Ready & Resilient update regarding campus mask policy

The update from the Ready & Resilient Committee follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control about requiring face coverings.

Dear Elon Community,

Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced very positive news about the pandemic, removing much of the guidance about wearing masks and physically distancing for people who are fully vaccinated.

With one week to go in the Spring Semester, the University will continue to require masks indoors. This includes classrooms and all other indoor public spaces. We will continue to monitor changes in guidance from state and local health officials and will notify the campus when our community guidelines change.

Note: The new CDC guidelines apply only to those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past a final dose). Not all attendees at Commencement will be vaccinated. Therefore, masks and distancing will be required at all indoor Commencement week activities, including graduate and undergraduate Commencement ceremonies. In the interest of protecting all those attending these events, we do not anticipate any changes to this Commencement policy.

The new CDC guidance demonstrates the importance and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and reinforces our plans to shift to more usual campus operations this summer and fall.

We wish you good luck with finals and a restful summer,

The Ready & Resilient Committee

  • Jeff Stein, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of English (Chair)
  • Dan Anderson, Vice President of University Communications
  • Ginette Archinal, Medical Director of Student Health and University Physician
  • MarQuita Barker, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of Residence Life
  • John Barnhill, Associate Vice President for University Advancement
  • Tom Flood, Assistant Vice President of Physical Plant
  • Jason Husser, Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies, and Director of the Elon Poll (Academic Council Representative)
  • Deandra Little, Assistant Provost, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Professor of English
  • Paul Miller, Assistant Provost for Academic Operations and Communications and Professor of Exercise Science
  • Kelly Reimer, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies (Staff Council Representative)
  • Carrie Ryan, Director of Auxiliary Services
  • Kelli Shuman, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Gabie Smith, Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology
  • Mary Southern, Project Manager for Provost and Academic Affairs Operations (Project Manager)
  • Mike Ward, Deputy Director of Athletics
  • Randy Williams, Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor of Education