For the 2023-24 school year, Elon will no longer require students, faculty and staff to report positive COVID-19 test results. According to a university-wide email sent July 10 from Jon Dooley, vice president of student life, the university’s COVID-19 responses will shift to reflect the federal emergency and World Health Organization’s declaration for COVID-19, which ended in May.

Quarantine protocols, isolation locations and contact tracing have been discontinued according to the email. Students are encouraged to bring their own COVID-19 tests to campus or purchase from local pharmacies. Symptomatic students can also receive testing at student health services with an appointment.

Students should also report any absence related to COVID-19, as they would report any illness, and speak directly with faculty. Absences are addressed by individual faculty members according to their syllabi. 

Elon encourages all students and faculty to fully update COVID-19 vaccinations, booster shots and annual flu shots. Vaccine clinics will be held on campus in the fall semester and will be available at all local pharmacies. 

As is encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Elon recommends wearing a mask when symptomatic for any respiratory illness. Masks will remain available at the Moseley Student Center front desk for students and visitors.