March 9 update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley is providing regular email update messages to keep students and parents informed about the efforts for a healthy Spring Semester.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Summary of updates in this message

  • Status updates
  • Booster clinic registration
  • Spring Break campus safety and services
  • Updated campus policies take effect Monday, March 14

Status updates

The university dashboard is updated on the Healthy Elon website each weekday morning.

  • Seven new COVID-19 cases were confirmed among Elon students and employees over the past week, March 2-8. This compares to seven new cases the week prior.
  • As of yesterday, March 8, there were an estimated three active cases among Elon students and employees. This compares to five active cases a week ago.
  • Within the past week Alamance and Guilford counties have both moved to the “medium” community level category on the CDC county community level tracking tool, reflecting the decrease in new cases, decrease in hospital admissions, and lower percentage of staffed beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.
  • The CDC county tracking website also includes guidance for individual/household prevention behaviors and community-level prevention strategies associated with each of the levels.

Booster clinic registration

The final COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic before Spring Break will be held this Thursday, March 10. Advance registration is available online. After Spring Break, booster clinics will be held less frequently due to the smaller number of individuals who are becoming eligible each week.

Spring Break campus safety and services

Spring Break for undergraduate students and many graduate programs begins after classes on Friday, March 11.

  • Residence halls (not apartments) close Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. and re-open Sunday, March 20, at 10 a.m. Information about break housing, including what to do if you need to stay late or return early is available on the Residence Life website.
  • Most campus services will have reduced hours or availability from Saturday, March 12, until classes resume Monday, March 21.
  • University offices are closed Friday, March 18 for a spring break holiday.

Detailed information about campus safety and services during Spring Break is available in my March 8 email to students, archived on Today at Elon.

Updated campus policies take effect Monday, March 14

As a reminder, several changes to university COVID-19 policies, including a mask-optional policy, will take effect on campus Monday, March 14. Those changes were detailed in a previous communication from the Healthy Elon Committee, archived on the Healthy Elon website. As we implement these changes, it is important to remember that individuals will have different needs for themselves and their family members. This moment calls on each of us to show respect and empathy as we continue to adapt together as a community.

Additional information

Detailed information is always available on the Healthy Elon website, which provides important health and wellness information for students and employees, including what to do if you feel ill, test positive, or have close contact with a positive case. The site also offers responses to frequently asked questions about academics, vaccination, and employee information.

The next email update will be sent Wednesday, March 16, at 10:45 a.m., unless an additional message is warranted before then.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life