Healthy Elon Committee update on boosters and mask policy

Elon University is strongly recommending booster shots for students, faculty and staff, and will continue its indoor mask policy through Winter Term and January.

Dear members of the Elon community,

Thank you for your continued commitment to maintaining a Healthy Elon campus, limiting the spread of COVID at Elon, and supporting a successful Fall Semester.

Please see the following updates below:

  • The indoor mask policy will continue through Winter Term and January.
  • Elon strongly recommends everyone get a booster before January.
  • Stay updated for Winter Term by checking email and the Healthy Elon Website.

Get Your Booster before January

Now is the time, during winter break, to ensure you are protected against serious illness from the ongoing spread of COVID-19. With the onset of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, and in keeping with CDC recommendations, Elon strongly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff get a booster before January, and upload your documentation to Elon’s vaccination portal.

  • Use the website to find locations near you to schedule your booster. This will be the quickest and most convenient way to get boosted.
  • For those who have not yet received their boosters, on-campus vaccine clinics will be held early in January.

Indoor Mask Requirement Extended through January

Since Thanksgiving, the spread of COVID-19 has increased in our region, across the country, and on campus (18 new cases Nov. 29-Dec. 10). Most of North Carolina has returned to the CDC’s “high level” of community transmission. Utilizing the tools that have kept us safe during the past two years, the indoor mask policy will remain in place through the Winter Term and the end of January. Students, employees, and visitors must wear masks in indoor campus spaces, except when alone in a private office, in a residence hall/apartment room, or while eating or drinking.

Policies for Spring Semester will be communicated in January, based on recommendations from health authorities and the level of virus transmission at that time.

Stay Updated for Winter Term

  • Check Today at Elon, email, and the Healthy Elon Website for the most recent COVID-19 information.
  • Visit the FAQ pages that were recently updated to reflect Winter Term and provide answers to questions about class absences due to illness/symptoms: Student FAQs and Academics FAQs (for faculty)
  • If you are studying abroad during Winter Term, continue to monitor communications from the Global Education Center and your course instructors.

With best wishes for a restful and healthy winter break,

Jeff Stein, Healthy Elon Committee Chair

  • Dan Anderson, Special Assistant to the President
  • 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, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Operations and Professor of Exercise Science
  • Kelly Reimer, Senior Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies (Staff Council Representative)
  • Carrie Ryan, Assistant Vice President for 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