Careful Preparations for In-Person Learning
Elon University and Elon University School of Law have introduced policies that promote a safe environment for teaching and learning as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. From building adaptations to vaccination requirements for students, keeping our community healthy requires a commitment to practices that are well known and well proven at reducing the risk of viral transmission.
The 2021-22 Healthy Elon Plan outlines many protocols that apply to Elon Law. Additional practices specific to our downtown Greensboro campus are below and are subject to change based on evolving public health conditions and government regulations.
*Number of active cases includes confirmed positive active COVID-19 cases among Elon Law students, faculty and staff reported to the university during each week. This includes both symptomatic and non-symptomatic cases.
**Elon Law Testing includes all COVID-19 screening tests administered by the university during required weekly testing for non-vaccinated individuals, as well as symptomatic tests administered by campus health personnel.
Keeping Our Community Well (Operations)
Elon Law’s top priority is to keep students, faculty, staff and building visitors safe and healthy. Highlights of our new protocols include:
- All students were required to be vaccinated (with the ability to request medical/religious exemptions) prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic year. All students are required to receive booster shots as soon as possible and no later than January 31 (or within seven days of being eligible to receive the booster). More information, including methods for submitting documentation, is available here.
- In keeping with Guilford County mandates and Elon University policies, all individuals are required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status through at least the end of January 2022.
- Each classroom provides cleaning products and hand sanitizing supplies also are available on campus. Facilities management cleans classrooms daily.
- Vaccinated individuals who have close contact with a positive case but do not have symptoms are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals who have close contact with a positive case will be required to quarantine for a period as determined by recommendations from the state and local health departments.
- University facilities personnel are ensuring that building HVAC systems are operating at their maximum possible design ventilation.
- Several events traditionally held in the fall (the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition and the Elon Law Review Symposium) will be held virtually while other events (the Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series) have been paused until 2022-23.
- In line with guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff at Elon Law participate in weekly testing for COVID-19.
Keeping Our Students on Track to Graduate in 2.5 Years (Learning)
Elon Law’s preparations reflect a commitment to graduate students in 2.5 years by amending the academic calendar and designing courses that offer maximum flexibility for both students and professors.
- While Elon Law offered in-person and hybrid instruction for both the 2021 Winter and Spring trimesters, the law school returned to fully in-person learning for the 2021 Fall Trimester.
- Students who are unable to attend in person due to health conditions must seek accommodations through Elon University’s Office of Disabilities Services.
Keeping Our Focus on Recruitment (Admissions)
Elon Law’s Admissions Office is actively recruiting the entering class enrolling in August 2022 and looks forward to meeting prospective students. More information about the application process can be found on the law school’s admissions website.
- The admissions cycle for the Class of 2024 began in September 2021.
- Prospective students can schedule campus visits and tours
- Online chats and other programs for prospective students will be hosted throughout the year
- Applicant interviews (by invitation) as part of Elon Law’s admissions process will start in late fall when the Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications
Local, state, and national agencies and organizations collect data relevant to COVID-19 confirmed cases, deaths, and recoveries.
- Hospitalizations and ICU capacity in the Cone Health System (which includes Moses Cone Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville)
- Guilford County Division of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard (Local Data)
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Dashboard (Statewide Data)
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center (National Data)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Resources Page
Frequently Asked Questions about Elon Law and COVID-19
Are vaccinations required to enroll at Elon Law?
Yes. All new and returning students were required to be vaccinated prior to their start of the 2021-22 academic year. Medical/religious exemptions were available. All students are required to receive a booster vaccine and upload their documentation as soon as possible and no later than January 31 (or within seven days of being eligible to receive the booster). More information, including methods for submitting documentation, is available here.
Will I be required to take COVID-19 tests this year?
Students (those with exemptions), faculty, and staff who are unvaccinated will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests. Beginning January 12, testing occurs on Wednesdays between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Those who are required to test each week will be emailed by the first week in January and will need to make an appointment by Jan. 12 that will apply each Wednesday during the Winter Trimester.
Testing each week will be required to maintain access to the law school’s facilities (students who are required to test will have until 3 p.m. each Friday to test at the law school or on main campus). If you miss that weekly opportunity on the Greensboro campus, students must visit main campus to complete a test.
Unvaccinated students who are remote due to Residency placements and an asynchronous accompanying course, and who do not plan to enter the law school’s facilities during the Winter Trimester, will not need to participate in testing each week. Unvaccinated students on Residency who do plan to enter the facilities for their accompanying class, meetings, events, studying, etc., will need to test.
ELON LAW WILL NOT ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF A COVID-19 TEST ADMINISTERED OFF CAMPUS.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test will 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 Guilford County Health Department to undergo a period of isolation.
What happens if a student, faculty or staff member tests positive during the academic year?
As explained on the Elon University website, all students, faculty and staff who report COVID-19 symptoms or who are exposed to the virus must follow testing, contact tracing and quarantine protocols. The process will largely apply to the law school, which will rely on the Guilford County Health Department, rather than the Alamance County Health Department.
Students who test positive with an over-the-counter or at-home COVID-19 test are required to attend walk-in symptomatic 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will Elon University and Elon Law keep track of COVID-19 test results?
Elon University utilizes a testing portal that is accessible by university and law school administration, which allows the tracking of which students, faculty and staff have completed the COVID-19 testing and the other Healthy Elon Commitment items.
What precautions are being taken inside Elon Law facilities to minimize the risk of infection?
In line with public health officials’ guidance, Elon Law has returned classrooms to configurations based on industry standards for spacing of desks and distancing.
Additional cleaning procedures, hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting applications remain in place to help foster a safe learning environment and minimize the risk of viral transmission on surfaces. Cleaning practices follow CDC guidelines and include the use of EPA-approved products effective against viruses and bacteria, including hospital-grade disinfectant. Frequent cleaning and extra attention is paid to communal and “high touch” areas, such as door handles, stair handrails, elevator buttons and bathrooms.
Each classroom is equipped with a sanitation station. Supplies will be provided for students and faculty to clean surfaces and shared computers and equipment when they enter and leave the space. Elon Law is placing hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building.
Elon University and Elon Law are aligning their efforts with CDC guidance concerning HVAC and ventilation. University facilities personnel are monitoring building HVAC systems to ensure operation at their maximum possible design ventilation (while maintaining appropriate building humidity and comfortable temperatures). This includes increased frequency of filtration changes, and the use of the highest-rated filters possible per design in each building system.
Does this mean I’ll need to wear a mask inside the building?
In keeping with Guilford County mandates and Elon University policies, all individuals will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Guilford County’s indoor mask rule will remain in effect through January 8, 2022, unless earlier repealed or modified by a vote of the Board of Health.
What if health conditions prevent me from coming to class in person?
Student unable to attend class in person due to health conditions may seek accommodations through Elon University’s Office of Disabilities Services.
What should I do if I become ill? If a student tests positive for COVID-19, what are the requirements to be allowed back on campus?
All Elon Law students, faculty and staff who report COVID-19 symptoms or who are exposed to the virus must follow the testing, contact tracing and quarantine protocols established by Elon University, the Guilford County Health Department and the State of North Carolina. If you experience COVID-19 Symptoms and begin to feel ill, first refrain from direct contact with others until you consult with a healthcare provider.
If you are ill and are advised to isolate or are referred for testing, please notify Elon Law’s Office of Student Life immediately at email@example.com so that we can support you and help you access available resources.
What happens if Elon Law needs to close again (and move instruction online) because of another wave?
Elon Law expects to continue in-person instruction in Fall 2021 though, if necessary, the law school is well prepared to move instruction online. Faculty members are practiced at delivering online instruction based on their experiences since early 2020, and they have benefited from workshops, trainings and resources from the instructional technologists in the law school and from Elon University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and other departments. Professors have been outfitted with the equipment necessary to effectively deliver online instruction. Residencies, clinics, and externships are also prepared to continue even if modifications for remote work experiences are necessary due to potential closures of courts, government offices, or other placements.
Is the Elon Law Library open?
Yes. The Law Library has opened to students with hours posted on its web page. The library is observing the same precautions in place for all other Elon Law facilities, as well as library best practices, including precautions related to checking out and sanitizing materials.
Will students have access to the Elon Law Library and commons area between classes?
What is my personal responsibility while at Elon Law’s facilities?
As a matter of professional responsibility and obligation to themselves and others in the community, students, faculty and staff will be expected to abide by all safety and health protocols adopted by Elon University and Elon Law.
Elon Law will consider compliance with these health protocols and processes as professional expectations imposing professional obligations within the community, including those required by the Elon Law Student Personal & Professional Responsibility Policy, Student Handbook and Honor Code.
Will the public have access to Elon Law facilities?
Generally, the public will not have access to the main law school building (the Weaver Building) or satellite locations. The exceptions will be those attorneys and members of the public who have appointments to visit the library, those with proceedings before the North Carolina Business Court, prospective students who have appointments with the Admissions Office, clients who have appointments with the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic or Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic, or those who have appointments with law school administration, faculty or staff. All visitors to the building will be required to follow all safety protocols, including wearing masks and observing social distancing if unvaccinated.
Will Elon Law host its annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition? Will the school’s Moot Court Program compete in national competitions?
We hosted the 2020 Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition in October as a virtual competition. More information about the competition is available on the Competition web page.
Our 2021 national moot court competition is scheduled to be hosted virtually.
Elon Law students involved in Moot Court have been participating in virtual competitions since the Fall Trimester.
What should I know about the admissions process if I’m applying to Elon Law for the Class of 2024?
Applications open in September 2021 for admission to Elon Law’s Class of 2024. Admissions staff look forward to assisting you throughout the admissions process. Prospective students may contact the Admissions Office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (1-888-ELON-LAW or 336-279-9229). Campus visits and tours of the law school can be arranged by contacting the Admissions Office. Admissions events, such as open houses and online chats, will be scheduled later in the fall. The Admissions Committee begins reviewing applications in November. Elon Law will continue to conduct applicant interviews by invitation as part of its admissions process. These interviews will likely be held by phone or videoconference. More information will be available on the Admissions web page.
Is Legal Grounds open?
Yes. Legal Grounds is open for students and employees in the upstairs Commons.