Elon University office opened on a normal schedule Monday morning and all classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday morning. Please read this note for further details.
Resuming normal operations
Elon University re-opened university offices at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, and classes will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Elon Law School classes will also resume the normal schedule on Tuesday, September 18.
Undergraduate students have been making their way back to campus. As the storm continues to weaken and students return, safety should continue to be a priority. Within North Carolina, the Department of Transportation website has real-time updates on road conditions throughout the state so you can plan your travel: https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ Interstate highways that serve campus have remained clear for the duration of the storm, but on the site you are able to search for information on specific major roadways, if you have questions about your specific travel route.
Students whose unique travel circumstances may delay their return to campus should communicate directly with faculty members for those classes that will be affected. Students needing assistance with travel-related concerns may contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-278-7200 Monday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or reach the Student Life administrator on call by contacting Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555.
Caring for others
Although we are fortunate to have been spared the most serious effects of the storm here on campus, we are mindful that this storm has been devastating for others in our state and region. As an Elon community, we come together in times like these to help each other and our neighbors.
The areas that have been most severely affected are not prepared to receive student volunteer assistance at this time. Financial donations to relief organizations that specialize in assistance for immediate relief can be one of the best ways to assist those in need. We recommend visiting the website of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters. The site provides a list of agencies involved in relief and recovery efforts, including donation links for those groups.
Please be aware of fraud and scams related to disaster relief efforts – the best way to donate is to visit an organization’s website directly. Gifts to the Elon University Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund are used to support those in our Elon community who are adversely affected by tragic circumstances such as these.
In the weeks and months ahead, communities in areas impacted by the hurricane will be better positioned to receive the hands-on volunteer assistance that many in our Elon community will want to provide. The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, in partnership with the North Carolina Campus Compact, will be coordinating with colleagues in the Carolinas to determine how we can best assist them. The staff in the Kernodle Center will keep us updated about those opportunities as they become available.
For many of us, the storm has been a minor disruption to our semester, but this will not be the case for everyone. Information about university resources available to assist students during times of distress is available on the Student Life website and we encourage community members to let us know if you need support.
Well-being in the face of difficult circumstances is also important for our faculty and staff. For those employees negatively affected by the impact of the storm, work-life resources available through the Employee Assistance Program may be an important source of support.
The hurricane arrived as we were in the middle of our third week of the semester for undergraduate students. We know there will be a period of readjustment as we return to campus, especially for those first-year and transfer students who were just getting acclimated to the campus community. In the days and weeks to come, please continue to reach out and support each other as we come together to continue our journey forward.
Jon Dooley, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life