Shared Responsibility

Students, staff and faculty have individual and collective responsibility to promote and support the health and safety of our community by complying with university, town and state policies and protocols. We are in this together.

Elon’s Honor Code is the foundation for our shared accountability: Honesty, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility. Students participating in reckless, repetitive or disregard of policies and protocols will be addressed by the Office of Student Conduct, using existing policies in the Student Handbook. All policies apply to students from the time of admission through graduation and extend to behaviors on- and off-campus. Additionally, the jurisdiction of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct extend into virtual and remote learning environments as well as co-curricular settings. Employee conduct issues will be referred to the Office of Human Resources.

Healthy Elon Commitment: “To continue to demonstrate our commitment to the core values of Elon,” all students, staff and faculty must review, sign and uphold the tenants of the commitment, agreeing to personal responsibility for their health, respect for the health of others, and compliance with university guidelines. We make this commitment to support one another during this unprecedented time. All community members are encouraged to remind each other of behavioral expectations and actively advocate for safe and healthy practices.

Student Accountability

In addition to local/state orders, students are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct, which allows enforcement of university COVID-19-specific health and behavioral policies.

With an increased focus on the health and safety of the campus community, violations of university COVID-19-related policies may result in elevated disciplinary measures. Students and student organizations will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for appropriate disciplinary action.

A report may be submitted regarding behavior and actions that potentially violates University policy through the Student Conduct Incident Report form.

Policy Violations

As the university strives to empower students to make healthy and informed decisions, the following provides examples of disciplinary outcomes for violations of university policies related to the university’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These potential outcomes are typical for students with no prior disciplinary history and may be increased if a student has a prior finding of responsibility for behavior prohibited by our Code of Conduct, the University alert level, other university policies addressing behavior or other aggravating factors identified throughout student conduct process. Beyond the disciplinary status, additional outcomes may include a fine, educational/reflective projects and university-related restrictions.

All referrals to the student conduct process are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and consider all relevant information available at the time of a decision. The following are outcomes apply to individual students and student organizations.

Students will face disciplinary suspension, including university restrictions, related to, but not limited to:

Students will face disciplinary probation related to, but not limited to:

  • Hosting a social gathering exceeding residential capacity limits established through Residence Life and, but not more than university policy or communicated local restrictions.
  • Attending a social gathering that exceeds university policy or federal, state or local.
  • Failing to comply with the directives of health authorities or university officials related to testing or quarantine expectations; failing to notify the university of positive test results, promptly participating in contact tracing interviews; or for knowingly providing false or incomplete information to contact tracers.
  • Potentially exposing others to COVID-19 after displaying symptoms or being directed to quarantine, whether there was a positive diagnosis at the time of exposure.
  • Violating housing overnight guest/visitation policies.

Students will face official warning related to, but not limited to:

  • Multiple or egregious infractions related to the University’s policy on face coverings or physical distancing.
  • Attending a social gathering exceeding room capacity or other university directives based on alert levels.

Student organizations face loss of university recognition for hosting unregistered social gatherings that exceed university policy or local/state orders or violate event gathering guidelines.

Student organizations and groups may also receive interim administrative actions, including ceasing operations and membership testing requirements, for the following:

  • Positive diagnosis to COVID-19 when traced to potential organization activity or affiliation.
  • A cluster of positive diagnosis to COVID-19 (multiple cases within members of the student organization).

Approval to resume operations will come from the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students or designee following compliance with the directives of interim action. Failing to comply with the interim actions may result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct.

University Policies

It is essential that all students, staff and faculty are familiar with and follow university policies designed to promote a healthy Elon community. All community members are encouraged to actively remind and promote adherence to the policies. Failing to comply with such policies may result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct. University policies supporting a Ready & Resilient Elon include: