Elon’s Healthy 2021-2022 academic year focuses on the well-being of the entire community. We are benefiting from last years’ experience of holding in-person classes and on-campus activities and operations. Now, with a vaccinated campus and the ability to pivot and adapt as conditions demand, we are taking steps to ensure a fully engaged, relationship-rich learning model on campus and beyond.
While the Omicron variant spreads rapidly and can lead to breakthrough cases (even in those with prior positives or initial vaccines without boosters), we are fortunate to have learned how to work together as a community, utilizing highly effective vaccines, masking and other mitigation measures. Most importantly, we now know that booster vaccines are extremely effective in protecting against serious illness, hospitalization and death.
The CDC and many health experts now have evidence that full vaccination should include a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot. Based on that guidance, Elon announces the following important steps for our community as we prepare for Winter Term and Spring Semester:
- All students are required to receive a booster vaccine and upload their documentation (please be sure to select “booster” from the drop-down menu) as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 31 (or within seven days of being eligible to receive the booster). All faculty and staff are also encouraged to get their booster as soon as possible.
- The undergraduate vaccination rate now exceeds 95 percent, with more than 90 percent of full-time faculty and staff vaccinated. We strongly recommend that those who are still eligible to be vaccinated do so immediately and submit their documentation.
- In an effort to protect the campus community, mitigate the spread of the virus and variants, and avoid disruptions in university academic programs and operations, all students, employees and visitors must continue to wear masks in indoor campus spaces (except when alone in a private office, in a residence hall/apartment room, or while eating or drinking).
- Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of free testing on campus.
- Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated (received their final dose and an additional 14 days have passed) and have not submitted vaccination documentation are required to wear masks in indoor campus spaces and participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
- Elon University School of Law is following the indoor mask requirement adopted by Guilford County.
- In addition to the extension of the indoor mask requirement, several other campus guidelines are in effect:
- Everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, should carry a mask at all times, and is encouraged to wear a mask any time they feel ill, are in crowded spaces, if they feel the need for extra protection, etc.
- All unvaccinated visitors and contractors must wear a mask in indoor campus spaces.
- Masks are not required outdoors, but may be advisable in large-group or crowded settings.
Elon University requires all students to provide documentation of being fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students).
Those who have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines can now receive a booster shot.
Arrival on Campus in August
New students will have an assigned move-in time on Friday, August 20. On arrival, all first-year and transfer students and families must report first to the central check-in at Schar Center to receive orientation materials. Students must show confirmation that they’ve submitted vaccination documents by pulling up Elon’s My Readiness portal on their smart phones.
Students who have not submitted their vaccination documentation or those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be required to be tested for the virus at Schar Center. Please read this notice about the use of masks and other COVID-19 policies related to move-in and orientation weekend.
(updated Monday-Friday mornings)
Campus vaccination status: As of Sept. 15, 2021, 96% of all students have been vaccinated and 91% of all full-time employees have been vaccinated.
*Daily New Cases Reported on Campus includes confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff, identified through campus testing or reported to the university by individuals or medical sources. This includes both symptomatic and non-symptomatic confirmed cases of those who were on campus during the period when they were contagious.
**Confirmed positive cases of students or employees who were on campus during a time of contagion and are currently complying with the CDC’s recommendations for a period of isolation
***On-Campus Testing includes all COVID-19 screening tests administered by the university during required weekly testing for non-vaccinated individuals, as well as symptomatic and asymptomatic tests administered by campus health personnel.
Note: As of Jan. 15, 2022, Alamance County Health Department data are only updated Monday-Friday. Weekend values of 0 on the chart do not represent true case counts for those days.