Ahead of the start of Elon University’s 2022-23 academic year, Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley announced information about policies and protocols intended to mitigate the spread of COVID and ways to support those who become ill in a university-wide email July 28. 

The email comes as Alamance County rises to high levels of community COVID-19 transmission. New student move-in begins Aug. 19 and classes start Aug. 23. 

“As we prepare for the start of fall semester, we are closely monitoring issues related to COVID-19, especially the cautions raised by the CDC and health officials about the contagious nature of the current virus variants,” Dooley wrote. 

Almost all of the Elon campus community is fully vaccinated, according to Dooley. 

Elon is continuing the COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot requirement and students were required to upload documentation to the Phoenix Health Portal by July 1. In the email, Dooley encouraged all students, faculty and staff to receive the annual flu vaccine when it becomes available, as well. There will be a number of flu vaccine clinics held on campus throughout the fall and winter. 

Elon will continue its indoor mask optional policy for all on campus spaces.

Regular testing will not be required, but asymptomatic testing will be offered on campus during the fall semester. The schedule for that testing will be announced at the start of the semester. 

“We recommend that students and families use a home antigen test shortly before returning to campus,” Dooley wrote. 

The email did not indicate whether Elon will require students, staff or faculty to receive a second booster shot.