Elon is continuing to put priority on the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff. To protect our community, Elon is committed to the following:
- The Infectious Disease Team, Ready & Resilient Committee and Data Team will continue to monitor campus and local conditions, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health experts.
- Elon is working toward the goal of being a fully vaccinated campus and is following all health and safety recommendations from the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
- In order to protect individuals who are not fully vaccinated, consistent with CDC recommendations, Elon will require individuals who are not fully vaccinated (received their final dose and an additional 14 days have passed) and have not submitted vaccination documentation to participate in regular testing and to wear appropriate face coverings in all indoor campus spaces, including classrooms.
- Those who test positive for COVID-19 must follow all health directions, including isolation and quarantine protocols as directed by the county health department and managed through Student Care and Outreach and Elon Human Resources.
- Sanitation stations will be maintained in classrooms and across campus and environmental services personnel will continue cleaning and disinfecting protocols with a special emphasis on public spaces.
- High levels of ventilation and filtration will be maintained in all facilities.
Eight Strategies for a Healthy Academic Year
Vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19. We also know that no protection is guaranteed, so all members of the Elon community should protect themselves and others from the virus by following the guidance outlined here and pledging to uphold the Healthy Elon Commitment.
Remember Your Healthy Practices
Continue practicing your healthy habits: wash your hands often, monitor your health daily and refrain from sharing food and drinks.
Keep a Mask with You and Wear it When Needed or Required
Mask Requirement Extended
All students, employees and visitors are required to wear masks in indoor campus spaces. The mask requirement will be in place until the high transmission rates in our area—as measured by the CDC and state—decrease in Alamance/Guilford counties. See the mask policy for more details.
Students and employees who have not submitted vaccination documentation, as well as unvaccinated visitors, are required to wear appropriate face coverings in all indoor campus spaces, including classrooms, except when alone in a private office, in a residence hall/apartment room, or while eating or drinking.
Everyone on campus, including those who are vaccinated, should carry a mask with them at all times and are encouraged to wear a mask any time they feel ill, are in crowded spaces, if they feel the need for extra protection, etc.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials (NCDHHS) recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor spaces in areas of substantial or high community transmission. This currently includes most of North Carolina, including Alamance and Guilford counties. Keep in mind that vaccination rates are lower off campus and businesses may require masks.
Please remember, even when there is no mandate in place, there are many reasons to continue to wear a mask, such as compromised immune systems or other medical conditions, family relationships or proximity to those who cannot be vaccinated, religious beliefs, personal comfort level, and other considerations. No matter the reason, please respect the privacy of anyone wearing a mask and refrain from asking questions about their status.
Be Ready to Adapt as Conditions Change
The rapidly changing nature of the contagious COVID-19 virus requires us to remain vigilant and ready to make rapid changes in our behavior in light of the threat of the disease.
COVID-19 Testing (asymptomatic test at McCoy Commons)
All students, faculty and staff who have not submitted vaccination documentation must test at least weekly. Visit the testing page for more details, as well as additional testing opportunities.
If You Feel Ill (symptomatic)
If you feel ill or have a cold or flu-like symptoms, wear a mask, distance from others and contact a medical professional for evaluation before returning to class or work:
- Students: Call Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or visit the Phoenix Health Portal to schedule an appointment for an evaluation/rapid antigen test, if needed. After hours, follow the guidance on the Student Health Services website.
- Faculty and Staff: Contact your healthcare provider or the Faculty/Staff Wellness Clinic. 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.)
If You 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. Report positive off-campus tests to Student Care & Outreach by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Employees: Contact the Office of Human Resources at 336-278-5560 for guidance and to report positive test results.
If You Have Close Contact with a Person Who Tests Positive
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 in close contact with a positive case but do not have symptoms are not directed to quarantine but are required to mask and monitor symptoms for 14 days.
- Unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with 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 email@example.com.
- Employees: Contact Human Resources and supervisor/department chair.
Make Wellness and Personal Well-Being Your Top Priority
- Get involved in campus life and remain connected with friends and family.
- Exercise, practice good sleep habits and eat well.
- Recognize when you might be struggling and reach out for help.
Learn about additional resources for well-being