Beginning June 26, 2020, at 5 p.m. and continuing until otherwise announced by the University.*

Growing scientific evidence supports that the wearing of face coverings is one of the most effective strategies in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department and Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommend wearing cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. It is the responsibility of everyone to wear face coverings in order to do their part to minimize risks to themselves, others and the Elon community. With that in mind, the university is providing an appropriate face covering to each student, faculty and staff member and has adopted the following detailed policy on wearing protective face coverings.

Example of Mask Zone poster showing an Elon-branded face maskEveryone on campus is required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when indoors. This includes classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, hallways, meeting rooms, libraries, theaters and other indoor spaces. Face coverings are also required outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained, or during a class or event that might be held outdoors or in a tent. Also, everyone should bring at least 5-10 washable masks to campus.

  • Students, faculty, and staff may use face coverings provided by the university or supply their own.
  • Face coverings may be cloth or disposable. They may not have vents or exhalation valves (other than approved NIOSH rated N95 masks).
  • Employees may remove face coverings when alone in their own offices or enclosed workspaces.
  • Students may remove face coverings in their own residence hall rooms or apartments.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should have a face covering with them whenever they are on campus.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who enter facilities without a face covering will be asked to leave.
  • Students, faculty, and staff may remove face coverings when actively eating or drinking or strenuously exercising.
  • Guests, visitors, vendors, and contractors will be expected to honor these guidelines and provide their own face covering to keep the Elon community safe.

Exceptions

Individuals who are unable to wear cloth face coverings due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability may wear an alternate face covering, such as a shield, and maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance at all times. Deans may grant a waiver to this policy for students and faculty in a specific class, if requested by the faculty member and necessary to meet the curricular requirements of the course (e.g., theater, voice, language instruction, etc.). In those classes, a minimum six-foot physical distance must be maintained at all times, in addition to other protocols that may be established by the university. Students who require accommodations must be registered with Disabilities Resources and contact Disabilities Resources (disabilities@elon.edu) for next steps. Employees or campus visitors who require accommodations should contact the Office of Human Resources.

Accountability

Public health is everyone’s responsibility. Elon is relying on members of our community to adhere to and assist with enforcing these standards of behavior. Members of the community should speak up if they encounter someone violating the face covering policy. For example, using an informal, personal intervention with friends and colleagues, such as saying, “Mask up” or “No mask, no class” may often be a good reminder. Faculty, student organizations and office teams should clearly define how they will enforce the mask policy in their spaces. Individuals who fail to wear face coverings as required may be reported for non-compliance to the Office of Student Conduct (students) or the Office of Human Resources (employees) and disciplined under the appropriate handbook provisions. Visitors and third-parties who do not adhere to this policy may be asked to leave the campus. The university may utilize existing policies, including but not limited to policies related to behavior that endangers self or others, for enforcement when intentional or unintentional violations of COVID-19 policies occur. Consistent with the university’s statement of non-discrimination, Elon will not tolerate discrimination, profiling, bias, or any form of racial intimidation in conjunction with this or any other COVID-related policies, and any reported incidents will be addressed in accordance with university policy.

All members of our campus community are expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and policies. Signage will be placed around campus to remind students, faculty, and staff that face coverings are required and how to properly wear a face covering. For additional information, visit the CDC or Ready & Resilient.

* This policy may be subject to change based on orders, requirements, and guidance from federal, state, and local authorities.