This message from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley sent March 12 offers information about the current status of coronavirus and travel plans, parking during Spring Break, remaining on campus during Spring Break and campus services during Spring Break.
I know that spring break plans are changing rapidly. Please keep in mind that students who live in residence halls or the Loy Neighborhood who want to stay on campus during spring break or the two weeks following MUST register online in advance. We ask that you please complete that registration today or tomorrow so we can plan accordingly, although the deadline to register to stay on campus between March 23 and April 5 is Tuesday, March 17. Information and the link is on the Residence Life website here.
In the message below I am highlighting the following additional important information for you:
- Current status of the coronavirus and travel plans
- Parking and other information for those leaving for break
- Information for those remaining on campus
- Campus services available during spring break
Current status of the coronavirus and travel plans
- Carefully review the CDC helpful guidance for travelers. During the break, stay informed about developments and watch for advisories that could impact when and where you can travel.
- The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. We encourage students to follow suit.
- All of continental Europe (29 countries) has been added to the CDC Level 3 travel warning list, in addition to the other countries previously listed.
- The university also recommends reconsidering any international travel, knowing that this is an evolving situation and other countries could be added to the level two or three warning lists during Spring Break.
- Please remember that all Elon students, faculty, and staff who travel to or through a country with a level two or three travel warning from the CDC must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. With the change Wednesday night, this now includes all of continental Europe, as noted above.
- Carefully consider non-essential travel to U.S. locations that have declared a state of emergency or are experiencing a growing number of cases. As of March 11, this included 19 states. Here is a CDC website that is tracking the spread of coronavirus in the United States.
- Reconsider spring break activities that involve large crowds or mass gatherings where coronavirus could be spread more easily.
- No matter where you are, avoid contact with sick people; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.
Parking and other information for those leaving during spring break
- Students who live on-campus may leave their vehicles in their permitted lots over spring break.
- Students who live off-campus and wish to park on-campus for spring break may utilize the McMichael East lot only.
- Parking questions should be directed to Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555.
- If you are not planning to return to campus for the two weeks after spring break, be sure to bring everything you need to continue your classes online: computer, textbooks and class materials, ID’s, medication, clothing, cellphone and chargers, valuables, etc.
- Be sure to follow smart health and safety tips when you travel.
Information for those remaining on campus
- If you will be on-campus during Spring Break keep in mind that many campus services will be open, but with reduced hours or availability.
- The university will be closed on Friday, March 20 for a holiday. While many offices will be closed, campus services will be available.
- For the two weeks when classes are shifting online, the university will be open. Students should anticipate limited campus activities. Most campus events and activities with more than 50 people will be canceled from March 16 through April 6.
- Below, you will find hours of the major student services operations during spring break. Additional communication regarding hours of services March 23 – April 5 will be sent by next Thursday, March 19.
Campus services during spring break
Campus Safety and Police operates 24-hours per day year-round, and can be reached at 336-278-5555. They can also assist with connections to the Student Life on-call administrators and on-call counselors. SAFEline is always available at 336-278-3333 for confidential support with identity-based bias, sexual violence, or interpersonal violence – they can also be a confidential resource to access on-call violence responders.
- Belk Library will be open during spring break. Visit http://elon.libcal.com for information about library hours for Phoenix card holders and community members.
Campus Recreation and Wellness
- Visit http://www.elon.edu/recwell and scroll to ‘Spring Break Hours of Operation’ for a link to adjusted hours of operation.
- Open during normal business hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm.
- Counseling Services is available by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 336-278-7280.
- The crisis counselor on-call remains available 24/7 and can be accessed by calling campus dispatch at (336) 278-5555.
- If a student is experiencing a psychological emergency that is life threatening or involves imminent danger (risk of harm to self or others at any time), call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.
- Menus and hours are always available online here: https://www.elondining.com/menu-hours/
- Note that Lakeside Dining Hall will be offering brunch and dinner over the weekend and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the weekdays.
- Meal plans are not in effect during this time, but students may use Food Dollars, Meal Dollars, Phoenix Cash, cash or credit card.
- Saturday & Sunday, 3/14-15: Closed
- Monday, 3/16 – Thursday 3/19: 8:30 am – 5 pm
- Friday, 3/20 – Sunday 3/22: Closed
- Friday, 3/13: 7 am – 8 pm
- Saturday, 3/14: 8 am – 1 pm
- Sunday, 3/15: Closed
- Monday, 3/16 – Friday, March 20: 8 am – 5 pm
- Saturday, 3/21: 8 am – 1 pm
- Sunday, 3/22: 10 am – 7 pm
Student Health Services
Saturday, 3/14 – Monday, 3/16: Closed
Tuesday, 3/17 – Friday, 3/20: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, 3/21 – Sunday, 3/22: Closed
Visit https://www.elon.edu/u/health-wellness/health-services/appointments/ for information or to schedule an appointment.
Sick Rides will not operate over the break.
For medical resources when Health Services is closed, please see: https://www.elon.edu/u/health-wellness/health-services/after-hours-and-summer-care/.
Transportation and BioBuses
- 3/13 – 3/23: The University Drive Line will operate 4pm – 10pm.
- All other bus routes stop Friday, 3/13 at 5pm and will not operate throughout the Break.
As it relates to coronavirus, just a reminder that I will send you the next community email update Monday afternoon, March 16, unless an earlier message is warranted. Current information is always available on the special university website: https://www.elon.edu/coronavirus.
I know this has been a bit of an adjustment for all of us over the past few days. Please reach out and let us know if there are any questions we can help answer. I hope you have a safe, healthy, and restful break next week.
Dr. Jon Dooley
Vice President for Student Life