COVID-19 Vaccination Information and 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). This requirement applies to all students enrolled in classes, living on campus, participating in study abroad/away, or participating in on-campus activities on any Elon campus during Fall Semester 2021.

Where To Get Vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is now widely available at retail pharmacies and community clinics across the country. For information on vaccination availability and locations, go to vaccines.gov.


How To Submit Your Vaccination Documentation

If you have already uploaded your vaccination documentation, confirm your “fully vaccinated” status.

If you have not yet uploaded your vaccination documentation, complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form and attach a copy of your vaccination record card. (see instructions)


Submission Deadlines

Undergraduate Students

July

30

Undergraduate students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Friday, July 30. Unvaccinated undergraduates should plan to get their first dose of any two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) by July 1, so they can get their second dose by July 29. Students may alternately choose to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine by July 15 to meet this requirement. Please keep in mind that full vaccination is not achieved until two weeks after the final dose of the vaccine.

Graduate Students

Based on their different academic calendars, graduate students must submit their documentation no later than the following dates:

July

15

School of Law (new 1L), Physical Therapy (class of 2022 and 2023), Physician Assistant Studies (class of 2022), Interactive Media and Masters in Higher Education students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Thursday, July 15.

August

9

School of Law (returning 2L and 3L) students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Monday, August 9.

August

2

All other fall semester graduate programs students must submit vaccine documentation no later than Monday, August 2.

Exemptions From COVID-19 Vaccination

Students may apply by July 9 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 responsibilities form.

Testing and masking requirements for those who are unvaccinated will be determined by CDC guidance and announced prior to fall semester.


International Students

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.


Elon Faculty and Staff

By mid-June, 82 percent of full-time faculty and staff on campus had submitted documentation of their vaccination. We continue to ask all employees to be vaccinated and to upload their documentation by August 1. Details about health and safety measures for those who are unvaccinated are determined by current CDC guidance and will continue to be updated accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Who should get vaccinated?

All students (undergraduate, law school, and other graduate students) must provide documentation of being fully vaccinated for a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students). This requirement pertains to all students enrolled in classes, living on campus, participating in study abroad/away, or participating in on-campus activities on any Elon campus during Fall Semester 2021. A vaccination exemption option is available for medical conditions and religious beliefs.

Similarly, Elon asks all faculty and staff to be vaccinated and submit their documentation by August 1. We are pleased that Elon employee vaccination levels are already very high and continue to climb.

Where can I get a vaccine?

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

What can I do once I'm fully vaccinated?

The CDC maintains a web page with updated information for vaccinated people, recommending what you can do, and what precautions you should continue to protect yourself and others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

 

Does Elon plan to offer a large vaccination clinic on campus?

With the COVID-19 vaccine available widely in retail pharmacies and community clinics at no cost, Elon is not currently planning any further campus vaccination clinics. A limited supply of the vaccine is available through Student Health Services for those who are unable to access community vaccination resources.

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

Students may apply by July 9 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.

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 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.

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.

Can I move into campus housing or attend classes if I don’t get vaccinated or receive an exemption?

No. All undergraduate students must provide documentation of being fully vaccinated for a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students) by July 30, or apply to be approved for an exemption by July 9. This requirement pertains to all students enrolled in classes, living on campus, participating in study abroad/away, or participating in on-campus activities on any Elon campus during Fall Semester 2021.

Elon Law School and other graduate students must provide documentation of vaccination or request an exemption by the specific dates listed here for each program.

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.

Is Elon requiring staff and faculty to be vaccinated?

Elon faculty and staff have demonstrated their commitment to protecting themselves and those around them by achieving a very high level of vaccination. While Elon is not requiring employee vaccination at this time, we ask all faculty and staff to be vaccinated and upload their documentation by August 1. Details about faculty/staff health and safety measures for those who are unvaccinated are determined by current CDC guidance and will continue to be updated accordingly.

Will Elon offer or require COVID-19 booster vaccines?

No decision has been made regarding booster vaccines, which are not currently available. Elon will continue to follow all CDC guidelines related to booster vaccines.

What are the mask requirements and testing requirements for fall?

Current policies require unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus to wear a mask in public indoor settings, including classrooms, and get tested regularly in McCoy Commons 207. Elon’s policies will continue to be updated as the government and the CDC announce changes.

Is everyone wearing a mask unvaccinated?

No. There are many reasons that students, faculty or staff may choose to continue to wear a mask, including religious beliefs, comfort level, their own medical conditions or the medical conditions of friends, family or others.

How can I talk with someone about the mask policy?

The following guidelines and examples can help you engage in an educational conversation.

Please keep in mind:

  • Each individual has different experiences, family and medical situations, and feelings as we navigate this process. That includes not making assumptions about those wearing masks or not wearing masks.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of North Carolina, have removed restrictions for masking and distancing for those who are fully vaccinated. These changes reflect research on the effectiveness of the vaccines to protect the vaccinated from becoming infected with serious illness or becoming a virus carrier, as well as enhanced understanding of how the virus spreads indoors.

While starting a respectful conversation may seem like a good idea, it is not appropriate to ask someone their vaccination status. Instead, try the following:

  • Assume good intentions and provide grace. Avoid confrontational or patronizing tone/demeanor. Thank them for compliance.
  • Reiterate expectations and consequences: Try to remain as calm as possible. This step should not be aggressive but should be clear.
    • Example: Elon’s policy regarding face coverings still requires those unvaccinated to wear a mask in indoor public settings.
    • Example: We will be meeting this afternoon. Please remember those not vaccinated will need to wear a mask. Others may wear a mask if they prefer it.
  • If the situation begins to advance beyond your ability to deescalate or diffuse the situation, please contact a supervisor or department head or submit a Student Conduct Incident Report.

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.

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.

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.

Will Elon also have a Flu vaccine requirement?

As was the case for the 2020-2021 academic year, all students will be required to receive and share proof of the annual influenza vaccine during Fall Semester 2021. Details on the deadline for this requirement will be shared in September and Elon is planning to host campus flu vaccination clinics during the fall semester.

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