Recognizing the significant work faculty and staff completed in preparation teaching prior to the 2020-21 academic year, the purpose of this revised and abbreviated guide is to communicate information relating to courses and academic work for Winter and Spring 2022. As conditions continue to evolve over the course of the term, please continue to visit this page and the Healthy Elon website for the latest information.


Elon’s Educational Commitments

Relationship-rich experiences are the foundation of an Elon education, as they are at residential colleges and universities across the country. Interacting with faculty, staff and peers in an active and challenging community of learners – in and out of the classroom – is at the very heart of teaching and learning at Elon. Those relational experiences are what draw our students – and us – to be here.

In the 2020-21 academic year the COVID-19 pandemic challenged faculty and staff to re-imagine how they could continue to provide opportunities for engaged, inclusive, rigorous, and interactive education. Since the availability of vaccines started last spring, our faculty, staff and students have demonstrated high vaccination rates. We are conducting the 2021-22 academic year with an awareness of what we learned over the past two years and a commitment to offering in-person classes safely in compliance with CDC recommendations.


Support for Teaching and Learning

Elon University has received national distinction in teaching excellence. This is due to an institutional commitment to best practices in engaged learning and a reliance on the discretion, professional judgement, and creativity of excellent teaching faculty. Faculty are asked to continue to focus on helping students meet course and program goals and outcomes using engaged learning practices in the in-person learning environment. Faculty are encouraged to design a flexible approach best suited for their course learning goals, accounting for their own teaching styles, classroom assignments, curricular demands, and student needs, including equitable access to course materials and activities.

CATL, TLT, and Writing across the University will continue to provide consultations and resources for faculty planning courses and assignments for 2021-22. Additionally, the Flexible & Resilient Teaching website is an evolving online academic continuity planning guide to aid Elon faculty in the adaptation of course content for blended and remote learning during brief or long-term periods of disruption. The site includes pedagogical and technical guidance in one place, including ideas from other faculty.


Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodations & Accessibility

Can I still request an accommodation for COVID-19 purposes?

Standing health-related policies outlined in the Staff Manual and/or Faculty Handbook as related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) continue unchanged. The COVID-19 accommodation process has ended. Please visit the Human Resources web page for additional information on these policies.

How can I get student notetakers for my class?

If a class would benefit from regular notetaking or student learning accommodations require it, faculty are encouraged to ask students to serve as volunteer notetakers or to collaborate on a shared electronic document. See additional resources related to this topic.

Attendance & Absences

A student said they can’t attend class for two weeks due to travel quarantine. Is this true?

Students arriving into the United States from another country may have a mandatory isolation period. Depending on a student’s date of arrival, he or she could be absent in early classes. Global Education Center staff are working with international students to assist with their arrival processes.

At what duration of absences should I report a concern? Who should get this health concern?

Faculty are encouraged to report more than two absences without documentation or communication from the student via the E-Warning system.

  • E-Warning is an electronic notice set up for faculty to voluntarily report any students with excessive absences, missing quizzes, lack of class participation, and other academic focused concerns.
  • The E-Warning submission link is included to the right of students’ names on the class roster found in OnTrack. E-Warnings are sent to the student, the student’s academic advisor, and the reporting professor.

For concerns regarding student well-being (which may include academic concerns, mental health, significant academic distress, physical well-being, financial constraints, and social integration, among others), please share your concerns using the online Student Care and Outreach Referral form.

  • When shared, a staff member will consult with you on how best to reach out and support the student involved.
  • Additional information on how to support students in distress is available on the Student Care and Outreach website.

How are attendance policies for courses set? Should I take attendance?

In the 2021 fall semester, general attendance policies continue to be created at the discretion of schools, departments, and/or faculty. Individual faculty have the latitude to enact attendance policies as they are detailed within their course syllabi.

Within this purview, faculty are encouraged to take attendance in order to be aware of student absences that may indicate the need for an e-warning or a student care and outreach report, while still maintaining student health privacy and ensuring compliance with FERPA and other medical privacy laws.

For assessment purposes, schools/departments and individual faculty are encouraged to view attendance holistically—perhaps as “presence” or engagement—and as encompassing both physical attendance as well as other forms of participation and engagement in learning activities. Attendance policies also should acknowledge and plan for the possibility of students being required to quarantine because of COVID-19, including international students quarantining upon entering the country.

A process of notification has been developed to address continued academic engagement during potential illness and quarantine/self-isolation.

How should I accommodate students who say that they are not coming to class because they have symptoms?

  • Quarantine Support staff (part of the Dean of Students Office) will note students who are in quarantine or isolation on faculty members’ OnTrack class rosters. Additionally, Quarantine Support staff will email faculty members when students are placed in quarantine or isolation. Note: The length of quarantine may change as a student’s illness progresses.
  • Faculty members have autonomy in making decisions about how to best work with students who are ill, considering learning goals and outcomes for their courses.
  • Faculty are expected to continue to make themselves available virtually to meet with students who are absent due to quarantine or illness. Setting expectations for ongoing communication is beneficial to both faculty and students.
  • Generally, students with symptoms should contact Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or the Phoenix Health Portal to get tested and/or be seen by a medical provider. Faculty can direct students who feel ill to the Health and Wellness page for specific guidance, depending on the situation regarding symptoms, close contact with a positive case, and vaccination status (see guidance below).
  • Students may also contact Healthy Elon at 336-278-2020 or Healthy@Elon.edu for guidance.
  • Students are expected to stay in touch with their faculty members and take ownership of their own learning. Students should work proactively with their faculty members in addressing any concerns relating to attendance or illness. Students may need support in arranging for note-takers from among current classmates (as opposed to through Disabilities Resources) and/or accessing course materials during periods of absence.

Where can I find guidance for addressing class absences?

  • The Faculty Handbook provides information relating to class absences.
  • If your academic department/school has a centralized attendance policy, you may want to consult with your colleagues about whether adjustments to those policies are needed at this time.
  • Faculty can also point students to the Student Guide Related to Quarantine due to COVID-19 that provides some guidance.

Classes

What resources are available to support teaching during this time of increased flexibility in classroom instruction?  

  • Faculty may decide to use classroom technology to support virtual participation by students in quarantine/isolation. This may be particularly advantageous in discussion-based courses.
  • The Flexible & Resilient Teaching website: This website is an evolving online academic continuity planning guide to aid Elon faculty in the adaptation of course content for remote learning during brief or long-term periods of disruption. The site includes pedagogical and technical guidance, including ideas from other faculty.
  • Faculty can also request consultations from campus partners, such as the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (catl@elon.edu or 336-278-5100) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (request a consultation). Information Technology is available to support technology questions (www.elon.edu/itsupport or 336-278-5200).

Contact Tracing, Testing & Quarantine/Isolation

How are faculty and staff notified if a student in their class has been placed in quarantine?

Quarantine Support staff (part of the Dean of Students Office) will note students who are in quarantine or isolation on faculty members’ OnTrack class roster. Additionally, Quarantine Support staff will email faculty members when students are placed in quarantine or isolation. Note, length of quarantine may change as a student’s illness progresses.

How does a faculty member tell their class they aren’t feeling well/are self-isolating and need to teach online?

Faculty, staff, and students who are unwell should stay home and follow the instructions in the “If You Test Positive/Quarantine and Isolation” section of the Healthy Elon Health & Wellness page. Instructors should communicate with students about class instruction. Specific ways to address instruction will depend on the nature and severity of the illness. Faculty members needing assistance will coordinate support with their department chair. If canceling class, faculty members should notify their department chair. If a faculty member has been asked to quarantine by a physician or health department, they should follow the process outlined by on the Healthy Elon Health & Wellness page.

Should faculty or staff who are not on campus all semester (for example, faculty on sabbatical) but intend to be on campus, at least occasionally, take the university-provided COVID-19 testing?

All community members are encouraged to upload their vaccination documentation. Those who have not submitted vaccination documentation will be required to participate in regular testing. When on campus, all community members are expected to follow mask policies.

What are the expectations for working with students who must quarantine or isolate?

Faculty members will receive notification from the Dean of Students Office and on the OnTrack Class Roster when a student is placed in quarantine or isolation. Faculty members can then work with students on how to best complete coursework, just as would have been done pre-COVID in cases of extended illness. Keeping in mind that faculty and students need to collaborate in order to continue the learning process during quarantine/isolation, faculty members will share how they will work with the student, setting expectations for frequent communication, addressing pedagogical needs, and making adjustments in assignment due dates as needed. Faculty may decide to use classroom technology to support virtual participation by students in quarantine/isolation. This may be particularly advantageous in discussion-based courses.

Students who have a period of quarantine/isolation are expected to maintain regular contact with their faculty members.

What if I have had close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19?

A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes in a 24-hour period (cumulatively), during the time the person was contagious. The person is presumed to have been contagious for 48 hours before developing symptoms (or the date of the positive test) and for 5 days after the start of symptoms or the positive test.

    If you have close contact with someone who has COVID-19:

    • You do not have to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated, including your booster shot (if eligible), or if you had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 90 days. If you are not required to quarantine, you must wear a mask whenever you are around others and monitor your symptoms for 10 days.
    • You must quarantine for up to 5 days and wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days if you have not provided Elon with documentation of your vaccination and booster shot (if eligible), or have not given Elon confirmation of a COVID-19 diagnosis within the past 90 days. If you develop symptoms at any time during those 10 days, you are required to test for COVID-19.

    Read more about Elon’s quarantine and isolation protocols

    What if I test positive (including using rapid at-home tests)?

    In accordance with guidance from local and state officials, if you test positive for COVID-19:

    • You are required to isolate for 5 days regardless of symptoms or vaccination status, and then wear a mask at all times you are around others for 5 additional days.
    • Those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test may be given a PCR test to confirm presence of the virus and should isolate pending the outcome of the PCR test.
      • If your PCR test is positive, you may be released from isolation after 5 days if your symptoms are getting significantly better and you do not have a fever, but you should always continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • Those who have COVID-19 symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test are considered positive and do not need a PCR test.
      • You may be released from isolation after 5 days if your symptoms are getting significantly better and you do not have a fever, but you should always continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • At home, over-the-counter & off-campus tests: Individuals who test positive on an off-campus site or with a state-approved antigen at-home test are considered positive and do not need a PCR test. Please report your results to receive additional guidance:
      • Students: Contact Student Care & Outreach by emailing quarantine-support@elon.edu. Student Care & Outreach, Residence Life and Student Health Services will coordinate care, housing and health precautions.
      • Employees: Contact the Office of Human Resources at 336-278-5560 or hremployeecovid@elon.edu. Human Resources will also assist faculty and staff members through the process.

    What information does a student receive if they have been placed in quarantine?

    As part of the process, students who are required to quarantine will be instructed to contact their professors and work supervisors in order to identify ways to complete their coursework and cover work shifts while in quarantine. Students will also receive the following via email:

    Classes: Students who have tested positive (antigen or PCR, regardless of symptoms) or who are considered Close Contacts that are required to isolate/quarantine cannot attend class while in quarantine or isolation. However, they can continue participating in coursework. Faculty will receive a direct notification from Elon regarding your need for quarantine/isolate and you will also show up on their class roster as being in quarantine/isolation. Please connect with your professor immediately to ensure you are keeping up with work and that you are understanding the primary themes involved. Most faculty have regular office hours for a phone or virtual chat. If you have attempted to work with your faculty but have not received a response after a reasonable period, you are encouraged to communicate your needs with the chair of the department where the class is taking place.”

    What should I do if students ask me for Zoom access to my course while they are in quarantine?

    Guidance to students reminds them that instructors will take different approaches to supporting student learning during absences, due to different course learning outcomes or pedagogies.

    Faculty members have autonomy in making arrangements with their students to address learning goals and outcomes within the residential model of undergraduate education at Elon.

    When a student is sick or placed in quarantine or isolation, faculty members should reiterate their availability, how they will work with students to progress in the course, as well as expectations for the student to continue the learning process. It may also be helpful to reiterate any relevant information included in your syllabus that addresses missed classes due to COVID-19 symptoms and/or quarantine.

    Where can I find information on official student quarantine and isolation?

    Refreshing your OnTrack class rosters will give you the most updated information on students’ quarantine/isolation status. These pages are updated every hour.

    Policies & Procedures

    If I’m nervous about meeting with someone without wearing a mask, what can I do?

    Employees should always feel comfortable adding the extra protection of wearing their own mask. That’s the first and best step. Being honest also goes a long way. Saying something like, “I’m nervous about meeting unmasked, would you be willing to wear masks or meet outside?” is a good straightforward approach.

    Should an instructor require masks in their classroom as a syllabus policy?

    No. Classroom policies regarding masks should be consistent with university policies.

    Should an instructor require seating arrangements or group assignments based on student masking?

    Instructors should not develop classroom policies that differentiate between students based on face coverings, in terms of seating assignments, group assignments or other classroom practices.

    What is our Intellectual Property Policy?

    Although faculty may choose to supplement in-person instruction with online materials or videos, they are not required to do so. When posting written or recorded information, it is important for all members of our community be familiar with Elon’s Intellectual Property Policy.

    What is our policy on recording classes?

    Faculty are advised to address Elon’s policy on “Recording Video and Audio, Streaming Video and Audio, or Photography in Classes” in course syllabi and, if needed, during discuss of class expectations at the start of the semester. Additionally, as the existing policy states:

    “No matter what the course policy, recorded classes may not be used in any way that denigrates and/or decontextualizes the instructor or any student whose class remarks are recorded. Any information contained in the recorded class may not be posted, published or quoted without the express consent of the instructor or speaker, and if permission is granted, must be properly cited. All recordings of class lectures or discussions are to be erased at the end of the semester.”

    What pass-fail policies are in place for the 2021-22 academic year?

    There are no special pass-fail policies in place for 2021-22. Faculty should utilize the standard Faculty Handbook Grading System (X27V).

    Will faculty and staff have access to health-related information that affect a student’s or colleague’s masking?

    Faculty and staff will not have access to private information, such as vaccination status, medical history, health conditions, or religious beliefs, that may potentially affect a person’s ability to wear a mask. All members of the Elon community are expected to follow mask policies that are established by the institution with the understanding that, even when masks are not required, community members may choose to mask up.

    Resources & Support

    What if I am sick or feel ill (have respiratory symptoms)?

    Mask appropriately, stay away from others and get tested as soon as possible if you feel ill or have a cold or flu-like symptoms. Contact a medical professional for evaluation before returning to class or work and use Elon’s resources for additional support:

    • Students: Student Health Services offers symptomatic testing for all students by appointment only. Students can  schedule an appointment at Student Health Services or call 336-278-7230. Students who develop symptoms should isolate until they can be tested and are urged to schedule an appointment as early as possible after their symptoms develop. Student Health Services appointments may fill quickly, so it may be the next day before an appointment is available. Students who are experiencing these severe symptoms should seek medical attention immediately by calling 9-1-1.
    • Faculty and Staff: Contact your health care provider or the Faculty/Staff Wellness Clinic at 336-278-5569 to make an appointment. Contact Human Resources (HREmployeeCovid@elon.edu or 336-278-5560) and your supervisor/department chair to discuss how to ensure your care and privacy, as well as make work arrangements.
    • Work with your professor or supervisor regarding how to handle class or work absences.

    Students, faculty, staff or visitors who may need to access an off campus testing site can use the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ “Find My Testing Site” online tool. (Note: Use the university’s zip code – 27244.)

    Read more about resources Elon has in place if you test positive or need to quarantine

    What if I test positive (including using rapid at-home tests)?

    In accordance with guidance from local and state officials, if you test positive for COVID-19:

    • You are required to isolate for 5 days regardless of symptoms or vaccination status, and then wear a mask at all times you are around others for 5 additional days.
    • Those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test may be given a PCR test to confirm presence of the virus and should isolate pending the outcome of the PCR test.
      • If your PCR test is positive, you may be released from isolation after 5 days if your symptoms are getting significantly better and you do not have a fever, but you should always continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • Those who have COVID-19 symptoms and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test are considered positive and do not need a PCR test.
      • You may be released from isolation after 5 days if your symptoms are getting significantly better and you do not have a fever, but you should always continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • At home, over-the-counter & off-campus tests: Individuals who test positive on an off-campus site or with a state-approved antigen at-home test are considered positive and do not need a PCR test. Please report your results to receive additional guidance:
      • Students: Contact Student Care & Outreach by emailing quarantine-support@elon.edu. Student Care & Outreach, Residence Life and Student Health Services will coordinate care, housing and health precautions.
      • Employees: Contact the Office of Human Resources at 336-278-5560 or hremployeecovid@elon.edu. Human Resources will also assist faculty and staff members through the process.

    What resources are available to help employees with child and eldercare concerns?

    In-person instruction is the expected norm for this academic year. Faculty members who experience challenges relating to childcare or illness of family members should work closely with their department chairs to maintain high-quality instruction and availability to students.

    In addition, all employees looking for assistance identifying childcare options may contact the Elon University Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through MYgroup. You may contact the EAP via phone at (800) 633-3353 to request a list or use the online Child Care Provider Locator. To access the locator, click on the My Portal Login tab and then the Work-Life tab to sign in (Note: Sign-in information is available on the MYgroup EAP Flyer). Click on the parenting tab and then the childcare tab. From there, you can click on the “Locate Providers” link, where you will be able to search for childcare options by location and type.

    The Alamance County Community YMCA also offers after school and holiday camps.  Elon employees receive a discount on YMCA memberships. Please visit the YMCA website for more information.

    What resources are available to support teaching during this time of increased flexibility in classroom instruction?  

    • Faculty may decide to use classroom technology to support virtual participation by students in quarantine/isolation. This may be particularly advantageous in discussion-based courses.
    • The Flexible & Resilient Teaching website: This website is an evolving online academic continuity planning guide to aid Elon faculty in the adaptation of course content for remote learning during brief or long-term periods of disruption. The site includes pedagogical and technical guidance, including ideas from other faculty.
    • Faculty can also request consultations from campus partners, such as the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (catl@elon.edu or 336-278-5100) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (request a consultation). Information Technology is available to support technology questions (www.elon.edu/itsupport or 336-278-5200).

    Will Elon continue providing information to the community about the pandemic during the 2021-22 academic year?

    Yes. Vice President for Student Life, Dr. Jon Dooley, will continue to send weekly campus email updates, including campus guidelines, policies, and information from local officials and three campus teams that continue to meet (The Healthy Elon Committee, Infectious Disease Response Team, and Data Team). Updates are also posted regularly to the Healthy Elon website, which includes our public COVID dashboard (updated weekly), social media channels, Today at Elon, and direct communications to help keep our Elon community informed, safe and healthy.

    Teaching & Learning

    Can an instructor shift to remote instruction based on requests from students?

    We are returning to in-person instruction for all classes during Fall 2021. Instructors should not adjust to remote instruction for courses based on requests from students.

    If remote instruction is needed due to illness of the faculty member, individuals should work closely with their department chair. In cases where the faculty member has a confirmed, positive Covid-19 test, they should also follow the process outlined on the Healthy Elon Health & Wellness page.

    Has the grading system for the 2021-22 been modified?

    No. Courses taught in 2021-22 should utilize the standard Faculty Handbook Grading System (X27V).

    How can I get student notetakers for my class?

    If a class would benefit from regular notetaking or student learning accommodations require it, faculty are encouraged to ask students to serve as volunteer notetakers or to collaborate on a shared electronic document. See additional resources related to this topic.

    How does a faculty member tell their class they aren’t feeling well/are self-isolating and need to teach online?

    Faculty, staff, and students who are unwell should stay home and follow the instructions in the “If You Test Positive/Quarantine and Isolation” section of the Healthy Elon Health & Wellness page. Instructors should communicate with students about class instruction. Specific ways to address instruction will depend on the nature and severity of the illness. Faculty members needing assistance will coordinate support with their department chair. If canceling class, faculty members should notify their department chair. If a faculty member has been asked to quarantine by a physician or health department, they should follow the process outlined by on the Healthy Elon Health & Wellness page.

    How should I communicate expectations for continued instruction/learning during illness or quarantine with my students?

    • Faculty members have autonomy in making decisions about how to best work with students who are ill, considering learning goals and outcomes for their courses.
    • Faculty are encouraged to provide information in their syllabi that clarifies how they will continue to work with students who are ill or in quarantine, and to review it with students early (preferably at the start of the course) and often (reminding students weekly of how absences will be handled). Such information may include:
      • When and how faculty are available via email or virtual interactions
      • How ill/quarantined students should access learning materials and resources (lecture notes, in class activities, etc.)
      • The extent to which Zoom or other options will be offered, and under what circumstances, for those who are in quarantine/ill
    • Faculty are expected to continue to make themselves available virtually to meet with students who are absent due to quarantine or illness. Setting expectations for ongoing communication is beneficial to both faculty and students.

    I often move furniture in my classroom for learning goals. How will classrooms be set up? Can I still do this?

    Yes, faculty members can move furniture in the classrooms to support learning goals, but faculty should remember to reposition furniture upon the completion of class. Classroom furniture has been reset this year to meet industry standards. Moving furniture from planned layouts is not required for physical distancing.

    Should I continue using online assignments and exams?

    While online assignments and exams continue to be flexible options for many courses, faculty members should design assessments that best evaluate student progress on reaching learning goals and outcomes. Moodle Safe Exam Browser allows instructors to lock-down the testing environment.

    What pass-fail policies are in place for the 2021-22 academic year?

    There are no special pass-fail policies in place for 2021-22. Faculty should utilize the standard Faculty Handbook Grading System (X27V).

    What resources are available to support teaching during this time of increased flexibility in classroom instruction?  

    • Faculty may decide to use classroom technology to support virtual participation by students in quarantine/isolation. This may be particularly advantageous in discussion-based courses.
    • The Flexible & Resilient Teaching website: This website is an evolving online academic continuity planning guide to aid Elon faculty in the adaptation of course content for remote learning during brief or long-term periods of disruption. The site includes pedagogical and technical guidance, including ideas from other faculty.
    • Faculty can also request consultations from campus partners, such as the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (catl@elon.edu or 336-278-5100) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (request a consultation). Information Technology is available to support technology questions (www.elon.edu/itsupport or 336-278-5200).

    What technology is available in my classroom?

    25Live provides detailed classroom information, including available technology and seating capacities. The cameras and microphones previously installed in classrooms remain, and faculty have complete control of video and audio in each space to bring in guest speakers, record class, or broadcast live using their Zoom, Teams, or WebEx accounts.

    Where can I find information on faculty office hours and advising?

    Office hours (X33N) and academic advising (X23C) support the relational components of our educational approach and appear in the Responsibilities for Teaching Faculty section of the Faculty Handbook. As you plan your courses for the 2021 fall semester, please include information on your syllabi detailing how students should expect to have these interactions and instructions for making appointments.

    Will classrooms have cleaning supplies? Will there be hand sanitizing stations on campus? How often will classrooms be cleaned?

    Each classroom will have a sanitation station with cleaning products provided near the entrance to the room. Hand sanitizing supplies will be available on campus. Facilities management cleans classrooms daily.

    Spring Term

    How are faculty and staff notified if a student in their class has been placed in quarantine?

    Quarantine Support staff (part of the Dean of Students Office) will note students who are in quarantine or isolation on faculty members’ OnTrack class roster. Additionally, Quarantine Support staff will email faculty members when students are placed in quarantine or isolation. Note, length of quarantine may change as a student’s illness progresses.

    How should I accommodate students who say that they are not coming to class because they have symptoms?

    • Quarantine Support staff (part of the Dean of Students Office) will note students who are in quarantine or isolation on faculty members’ OnTrack class rosters. Additionally, Quarantine Support staff will email faculty members when students are placed in quarantine or isolation. Note: The length of quarantine may change as a student’s illness progresses.
    • Faculty members have autonomy in making decisions about how to best work with students who are ill, considering learning goals and outcomes for their courses.
    • Faculty are expected to continue to make themselves available virtually to meet with students who are absent due to quarantine or illness. Setting expectations for ongoing communication is beneficial to both faculty and students.
    • Generally, students with symptoms should contact Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or the Phoenix Health Portal to get tested and/or be seen by a medical provider. Faculty can direct students who feel ill to the Health and Wellness page for specific guidance, depending on the situation regarding symptoms, close contact with a positive case, and vaccination status (see guidance below).
    • Students may also contact Healthy Elon at 336-278-2020 or Healthy@Elon.edu for guidance.
    • Students are expected to stay in touch with their faculty members and take ownership of their own learning. Students should work proactively with their faculty members in addressing any concerns relating to attendance or illness. Students may need support in arranging for note-takers from among current classmates (as opposed to through Disabilities Resources) and/or accessing course materials during periods of absence.

    How should I communicate expectations for continued instruction/learning during illness or quarantine with my students?

    • Faculty members have autonomy in making decisions about how to best work with students who are ill, considering learning goals and outcomes for their courses.
    • Faculty are encouraged to provide information in their syllabi that clarifies how they will continue to work with students who are ill or in quarantine, and to review it with students early (preferably at the start of the course) and often (reminding students weekly of how absences will be handled). Such information may include:
      • When and how faculty are available via email or virtual interactions
      • How ill/quarantined students should access learning materials and resources (lecture notes, in class activities, etc.)
      • The extent to which Zoom or other options will be offered, and under what circumstances, for those who are in quarantine/ill
    • Faculty are expected to continue to make themselves available virtually to meet with students who are absent due to quarantine or illness. Setting expectations for ongoing communication is beneficial to both faculty and students.

    What are the expectations for working with students who must quarantine or isolate?

    Faculty members will receive notification from the Dean of Students Office and on the OnTrack Class Roster when a student is placed in quarantine or isolation. Faculty members can then work with students on how to best complete coursework, just as would have been done pre-COVID in cases of extended illness. Keeping in mind that faculty and students need to collaborate in order to continue the learning process during quarantine/isolation, faculty members will share how they will work with the student, setting expectations for frequent communication, addressing pedagogical needs, and making adjustments in assignment due dates as needed. Faculty may decide to use classroom technology to support virtual participation by students in quarantine/isolation. This may be particularly advantageous in discussion-based courses.

    Students who have a period of quarantine/isolation are expected to maintain regular contact with their faculty members.

    What resources are available to support teaching during this time of increased flexibility in classroom instruction?  

    • Faculty may decide to use classroom technology to support virtual participation by students in quarantine/isolation. This may be particularly advantageous in discussion-based courses.
    • The Flexible & Resilient Teaching website: This website is an evolving online academic continuity planning guide to aid Elon faculty in the adaptation of course content for remote learning during brief or long-term periods of disruption. The site includes pedagogical and technical guidance, including ideas from other faculty.
    • Faculty can also request consultations from campus partners, such as the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (catl@elon.edu or 336-278-5100) and Teaching and Learning Technologies (request a consultation). Information Technology is available to support technology questions (www.elon.edu/itsupport or 336-278-5200).

    What should I do if students ask me for Zoom access to my course while they are in quarantine?

    Guidance to students reminds them that instructors will take different approaches to supporting student learning during absences, due to different course learning outcomes or pedagogies.

    Faculty members have autonomy in making arrangements with their students to address learning goals and outcomes within the residential model of undergraduate education at Elon.

    When a student is sick or placed in quarantine or isolation, faculty members should reiterate their availability, how they will work with students to progress in the course, as well as expectations for the student to continue the learning process. It may also be helpful to reiterate any relevant information included in your syllabus that addresses missed classes due to COVID-19 symptoms and/or quarantine.