Accommodations & Accessibility

Can students also wear face shields instead of cloth face covering?

Only students with accommodations approved by Disability Resources are allowed to wear face shields in lieu of a cloth face covering.

How do I request to wear a face shield instead of a mask?

Students or faculty who are unable to wear cloth face coverings due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability may wear an alternate face covering, such as a shield, and always maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance. Students who require accommodations must be registered with Disabilities Resources and contact Disabilities Resources (disabilities@elon.edu) for next steps. Employees can request a medical accommodation for a university-provided face shield through Human Resources.

Additionally, deans may grant a waiver to allow face shields in lieu of cloth face coverings for students and faculty in a specific class if requested by the faculty member and necessary to meet the curricular requirements of the course (e.g., theatre, voice, language instruction, etc.). In those classes, a minimum six-foot physical distance must be always maintained. If you have specific questions about this face-covering policy, please reach out to your dean, supervisor or Human Resources.

Campus Operations

Are visitors, guest speakers, etc. allowed on campus? What is my responsibility if I am hosting a visitor?

Yes. Students, faculty and staff who host visitors, guest speakers and other people from off-campus on campus and in campus facilities are responsible for communicating campus guidelines. While masks are required for everyone in campus facilities, hosts must ensure all visitors wear masks in campus indoor spaces. When masks are no longer required indoors for those who are vaccinated, hosts must ensure all visitors who are unvaccinated wear masks in indoor campus spaces.

What happens if cases of COVID-19 infections begin to rise on campus?

As we did last year, the Healthy Elon Committee (formerly R&R), Data Team, and Infectious Disease Response Team will be meeting regularly and monitoring the number of positive cases among students, faculty, staff, and in the local community and state. We are also in contact with data and medical experts from Cone Health, the County Health Department, and NCDHHS. If conditions warrant, we will consider utilizing the wide range of tools, policies, and procedures we used this past year on campus.

Contact Tracing, Testing & Quarantine/Isolation

How will quarantine and isolation be managed during the fall semester?

Those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test may be given a PCR test to confirm presence of the virus, and will be advised to isolate pending the outcome of the PCR test. Those with a negative PCR test result will be released from isolation; those with a positive PCR result will be required by the county health department to undergo a period of isolation. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test are considered positive and do not need a PCR test. They will be required to undergo a period of isolation.

  • Students: Student Care & Outreach, Residence Life and Student Health Services will coordinate care, housing and health precautions. Report positive off-campus tests to Student Care & Outreach by emailing quarantine-support@elon.edu.
  • Employees: Contact the Office of Human Resources at 336-278-5560 for guidance and to report positive test results. For faculty and staff, primary care providers and the county health department will direct the isolation/quarantine process. Human Resources will also assist faculty and staff members through the process.

I’ve had COVID in the past, can I submit an antibody test?

Submission of an antibody test does not exempt anyone from vaccination or weekly testing. The commercially available antibody tests are only useful in that they show that someone has had COVID-19. They do not show which variant of COVID-19, the level of immunity (i.e., adequate or not) or the presence or absence of neutralizing antibodies which are more important in immunity against COVID-19 than IgG and IgM antibodies.

I’ve tested positive in the past 90 days and am unvaccinated, do I need to still test and wear a mask?

If you are unvaccinated and submit proof of a positive test in the past 90 days, you do not need to test weekly until the 90 days have passed. You will still need to abide by the mask policy because of your unvaccinated status.

NEW Is Elon conducting contact tracing?

Yes. If a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, the university will notify their close contacts in accordance with its contact tracing protocol. Information about the infected person’s name or identity will not be shared with their close contacts. This information is confidential and will remain private.

What are the testing requirements if I had a positive case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days?

If you are required to test on campus but have had a positive case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days, make sure you have reported the positive case (see bullets below) so you will be exempted from testing for 90 days after your positive case.

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

As part of Elon’s contact tracing protocols, students, faculty and staff who test positive are asked by quarantine staff to share names and contact information of any individual at Elon who may have been exposed during the period when the individual was contagious. You are considered a close contact if you have been within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes in a 24-hour period (cumulatively) or have been exposed to respiratory secretions of a person with COVID-19.

  • Vaccinated individuals who have been a close contact of a positive case but do not have symptoms not directed to quarantine but are required to mask and monitor symptoms for 14 days.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who have been a close contact of a positive case will be required to quarantine for up to 14 days after last contact as determined by health care professional and guidelines from health officials, and should consult with their primary care provider.
    • Students: Contact Student Care & Outreach by emailing quarantine-support@elon.edu.
    • Employees: Contact Human Resources and supervisor/department chair.

What if I test positive?

Those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test may be given a PCR test to confirm presence of the virus, and will be advised to isolate pending the outcome of the PCR test. Those with a negative PCR test result will be released from isolation; those with a positive PCR result will be required by the county health department to undergo a period of isolation.

Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test are considered positive and do not need a PCR test. They will be required to undergo a period of isolation.

  • Students: Student Care & Outreach, Residence Life and Student Health Services will coordinate care, housing and health precautions.
    At home, over-the-counter, & off-campus tests: Students who test positive with an over-the-counter or at-home COVID test are required to attend symptomatic, walk-in testing in Student Health Services to verify the test. Report positive test results from an off-campus testing facility or over-the-counter/at-home test results to Student Care & Outreach by emailing quarantine-support@elon.edu.
  • Employees: Contact the Office of Human Resources at 336-278-5560 for guidance and to report positive test results. Primary care providers and the county health department will direct the isolation/quarantine process. Human Resources will also assist faculty and staff members through the process.

Health & Wellness Protocols

NEW Is Elon conducting contact tracing?

Yes. If a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, the university will notify their close contacts in accordance with its contact tracing protocol. Information about the infected person’s name or identity will not be shared with their close contacts. This information is confidential and will remain private.

Policies & Procedures

NEW Am I still considered 'fully vaccinated' if I don’t get a booster shot?

Yes. The CDC has not changed recommendations or guidelines for being considered fully vaccinated. Those who are two weeks past their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks past a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are still considered fully vaccinated according to the current CDC guidelines.

I’ve tested positive in the past 90 days and am unvaccinated, do I need to still test and wear a mask?

If you are unvaccinated and submit proof of a positive test in the past 90 days, you do not need to test weekly until the 90 days have passed. You will still need to abide by the mask policy because of your unvaccinated status.

Resources & Support

How do I request to wear a face shield instead of a mask?

Students or faculty who are unable to wear cloth face coverings due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability may wear an alternate face covering, such as a shield, and always maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance. Students who require accommodations must be registered with Disabilities Resources and contact Disabilities Resources (disabilities@elon.edu) for next steps. Employees can request a medical accommodation for a university-provided face shield through Human Resources.

Additionally, deans may grant a waiver to allow face shields in lieu of cloth face coverings for students and faculty in a specific class if requested by the faculty member and necessary to meet the curricular requirements of the course (e.g., theatre, voice, language instruction, etc.). In those classes, a minimum six-foot physical distance must be always maintained. If you have specific questions about this face-covering policy, please reach out to your dean, supervisor or Human Resources.

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

Those experiencing symptoms are encouraged to wear masks if attending class or meetings on campus. Because variants can present differently, it is encouraged that those feeling ill or experiencing cold or flu symptoms, wear a mask, distance from others and contact a medical professional for evaluation before returning to class or work:

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.)

What if I test positive?

Those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test may be given a PCR test to confirm presence of the virus, and will be advised to isolate pending the outcome of the PCR test. Those with a negative PCR test result will be released from isolation; those with a positive PCR result will be required by the county health department to undergo a period of isolation.

Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test are considered positive and do not need a PCR test. They will be required to undergo a period of isolation.

  • Students: Student Care & Outreach, Residence Life and Student Health Services will coordinate care, housing and health precautions.
    At home, over-the-counter, & off-campus tests: Students who test positive with an over-the-counter or at-home COVID test are required to attend symptomatic, walk-in testing in Student Health Services to verify the test. Report positive test results from an off-campus testing facility or over-the-counter/at-home test results to Student Care & Outreach by emailing quarantine-support@elon.edu.
  • Employees: Contact the Office of Human Resources at 336-278-5560 for guidance and to report positive test results. Primary care providers and the county health department will direct the isolation/quarantine process. Human Resources will also assist faculty and staff members through the process.

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.

Vaccination

NEW Am I still considered 'fully vaccinated' if I don’t get a booster shot?

Yes. The CDC has not changed recommendations or guidelines for being considered fully vaccinated. Those who are two weeks past their second dose of a 2-dose vaccine (e.g. Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks past a single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are still considered fully vaccinated according to the current CDC guidelines.

NEW Can I get a booster if I received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson?

Booster vaccines are not currently available for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We expect these approvals to come later this fall.

NEW Can I get a flu shot at the same time I get a booster or do I need to get them separately?

Current recommendations are that patients may either receive a flu shot and booster at the same time or at least two weeks apart. Elon will not be able to host a booster vaccine clinic until November. Flu shots are currently available on campus:

Do I have to get vaccinated if I am studying abroad or studying away?

Yes. All students earning Elon University academic credit at any location must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to remain enrolled.

How do I apply for a COVID-19 vaccine exemption?

Students may apply for an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious reasons. Information can be found here. To apply for an exemption, students must complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form, submit the required documentation, and sign the notice of risks and requirements form. Testing and masking requirements for those who are unvaccinated will be determined by CDC guidance and announced prior to fall semester.

NEW How do I work out transportation to get to a vaccination site?

Students seeking transportation to a vaccine site may reserve an UberHealth vehicle (the cost will be added to a student’s bill).

How do international students and others who have not had access to FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines meet Elon’s vaccination requirement?

International students who have received vaccines other than the USA FDA-authorized vaccines should submit their documentation. International students may meet Elon’s vaccination requirement by receiving any vaccine that has been granted Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization. Students whose vaccines have not received WHO approval must be revaccinated in the United States to meet this requirement and follow all university health and safety measures.

How will students, faculty, or staff with an approved exemption be treated on campus?

Elon will continue to create a culture of respect for every individual, and vaccine status is not shared on campus. We ask everyone to understand that each individual has different experiences, family and medical situations, and feelings as we navigate this process.

NEW I lost my vaccination card. How do I get a new one?

The CDC lists contact information for all 50 states’ Immunization Information Systems online. Browse this list to contact your state about obtaining a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination records after verifying some personal information. Some private off-campus testing sites and pharmacies are also able to provide you with a replacement card.

NEW Should I notify Elon about receiving my booster?

Yes. Bring your vaccination card with you when you receive your booster so it can be updated. If you do not have your card, a new one will be provided to you. After you receive the shot, use Elon’s vaccination portal to upload your documentation — this capability should be available after Fall Break. This will allow the university to continue to assess the COVID infection rates in the community and will verify your booster status if the additional shot is required in the future.

What are the penalties if I do not follow current policies related to health and safety?

Non-compliance with Elon’s policies is considered a violation of the university’s Honor Code and may result in a variety of disciplinary actions as outlined in university policies and handbooks. This includes, but is not limited to fines, Phoenix Card deactivation, removal from campus housing, removal from Elon classes and/or programs or removal from the Elon campus community.

What arrangements is Elon making for international students who cannot get vaccinated?

While we expect international students to make every effort to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement prior to their arrival on campus, we understand that some students face unique challenges due to vaccine accessibility in their home country. For those students, Elon will provide assistance in arranging vaccination upon arrival on campus. Elon will follow CDC and state health official guidance about safety measures that international students may need to follow until they are fully vaccinated. Details will be communicated directly to international students by Elon’s Global Education Center.

NEW Where can I get a booster?

There is ample supply of boosters across the state for those who are 12 and older. Visit myspot.nc.gov to find a Pfizer COVID-19 booster.

Where can I get a vaccine?

Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff should access widely available vaccination resources in their location as soon as possible. Information on getting vaccinated is available at vaccines.gov.

Which vaccines are accepted and how do I submit documentation to the university?

Elon accepts COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This currently includes the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Johnson & Johnson. Elon will expand its list of accepted vaccines as they receive FDA approval. Students should use this link and follow instructions to submit their documentation. (requires university log-in)

International students who have received vaccines other than the USA FDA-authorized vaccines should submit their documentation. International students may meet Elon’s vaccination requirement by receiving any vaccine that has been granted Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization. Students whose vaccines have not received WHO approval must be revaccinated in the United States to meet this requirement and follow all campus health and safety requirements.

UPDATED Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster dose?

Please see the “Who is Eligible” section on our Vaccination Central page for eligibility details.

Why has Elon adopted a student vaccination requirement?

Elon is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and other health officials and experts. For the protection of students, their friends and family, and all others who work on and visit the Elon campus, the CDC recommends a fully vaccinated campus.

Will Elon also have a Flu vaccine requirement?

As was the case for the 2020-21 academic year, all students will be required to receive and share proof of the annual influenza vaccine, or receive a medical/religious exemption, during Fall Semester 2021. The deadline date to receive the flu vaccine or exemption is Friday, Oct. 29. You can read more about this requirement, as well as information about on-campus clinics, here.

Will Elon assign roommates based on vaccination status?

No. Elon’s non-discrimination policy guides our assignment of roommates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of North Carolina, removed restrictions for masking and distancing for those who are fully vaccinated because a vaccinated person on campus – no matter who they live with – has:

  1. Minimal risk of contracting a breakthrough or symptomatic case of the virus.
  2. Minimal risk of transmitting the virus to others.

As the CDC has shared, “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.”

*Any student needing a housing accommodation for health reasons may contact Disabilities Resources and Residence Life about applying for a medical accommodation.

NEW Will Elon host booster vaccine clinics?

The university is working to be able to host booster vaccine clinics in November. In the meantime, students, faculty and staff can visit myspot.nc.gov to find a Pfizer COVID-19 booster in the area.

Will Elon require visitors, prospective students and their families, vendors and contractors to be vaccinated?

Elon will not require those who are on campus for a short period of time to be vaccinated. However, those who are unvaccinated must comply with current campus policies related to health and safety measures, including wearing masks.