 20, Alamance County Health Department received notification of their first positive case of COVID-19. The affected individual is currently in isolation at home and is doing well. The individual has no known travel risk and no known contact to a previous case. To protect the individual’s privacy, no further information about them will be released. Alamance County Health Department is identifying close contacts to the affected individual. A close contact is defined as anyone who was within six feet of the individual for 10 minutes or more.
“We have been preparing and planning for cases in Alamance County. Our public health response team has been in contact with the individual and they are complying with all control measures and orders,” said Health Director Stacie Saunders. “It is likely we will see other confirmed cases in the community. We urge the community to continue to practice social distancing and general precautions in order to protect themselves, their loved ones, and our neighbors.”
Alamance County Health Department is continuing to collaborate with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), Alamance County Emergency Management, Alamance County leadership, municipal leaders, and other community partners to respond to the situation and prepare for any future potential cases.
March 20: State of Emergency Declared for Alamance County
Amy Scott Galey, Chair of the Alamance Board of Commissioners, declared a local ‘State of Emergency’ for Alamance County effective Friday, March 20, 2020, at 10am. A state of emergency allows the County to coordinate, provide, and request additional emergency supplies and receive mutual aid from the state and federal government.
“With our first confirmed case of COVID-19, it is appropriate to declare a State of Emergency for Alamance County,” Chair Galey said. “The County will be working closely with all the municipalities, community partners, and first responders to coordinate resources and share important information. County staff has been working very hard to be sure that essential services are uninterrupted in order to protect public heath and safety. Residents should continue to take precautions to avoid exposure and spread of the virus.”
While there are no County office closures at this time, residents are encouraged limit person-to-person contact and use online resources and services or call in to conduct county business. For updated COVID-19 Alamance County program or event cancellations or changes, please visit www.alamance-nc.com/covid19/.
The County COVID-19 Call Center is also available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm. Residents and organizations are encouraged to call 336-290-0361 for general Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions or information regarding the County’s response.
For the most current state and national information or recommendations regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.
March 19: Updates to package process from Mail Services
Mail Services – Updated Package Process
If you received an item(s) prior to leaving or accidentally sent/shipped something to campus rather than home, you have three options:
Mail Services can return the item(s) to the sender at no cost to you. Then you may re-order the item through the original seller to your current address. If you would like this to happen, please email firstname.lastname@example.org your Name, Campus Box Number, and Student ID #, and a statement asking us to return the items to sender.
If you would like to have your items mailed to you there is a three step process:
Step 1: Email email@example.com with the required information below:
- Name, Campus Box Number, and Student ID #
- Address of where the items will be shipped
- An Itemized list of the items you are inquiring about including original shipping information/Specific tracking number(s) for the item(s)
Step 2: A member of the Mail Services team will respond as soon as possible with a cost to ship the item(s) home. Postage/shipping charge payments will only be accepted via phoenix cash – credit cards are not accepted.
Step 3: If you accept the quote you will send a confirmation reply with the following information:
- A statement saying that you accept the quoted cost and are authorizing the use of your phoenix cash balance to ship those items. Please confirm you have checked that there are adequate funds on the card before submitting.
- Your 16-digit Phoenix Card Number that is printed on the front of the card
You may leave the items at Mail Services until April 20th and receive the item(s) when you return for the remainder of the semester.
For any questions, please can contact Mail Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-278-5433.
March 19: Student Professional Development Center implements virtual appointments and live chat
Beginning Monday, March 23, the Student Professional Development Center (SPDC) will operate 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Consistent with social distancing, career advisors are available to meet virtually through WebEx, over the phone, and through email with students and alumni who are seeking assistance with their internship search, a job search or the graduate school application process. Virtual appointments can be made using the online appointment feature on the SPDC homepage — https://www.elon.edu/u/spdc/.
In addition, anyone can also enter a “Live Chat” with the SPDC, from each weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Initiate a chat by clicking here.
March 19: Course withdrawal date extended to April 6
The date to withdraw from a full semester course with a “W” has been extended until Monday, April 6th. This extension will give students additional time to evaluate their current progress in their courses and how well they adapt to online learning.
March 18: Update to IT Service Desk scheduled appointments
The Service Desk is moving from walk-ins to scheduled appointments only for in-person assistance to support social distancing efforts. Visit elon.edu/servicedesk for support or call (336) 278-5200 to schedule in-person assistance. There are many things we can do remotely to support.
March 17: Town of Elon announcements, including a ban on parties and large gatherings
Town of Elon COVID-19 preparations
Elon, NC (March 17, 2020) – As we continue to monitor the Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 situation, the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff remains a top priority. In order to better protect the entire community, we are working with our community partners to develop a response plan should the virus present itself in Elon or the surrounding area. Though the virus has not presented itself in the Town of Elon, we recommend that everyone take appropriate precautions to help slow the spread.
Currently, we continue to monitor the situation and have taken the following steps:
- All Recreation & Parks programing have been cancelled through March 30th
- The playgrounds at Beth Schmidt Park and Lawrence Slade Park are closed through March 30th
- The Arbor Day Celebration scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020 has been rescheduled to November 7th
- All scheduled rentals have been cancelled through March 30th.
We may also postpone future events scheduled by Downtown Elon and Recreation & Parks Departments as the situation develops.
At this time, Town Hall will remain operating as scheduled Monday – Friday from 8am until 5pm. However, if it is determined necessary, we will reduce operating hours or close the offices to the public until such time as it is safe to reopen and some staff may be asked to work from home.
We ask that all residents pay their water bills online through our FREE online payment portal, which can be found on our website at https://www.townofelon.com/how-do-i/online-bill-pay/, by dropping the payment in the drop box, or mailing the payment to us at Town of Elon, P.O. Box 595, Elon, NC 27244. Parking tickets can be paid online at https://www.townofelon.com/how-do-i/pay-my-parking-ticket/ or placed in the drop box at the front of the Town Hall. If you are sick, please do not enter the building. For water billing questions, call 336-584-0282. For tax billing questions, call 336-584-4828. To reach other departments, call the main line at 336-584-3601 and follow the prompts. Messages will be returned as soon as practical.
Due to Executive Order #117 from Governor Roy Cooper, there is a prohibition on mass gatherings of 100 people or more. A mass gathering is defined as any event or convening that brings together more than one hundred (100) persons in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space. This includes parades, fairs and festivals. Please do not hold large parties or social events that bring together more than 100 people.
If you have not registered to receive communications from the Town through the Elon Connect portal, please register today. The portal will be used to keep you up to date on the situation and any actions taken by the Town. The portal can be found here: https://elonnc.bbcportal.com/. Additionally, there is information available at www.townofelon.com.
Currently, 911 centers across the state are being inundated with calls about symptoms and other COVID-19-related questions. Officials are urging people to use this COVID-19 Information call-in line setup by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) — 866-462-3821. For information about Alamance County’s response, please call 336-290-0361.
We ask that you please review the information at the links below to better educate yourselves on the virus and prevention methods.
The best sources for state and global COVID-19 information are:
Coronavirus Response in North Carolina (NCDHHS): http://ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://coronavirus.gov
World Health Organization (WHO): http://coronavirus.com
As the situation continues to evolve, there may be changes to the schedule of events, public meetings, hours of operation, and staffing. We will continue to provide updates through the Town’s website, social media outlets and the Elon Connect system.
March 16: Mail Services hours and operational changes
In order to support university operations while protecting the safety and well-being of those still on campus, the Mail Services team will be transitioning to one mail pick-up/delivery daily – in the afternoon. The afternoon pick-up/delivery allows us to process all items delivered to campus before starting the daily routes.
The Mail Services counter will be available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
If your office has a special need from Mail Services in the next 3 weeks, please contact Cedric Bozeman, Manager of Mail Services, at email@example.com or 336.278.5433 to discuss.
March 16: Francis Center puts in new policies for visitors
Good morning to everyone,
As you know, the Francis Center remains open to students, faculty, and staff. To maintain the health of our SHS family and our community, please adhere to the following policies when visiting the building:
As you enter through the front doors, one of our essential staff members will welcome you and help you check out a bottle of Virex Tb disinfectant (see product details here) and a washcloth. Please use this to wipe down any areas where you are working in the building, both before AND after. Return your bottle at the front door as you exit the building.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout the building, predominantly in lab spaces. I have attached a CDC handout which reminds us that hand sanitizers do not kill ALL types of germs and that handwashing is a more effective method to prevent illness. This handout also includes instructions for hand washing and proper use of sanitizer, and we are posting handwashing instructions throughout the building.
Please plan to use large spaces in the Francis Center such as classrooms and labs and spread out so you are at least 6 feet from people you are working with. Small group rooms are limited to TWO people and doors should remain open to allow proper ventilation.
The fitness center will also be limited to TWO people at a time; please use fans, keep the door open, and carefully wipe down equipment before AND after use.
Finally, our essential staff members will be working together to complete a comprehensive cleaning of the Francis Center over the next three weeks. Every surface in the building will be cleaned off and disinfected. Personal items will be placed in boxes to be retrieved at a later date, and used towels hanging in the locker room will be discarded. If you would like to gather any personal belongings, please plan to do so by 8am tomorrow morning.
As always, I welcome your questions and suggestions. Stay well!
Dr. Rebecca Neiduski
Dean of the School of Health Sciences
March 13: Elon activates Emergency Operations Center
Message from President Connie Ledoux Book:
Dear faculty and staff colleagues,
It has been a challenging and stressful week for everyone at Elon and I want to thank you for your hard work and calm approach to the unprecedented situation presented by the coronavirus. I am proud of the way our community has responded.
In accordance with the university’s emergency plan, I have decided to formally activate Elon’s Emergency Operations Center, effective today, to oversee and manage the university’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EOC, which includes a broad group of university leaders, held its third planning meeting today. Their outstanding work over the past several weeks has provided wise guidance as we determine actions to protect the health and safety of our community and modify daily instruction and operations.
Bob Shea, vice president for business, finance and technology, is leading the EOC as emergency manager. Tom Flood, assistant vice president for physical plant, serves as deputy emergency manager. Every functional area of the university is represented and the group is reaching out to include specific individuals who have expertise in responding to health emergencies. The EOC is carrying on the work of a smaller group that has been meeting daily on the coronavirus issue for more than three weeks. The EOC will hold daily briefings and provide status reports and recommendations to the university’s senior staff and me.
This formal management model is outlined in Elon’s emergency plan, which includes a specific plan to respond to episodes of pandemic disease. I appreciate the dedication of the EOC members in helping to protect our community and ask you to join me in giving them our full support and confidence as they carry out this crucial work.
We have received many good questions this week and have been working to develop policies to ensure the safety and well-being of all faculty and staff while maintaining the operations of the university. I have asked each of the vice presidents to facilitate conversations with their divisions this coming Monday regarding work policies and continuing operations.
There are uncertain days ahead, but I know we will persevere and make smart decisions in the best interest of all members of the Elon community.
Connie Ledoux Book
March 12: SPDC to suspend walk-in career advising hours and face-to-face appointments
The Student Professional Development Center (SPDC) will suspend walk-in career advising hours and face-to-face appointments beginning this Friday, March 13, at 5 PM. Career advisors in the SPDC will be available for remote advising and conferencing with students during the next three weeks.
We encourage students to continue to book appointments on-line with advisors by using the Elon Job Network, but these should be virtual meetings, not face-to-face. Advisors and student should be able to connect through virtual platforms like WebEx or SKYPE, or simply by email and phone. Hopefully these conversations with students will continue over the next three weeks, and not wait until students return to campus the week of April 6.
Event Cancellations, Postponements and Changes
If you need to make changes to scheduled events, the Office of Event and Space Management asks that you please utilize our online cancellation/change form to ensure your reservations are updated appropriately on the university master calendar. To have a cancellation added to this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 17: All student organization activities through May 13 are canceled
All student organization activities through Reading Day, Wednesday, May 13, are canceled. 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.
March 17: Department of Performing Arts cancels remainder of production season
It is with a heavy heart that I announce we have made the difficult decision, in consultation with Dean Gabie Smith and the rest of the Elon Emergency Operations Center, to cancel the remainder of the Elon Department of Performing Arts production season: Grand Night (A Music Theatre Review), Hamlet, Senior Dance Thesis Concert, Violet, Instant Laughter, and all of the student directed and class-based productions.
While we are all disappointed, we are confident this decision is the right one. It is consistent with what other cultural and educational institutions across the nation are doing. We want to do our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our community.
Thank you very much for your support of this decision and we look forward to welcoming you back to our performances in the fall.
Chair, Department of Performing Arts
March 17: Elonthon shifting to virtual fundraising efforts
In light of the University decision to transition from classroom instruction to online learning for the two weeks following Spring Break (March 23 – April 5), Elonthon has made the decision to transition our 24-hour dance marathon event scheduled on April 3rd and 4th to virtual fundraising efforts.
While the world is focused on COVID-19, we know that there are so many additional cases of illness affecting the lives of patients and families at Duke Children’s Hospital; as such, fundraising efforts will continue digitally until April 4th at 6:00pm when the Elonthon fundraising total reveal would have taken place. Because the kids need us now more than ever, we continue to believe in them.
Participants are encouraged to continue fundraising through their Donor Drive page, and Elonthon will be initiating a virtual fundraising campaign to raise funds and awareness for the kids following spring break. Additional information will be shared on Instagram (@elonthon) and Facebook (ELONTHON Dance Marathon). For now, donations can be made at elonthon.com.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Student Involvement at (336) 278-7214 or email@example.com.
March 13: Robyn Henderson-Espinoza lecture canceled
A talk by Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, “Inaugural Spirit and Pride Speaker,” scheduled for April 2 in the Numen Lumen Pavilion, has been canceled and will be rescheduled for 2020-21.
March 13: Bryan Terrell Clark Liberal Arts Forum lecture canceled
The lecture by Bryan Terrell Clark, “Finding Purpose: From Baltimore to Broadway’s Hamilton,” scheduled for March 25 in Whitley Auditorium, has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. We will explore sharing his presentation with the campus community for later in the spring semester.
March 13: CAA cancels all competitions for the remainder of the winter and spring sport seasons
Following extensive discussions with the conference’s institutional administrators, in light of new developments and in an attempt to mitigate the further spread of the coronavirus, the Colonial Athletic Association has decided to cancel all conference and non-conference competitions for the remainder of the winter and spring sports seasons. Details here – https://www.elon.edu/u/news/2020/03/13/caa-cancels-all-competitions-for-the-remainder-of-the-winter-and-spring-sport-seasons/
March 13: BLAC meeting canceled
The Black Life Advisory Council meeting scheduled for March 28 has been canceled. Organizers are working on providing opportunities to collaborate remotely and will communicate with members directly. For questions, contact Randy Williams, associate vice president for inclusive excellence and civic engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 13: In-person JLAC meeting canceled
The Jewish Life Advisory Council meeting planned for March 29 has been canceled in accordance with Elon’s decision to transition to online classes after Spring Freak (from March 23-April 5) in order to disrupt and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Jewish Life staff is currently working to find ways to engage with members virtually on strategic planning and visioning for Jewish Life, and will share more information as plans take shape. For questions, contact Betsy Polk, director of Jewish life, at email@example.com.
March 12: Spring Parents Council meeting is canceled
Out of an abundance of caution, university leaders and the Office of Parent Engagement have decided to cancel the March 27-28 Parents Council meeting. Our team is working to develop an opportunity where the Parents Council can continue to engage with the University, which may include a virtual meeting at a later date. I will share more information as plans take shape.
We appreciate your support of Elon and hope that you won’t hesitate to reach out to our staff with questions.
Jozi Snowberger ’07
Senior Director of Parent Engagement
March 12: CAA cancels CAA Women's Basketball Championship, all spring sports competitions suspended
Due to recent developments in the progression of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Colonial Athletic Association has canceled the remainder of the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship, which began play March 11 at Schar Center on the Elon University campus.
In addition, the CAA is suspending competition for all spring sports until further notice, effective immediately. This includes all Elon Phoenix men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams competing this spring.
March 12: Life@Elon program suspended
Weekly classes for the Life@Elon program have been suspended until April 6.
Medical Information, Health and Hygiene
There is currently no vaccine for the novel coronavirus. However, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like coronavirus. They include:
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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 an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the novel (new) coronavirus?
According to the CDC, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, and the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus within that family. The CDC continues to find out more about COVID-19 and reported illnesses from the virus have ranged from mild to severe. The first person-to-person spread of COVID-19 was from travelers to Wuhan, China, and as of the beginning of March, there were close to 90,000 confirmed cases worldwide.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illnesses and death, according to the CDC. Symptoms of coronavirus may appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
How do coronaviruses spread?
The N.C. Division of Public Health notes that these viruses spread through:
- Coughing and sneezing,
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands,
- Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands.
I worry about getting coronavirus. Should I wear a facemask?
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from resipiratory diseases, including coronavirus. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
I am feeling sick. What should I do?
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus – fever, cough, and shortness of breath – and believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you should contact a medical provider.
Students should call Student Health Services before coming to visit – (336) 278-7230. For after hours care when Student Health Services is closed, students are advised to call the Emergency Department at the Cone Health/Alamance Regional Medical Center at (336) 538-7050. They will conduct some initial screening over the phone and will provide additional information about next steps.
Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider. For general questions during regular hours, faculty and staff can consult with Faculty/Staff Health & Wellness Clinic at (336) 278-5569.