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?

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.

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.

NEW What happens if my roommate tests positive?

As quickly as possible, Elon’s quarantine support staff will contact students who share a room with students who test positive. When there are a substantial number of positive cases in a day, staff will prioritize contacting positive students, followed by close contacts. Given the quick information students receive about test results, many students may find out their roommate has tested positive before the university is able to speak with them directly. A few key things to know if your roommate tests positive:

  • Keep in mind that by the time your roommate tested positive you have already been exposed.
  • If you are not vaccinated, (or boosted, if eligible), you will be assigned to quarantine, so you should remain in your room and await instructions from the university quarantine support staff.
  • If you are vaccinated (and boosted, if eligible) and have no symptoms, you do not have to be quarantined, but should wear a mask whenever you are around others. If you are asymptomatic, you should get tested at the McCoy Commons five days after exposure. If you develop symptoms at any time, you should test as soon as possible at the Ellington Center.

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.

    Health & Wellness Protocols

    NEW Can a member of the Elon community on their own, require others to wear face coverings in their room, classroom or office? 

    The campus policy does not allow individuals to require others to wear masks. You may encourage others to wear face coverings, but you may not require them to do so.

    We ask the campus community to be respectful and honor requests to wear a mask and assist others on campus to protect themselves. If you are asked to wear a mask, the easiest thing to do is support the person making the request.

    The only areas where masking is required are Student Health Services, Faculty-Staff Wellness Clinic, the asymptomatic testing center in McCoy Commons, and Health Sciences medical outreach programs.

    NEW Does Elon no longer care about those with specific health conditions? 

    Elon understands and is compassionate to the fact that this disease impacts every individual differently. The committee and community have worked hard to respond to each of these unique situations as they have arisen. Human Resources is ready to meet to determine how to be helpful during this transition.

    Our campus’ high level of vaccinations and boosters, normalization and support of mask wearing, highest possible levels of ventilation in campus buildings, campus testing, and more are in direct support of those who are immunocompromised or have family members with specific health conditions.

    High vaccination/booster rates combined with decreased risk of infection actually enable us to follow the science and guidance again to reduce restrictions for a majority of the campus and still support those with additional health concerns.

    The additional effectiveness of one-way masking (particularly with high quality N95 and KN95 masks) also means that those with additional health concerns can use an additional layer of protection, even if others are not masking. The university has shared that everyone should continue to keep a mask with them at all times and that everyone should feel supported and respected for making the personal choice to wear a mask.

    How long should I wait after a positive test result to get my booster? 

    Check with your physician. In most cases, you can get a booster as soon as you have been released from quarantine or isolation.

    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.

    NEW What continuing mitigation measures is Elon using?  

    • Offering vaccinations and boosters, including on campus clinics
    • Offering weekly testing for all students, faculty, staff who are not up to date with their booster
    • Offering free asymptomatic testing, as well as symptomatic testing on campus
    • Maintaining the highest levels of ventilation and filtration in campus buildings
    • Offering Support and respect for everyone to make the personal choice to wear a mask on campus to protect themselves and their loved ones
    • Requiring masking in Student Health Services, Faculty-Staff Wellness Clinic, the asymptomatic testing center in McCoy Commons and Health Sciences medical outreach programs
    • Supporting Quarantine Support for students and Human Resources for staff and faculty for all who test positive or are close contacts, including case investigation and quarantine/isolation staff for students
    • Offering free N-95 and KN-95 masks at Moseley Center front desk

    NEW What do I do if someone asks me to take my mask off? 

    Elon University supports everyone to make the personal choice to wear a mask. Everyone making this choice should be shown respect and understanding for making that choice to protect themselves and/or their loved ones.

    NEW What do I do if someone asks me to wear a mask? 

    We ask the campus community to be respectful and honor requests to wear a mask and assist others on campus to protect themselves. If you are asked to wear a mask, the easiest thing to do is support the person making the request.

    What is Elon doing about ventilation? 

    Throughout the pandemic, the university has followed the CDC recommendations for improving ventilation in buildings as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy. Facilities Management staff have increased the ventilation to the maximum possible level in all university facilities and have installed the highest rated filters within HVAC systems. These two measures minimize the already very low risk of COVID-19 transmission through the heating and cooling systems.

    NEW What mask should I wear? 

    With the highly transmissible virus, it is important that you use a high-quality, well-fitting mask and wear it indoors and any time you’re around groups of people. See the CDC recommendations on masks updated on Jan. 14, 2022.

    At the minimum for everyday wear — when you have no symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection (runny nose, cough, stuffy nose, sneezing, with or without fever) — wear a mask that:

    • Completely covers your nose and mouth
    • Has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
    • Fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps.

    NEW Why has Elon shifted to a mask optional policy? 

    Throughout the pandemic, Elon has followed the science and the recommendations of local, state, and federal health experts. Public health officials have stated there is now a significantly lowered risk of COVID-19 infection based on decreases across all health metrics (cases, severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths) combined with Elon’s high vaccination and booster rates and the prevalence of treatments.

    Up to date vaccinations (boosters) have now become the main mitigation measure, as opposed to masks, to fight spread of the virus, and community-level mask requirements are no longer necessary. Similarly, cases on campus have dropped precipitously, even as students, faculty, and staff continue to test on campus.

    The university endorses that everyone can make their own personal choices about wearing masks and should feel supported and respected in choosing to wear a mask to protect themselves and their loved ones. Those who have not received their vaccination and booster, who are at elevated risk, or who have family members at risk are strongly encouraged to continue the use of masks indoors.

    Policies & Procedures

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

    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.

    However, Elon is requiring all students to receive a booster vaccine and upload their documentation as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 31 (or within seven days of being eligible to receive the booster). Faculty and staff are strongly recommended to get a booster as soon as possible.

    How does my Elon-approved medical or religious COVID vaccine exemption relate to the booster requirement?

    Previously approved medical or religious exemptions will remain in effect for the booster vaccination. No further action is necessary by those who have an approved exemption.

    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 What continuing mitigation measures is Elon using?  

    • Offering vaccinations and boosters, including on campus clinics
    • Offering weekly testing for all students, faculty, staff who are not up to date with their booster
    • Offering free asymptomatic testing, as well as symptomatic testing on campus
    • Maintaining the highest levels of ventilation and filtration in campus buildings
    • Offering Support and respect for everyone to make the personal choice to wear a mask on campus to protect themselves and their loved ones
    • Requiring masking in Student Health Services, Faculty-Staff Wellness Clinic, the asymptomatic testing center in McCoy Commons and Health Sciences medical outreach programs
    • Supporting Quarantine Support for students and Human Resources for staff and faculty for all who test positive or are close contacts, including case investigation and quarantine/isolation staff for students
    • Offering free N-95 and KN-95 masks at Moseley Center front desk

    What is Elon doing about ventilation? 

    Throughout the pandemic, the university has followed the CDC recommendations for improving ventilation in buildings as a COVID-19 mitigation strategy. Facilities Management staff have increased the ventilation to the maximum possible level in all university facilities and have installed the highest rated filters within HVAC systems. These two measures minimize the already very low risk of COVID-19 transmission through the heating and cooling systems.

    NEW Why has Elon shifted to a mask optional policy? 

    Throughout the pandemic, Elon has followed the science and the recommendations of local, state, and federal health experts. Public health officials have stated there is now a significantly lowered risk of COVID-19 infection based on decreases across all health metrics (cases, severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths) combined with Elon’s high vaccination and booster rates and the prevalence of treatments.

    Up to date vaccinations (boosters) have now become the main mitigation measure, as opposed to masks, to fight spread of the virus, and community-level mask requirements are no longer necessary. Similarly, cases on campus have dropped precipitously, even as students, faculty, and staff continue to test on campus.

    The university endorses that everyone can make their own personal choices about wearing masks and should feel supported and respected in choosing to wear a mask to protect themselves and their loved ones. Those who have not received their vaccination and booster, who are at elevated risk, or who have family members at risk are strongly encouraged to continue the use of masks indoors.

    Resources & Support

    NEW What continuing mitigation measures is Elon using?  

    • Offering vaccinations and boosters, including on campus clinics
    • Offering weekly testing for all students, faculty, staff who are not up to date with their booster
    • Offering free asymptomatic testing, as well as symptomatic testing on campus
    • Maintaining the highest levels of ventilation and filtration in campus buildings
    • Offering Support and respect for everyone to make the personal choice to wear a mask on campus to protect themselves and their loved ones
    • Requiring masking in Student Health Services, Faculty-Staff Wellness Clinic, the asymptomatic testing center in McCoy Commons and Health Sciences medical outreach programs
    • Supporting Quarantine Support for students and Human Resources for staff and faculty for all who test positive or are close contacts, including case investigation and quarantine/isolation staff for students
    • Offering free N-95 and KN-95 masks at Moseley Center front desk

    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.

    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 and Boosters

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

    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.

    However, Elon is requiring all students to receive a booster vaccine and upload their documentation as soon as possible and no later than Jan. 31 (or within seven days of being eligible to receive the booster). Faculty and staff are strongly recommended to get a booster as soon as possible.

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

    Yes. On October 21, the CDC announced it is expanding eligibility for booster vaccines to include those who have received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This action followed authorization of the additional vaccines by the FDA. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. Note that the Moderna booster is a smaller dose than what is given in the first two shots. Be sure to let your provider know you want the booster.

    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 get an exemption from the booster requirement if I had COVID-19 in the past 90 days?

    No. Having a prior positive test result within 90 days does not exempt students from the booster requirement, but it will defer your booster due date 90 days from your documented positive test result.

    To ensure you will be able to continue being enrolled in classes in that 90-day window, make sure to document your positive test properly by following these steps:

    • Make sure your test results are reflected on the My Readiness page. This will alert Elon officials to defer the booster due date by 90 days.
    • If you took a home test, you must send a photo of the positive test result to quarantine-support@elon.edu. If you do not have a photo, you must provide documentation from your medical provider confirming the date of your positive test and the dates you were in quarantine.

    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.

    How do I know if I’m eligible for a booster? 

    All students, faculty and staff are eligible for a booster either two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or five months after the final dose of the Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

    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 does my Elon-approved medical or religious COVID vaccine exemption relate to the booster requirement?

    Previously approved medical or religious exemptions will remain in effect for the booster vaccination. No further action is necessary by those who have an approved exemption.

    How long should I wait after a positive test result to get my booster? 

    Check with your physician. In most cases, you can get a booster as soon as you have been released from quarantine or isolation.

    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.

    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.

    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, learn more about how to get a replacement. After you receive the shot, use Elon’s vaccination portal to upload your documentation. 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.

    What if I’m not eligible yet for a booster? 

    Students are required to receive the booster vaccination and submit documentation by January 31. Faculty and staff are strongly recommended to get a booster as soon as possible.

    If it has not yet been five months since your final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series, or two months since your dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you must finish the waiting period and then receive your booster within 7 days of the date you become eligible.

    Where can I get a booster?

    Elon is also offering booster vaccination clinics on campus. You can also find booster vaccine locations on the NCDHHS MySpot.nc.gov vaccine site or the CDC vaccines.gov site.

    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.

    Why do we need a booster? 

    The CDC and American College Health Association guidelines have been based on clear evidence on the efficacy of the booster to fight Omicron, increase immune response, and combat serious illness and hospitalization. Increasing evidence shows that boosters increase protection/immunity and reduce the chance of serious illness to a greater extent than previous infection or initial vaccination. COVID vaccines were originally created to fight the original strain of the virus, while a booster vaccine helps us to develop stronger antibodies to combat even a mutation or variant of the virus. The congregate living nature of a college campus and highly interactive nature of student life on campus (activities, dining, recreation, studying, clubs, etc.) increase the importance of protection against highly transmissible viruses and diseases.

    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 2021-22. 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.

    Will Elon host booster vaccine clinics?

    Yes. You can sign up here for on-campus booster clinics, which are first-come-first-served and by appointment. In addition, 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.