To promote a healthy and safe campus environment, Elon has adopted special policies for the 2021-2022 academic year. All students, faculty and staff should be familiar with and adhere to these policies.
Elon University requires all students (undergraduate, law school and other graduate students) to provide documentation of being fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students).
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 recommendations 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.
Indoor Mask Requirement Extended
In an effort to protect the campus community, mitigate the spread of the virus and variants, and avoid disruptions in university academic programs and operations, all students, employees and visitors must continue wearing masks in indoor campus spaces (except when alone in a private office, in a residence hall/apartment room, or while eating or drinking). 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.
- Those who are not fully vaccinated (received their final dose and an additional 14 days have passed) and have not submitted vaccination documentation are required to wear masks in indoor campus spaces and participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
- 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. See the CDC mask guidelines for more information.
- Elon University School of Law is following the indoor mask requirement adopted by Guilford County.
- All unvaccinated visitors and contractors must always wear a mask in indoor campus spaces.
- Masks are not required outdoors but may be advisable in large-group or crowded settings.
- Please remember 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.
Individuals 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 maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance at all times. Deans may grant a waiver to this policy 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., theater, voice, language instruction, etc.) In those classes, a minimum six-foot physical distance must be maintained at all times, in addition to other protocols that may be established by the university. Students who require accommodations must be registered with Disabilities Resources and contact Disabilities Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) for next steps. Employees or campus visitors who require accommodations should contact the Office of Human Resources. In addition, speakers may briefly remove their masks while giving official university speeches/presentations for broadcast if maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet from others and abiding by other existing safety protocols.
In line with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must participate in regular testing.
Absences and Illnesses Policy
Missed classes and work due to quarantine or other illness-related absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis between faculty members and students, per faculty discretion and policies set in course syllabi. University policies related to illness and missed class time, are also detailed in the Student Handbook and by academic schools. Individual faculty members may work with students to ensure course learning outcomes can be met, but without any expectation of hybrid instruction.
- Student organization-sponsored travel, including all overnight travel regardless of location, is permitted with approval of the Dean of Students or appropriate academic dean. Unvaccinated students in enclosed vehicles or sharing indoor spaces must wear masks as required by the on-campus face covering policy.
- All international travel must be done in keeping with recommendations of the U.S. State Department, the CDC and host country health authorities, as well as the policies and protocols of Elon’s Global Education Center. Please be informed about travel restrictions and requirements that may be in place upon entering and leaving other countries, as well as the United States.
- Faculty and staff may begin professional travel as budgets allow. Deans or appropriate supervisors will provide unit-specific guidance.