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.
Note: This is the final weekly email update from Vice President of Student Life Jon Dooley of the 2021-22 academic year.
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Welcome to the final weekly Healthy Elon email update for the academic year.
Summary of updates in this message
- Status updates
- Commencement information
- Healthy Elon policies for spring and summer
- Vaccination and booster information
The university dashboard is updated on the Healthy Elon website each weekday morning.
- 42 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed among Elon students and employees over the past week, May 11-17. This compares to 65 new cases the week prior.
- As of yesterday, May 17, there were an estimated 23 active cases among Elon students and employees. This compares to 47 active cases a week ago.
- Alamance and Guilford counties are both in the “low” category on the CDC community-level tracking tool.
- The CDC county tracking website includes guidance for individual/household prevention behaviors and community-level prevention strategies associated with each of the levels.
Normal seating configurations will be used for indoor Commencement events this week; people with health concerns may wish to wear a mask in these venues. Tonight’s graduate Commencement ceremony and Friday’s undergraduate Commencement ceremonies will also be accessible via livestream. The full schedule of Commencement Week activities is available on the Commencement website.
Asymptomatic testing in the McCoy Commons (Oaks Neighborhood) will be available for students, faculty, and staff during regularly scheduled hours through Thursday, May 19.
Healthy Elon policies for spring and summer
Please read the May 3 email announcement to the community from Dr. Jeff Stein and the Healthy Elon Committee regarding current campus protocols and policies for masking, testing, and quarantine/isolation through Wednesday, May 25.
The May 3 announcement also includes a number of detailed changes to campus policies that will become effective on Thursday, May 26. Asymptomatic testing will be open in McCoy Commons for reduced hours during the summer.
Vaccination and booster information
Elon continues to require students, and to strongly encourage employees, to receive and submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination and booster. New and returning students will be notified in early summer via email about vaccination requirements and documentation for next academic year.
The Infectious Disease Response Team will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidance from health experts and be ready to reinstate any necessary mitigation measures. We continue to develop recommendations, policies and structures to support university operations and community health, in light of lessons learned over the past two years.
On May 26, the Healthy Elon website will be adjusted to a single page with essential information and announcements about COVID-19, along with links to campus resources that are available for health and wellness issues. A link to the new webpage will be located in the footer of all Elon University webpages.
The Healthy Elon information line (336-278-2020) and the firstname.lastname@example.org and ElonCovidTesting@elon.edu email addresses will be suspended on May 26; calls will be forwarded to the campus switchboard. Student Health Services and numerous offices across campus, including Student Care and Outreach, Parent Engagement, New Student Programs, and Human Resources will continue to serve as information resources for questions.
This is the final email update for the academic year. Thank you for reading these messages and staying informed about the impact of the pandemic at Elon University. As necessary, you will receive important pandemic-related information via your Elon email account during the summer. Please check your campus email regularly so you can be aware of updates and information that may affect you.
Best wishes for a safe, healthy, and restful summer.
Dr. Jon Dooley
Vice President for Student Life