In the 2021 Winter Term and Spring semester, general attendance policies will continue to be created at the discretion of schools, departments and/or faculty. Individual faculty have the latitude to enact attendance policies and they have been encouraged to take attendance to ensure awareness of student absences. Attendance may be viewed holistically — perhaps as “presence” and engagement — and as encompassing both physical attendance as well as other forms of participation, in the context of blended instructional models and learning engagement strategies.
Your faculty will have their attendance policy listed on the course syllabi. Take time to read and understand their expectations. Attendance policies should also acknowledge and plan for the possibility of students being required to quarantine because of COVID-19, including international students quarantining upon entering the country.
Students who are not experiencing quarantine or illness, and who have not received accommodations for remote-only instruction, are expected to attend class in person on the days they are designated to do so.
The Elon Honor Code calls each of us to make a solemn, personal commitment to act every day to protect our own health and the health of others.
Attendance Related to Quarantine or Isolation
If you are placed into quarantine or isolation:
- Your faculty will receive official university notification of a longer-term health-related absence that includes the dates of the required quarantine or self-isolation. Note that due to privacy laws details of the specific health issues will not be provided. Since these notices may take some time to get to your faculty member, consider communicating with your faculty member to make them aware of the situation.
- Work virtually with your faculty member to ensure you understand expectations related to course activities, materials, engagement, etc.
- Ensure you have access to the technology/materials you need to complete academic activities remotely (computer with video/microphone, high-speed internet, course materials, etc.). High-speed internet will be available in all university quarantine spaces.
- For students who are under quarantine and not experiencing health-related illness, your faculty will provide you with the opportunity to: remotely engage in class time activities if possible, access to class notes, complete class assignments outside of class and submit their work electronically. It is expected that you complete all coursework included in the course syllabus.
- For students who are not able to engage with the course due to health-related physical illness, mental health issues or disability accommodations, your faculty will provide you with access to class notes and the opportunity to make up missed assignments and exams when you are able to engage again. You are expected to complete all coursework included in the course syllabus. In situations where you are not able to complete the course due to health-related issues, work with your faculty members on identifying appropriate options — an incomplete grade, course withdrawal or medical withdrawal.
- If you are placed into quarantine or isolation, you will be provided with additional information related to this process and accessing campus resources. The staff point of contact assigned to you can provide valuable assistance and information.
Remote-Only Accommodations Process
- To request remote-only instruction due to documented disabilities, health-related accommodations, international travel restrictions or other COVID-related concerns, these requests should be initiated by you and must go through the Office of Disabilities Resources: Main campus/LSB graduate students or Law School students.
- To request remote-only accommodations (due to family and/or personal-related reasons), you must go through the accommodations process rather than asking individual faculty members for accommodations. Visit this website for additional information and click on the link to the online form for “Family and/or Personal-Related Requests.”
- Students who are not experiencing quarantine or illness, and who have not received accommodations for remote-only instruction, are expected to attend class in person on the days they are designated to do so.