Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

No. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is not requiring Covid-19 vaccinations. However, based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we are strongly encouraging everyone within our community to get vaccinated.

From the start of the pandemic, Embry-Riddle has worked hard to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks on our residential campuses, given that we have thousands of students living in congregate housing. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. We also want to continue providing an in-person education. For students with a goal to fly or fix aircraft, for example, face-to-face instruction is critical. For career seekers, please be aware that some aviation and aerospace employers have already announced that new hires will need to be vaccinated.

Embry-Riddle fully understands that vaccination may not be appropriate for every individual, such as those with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs. We expect all Eagles to be kind and respectful of one another.

With U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines evolving rapidly in response to increased Covid-19 vaccinations, Embry-Riddle has been moving quickly to ease safety restrictions. Please check this page regularly.

Our protocols as of May 21, 2021 are as follows:

  • Masks are optional for students, faculty, staff and guests at Embry-Riddle. If you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to continue wearing a mask.
  • In keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated against Covid-19, but no one is required to do so.
  • Everyone is asked to practice rigorous hand hygiene and assist in regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
  • Do not come onto our campuses if you feel sick.
The strict safety precautions in place across Embry-Riddle’s campuses will also be applied within the residence halls. The university has placed a large supply of approved anti-viral disinfectant in all residence halls to increase overall cleanliness and safety. Students will be living together in residence hall rooms as they would with their own family members, but sleeping head-to-toe to reduce contact. The university will continue to communicate frequently with students regarding the importance of adhering to all health precautions, wherever they go and whatever they are doing.

For members of our community who show symptoms of Covid-19, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s healthcare professionals provide rapid diagnostic testing, followed by contact tracing. Additional testing is available on a weekly basis for those who are concerned that they may have been exposed to the virus.

To better accommodate families planning trips to campus around the peak holiday travel season, the Daytona Beach commencement date was rescheduled four days earlier in December. In addition, an in-person commencement event for Daytona Beach Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 impacted by Covid-19 related in-person ceremony cancellations is scheduled for Dec. 15. Additional information is available at the Daytona Beach Graduation webpage.

Academics and Technology

Faculty completed training over the summer that prepared them to transition their face-to-face courses to online delivery, if need be. They are prepared to help students continue in their face-to-face courses remotely during the time students may need to self-quarantine or if they are unable to attend class due to illness.

Health Services

Please visit this page to see the latest information about on-campus vaccination clinics. The Prescott Campus began offering on-campus vaccinations in March, and the Daytona Beach Campus began its on-campus vaccination in April. The campus community will be notified by email and ERNIE when additional opportunities become available. In the meantime, vaccines may be available at other locations. 

Websites with vaccination information for various regions include:

No. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is not requiring Covid-19 vaccinations. However, based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we are strongly encouraging everyone within our community to get vaccinated.

From the start of the pandemic, Embry-Riddle has worked hard to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks on our residential campuses, given that we have thousands of students living in congregate housing. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. We also want to continue providing an in-person education. For students with a goal to fly or fix aircraft, for example, face-to-face instruction is critical. For career seekers, please be aware that some aviation and aerospace employers have already announced that new hires will need to be vaccinated.

Embry-Riddle fully understands that vaccination may not be appropriate for every individual, such as those with medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs. We expect all Eagles to be kind and respectful of one another.

With U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines evolving rapidly in response to increased Covid-19 vaccinations, Embry-Riddle has been moving quickly to ease safety restrictions. Please check this page regularly.

Our protocols as of May 21, 2021 are as follows:

  • Masks are optional for students, faculty, staff and guests at Embry-Riddle. If you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to continue wearing a mask.
  • In keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated against Covid-19, but no one is required to do so.
  • Everyone is asked to practice rigorous hand hygiene and assist in regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
  • Do not come onto our campuses if you feel sick.

For members of our community who show symptoms of Covid-19, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s healthcare professionals provide rapid diagnostic testing, followed by contact tracing. Additional testing is available on a weekly basis for those who are concerned that they may have been exposed to the virus.

Out of an abundance of caution, anyone deemed to be at higher risk for transmission of Covid-19 must be kept away from the rest of the campus community. This may be achieved through quarantine or isolation, depending on the circumstances, and in keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines.

Seemingly healthy students who may have been exposed to Covid-19 because they have had close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case will be asked to self-quarantine. (Close contact is defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as 15 minutes or more of exposure, closer than six feet, with no face covering.)

In contrast, infected students who have tested positive for Covid-19 must self-isolate, remaining completely separate from others who are not sick. See below for more information on quarantine versus isolation.

Shelter in Place is a hybrid approach that may be selected by Embry-Riddle healthcare professionals if an individual is awaiting test results after being randomly selected for testing, for example, or feels sick but suspects seasonal allergies/flu/cold, etc. For instance, a student in a single room may be instructed to simply shelter in place, under certain circumstances.

Please also see our infographic on what to do if you are isolated or quarantined.

Yes – always. Embry-Riddle holds individual Covid-19 test results in strictest confidence. We do not publicly disclose anyone’s individual, confidential test results, under any circumstances. Confirmed positive cases will be reported by our authorized health services professionals to designated health agencies only, in keeping with legal requirements.

If an individual tests positive for Covid-19, Embry-Riddle’s certified contract tracer will reach out to anyone who may have had close contact with that person. Out of an abundance of caution, those who may have been exposed will be instructed to quarantine. Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to the virus should contact the health services unit on their campus immediately. Likewise, faculty, staff or students who are concerned about the health of a student or employee should notify health services.

To help everyone make informed decisions and enhance health precautions, Embry-Riddle issues a weekly report that discloses only anonymized, aggregated Covid-19 test results for each campus. We do not disclose any individual’s name, gender, or other potentially identifying information.

It is understood that Embry-Riddle is a relatively small community, and therefore everyone in the community is instructed to help uphold confidentiality. If a name is disclosed in a classroom setting or elsewhere, for example, remind all that individual test results must never be disclosed. Moreover, since it is impossible to confirm Covid-19 cases without seeing actual test results, speculation is not helpful or responsible.

  • If you experience difficulty breathing or chest pains, call 911.
  • Contact Campus Safety since they can direct first responders to your location (Daytona Beach: 386-226-SAFE [7233] / Prescott: 928-777-3333). You can also use the new EagleGuardian smartphone app to contact Campus Safety.

Covid-19 symptoms vary but may include a fever, dry cough, fatigue, body aches, loss of taste or smell, and/or sore throat. Here’s what to do if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Stay home or in your residence hall.
  • Contact your academic advisor to let them know you cannot attend class. Rest assured that all faculty are prepared to work with students who become ill.
  • Contact the health services unit on your campus (Daytona Beach: 386-226-7917 / Prescott: 928-777-6653).
  • Remember that you have Telehealth Services on a 24/7 basis (Daytona Beach: www.telehealth4students.com / Prescott: www.telehelp4students.com).
  • If you are confirmed with Covid-19, Embry-Riddle’s health services team will stay in close contact with you. Embry-Riddle will work to ensure your wellbeing if you become ill.
  • Clearance to return to campus life must be provided by Embry-Riddle Health Services professionals in accordance with local health authorities and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • If you feel sick, do not attend classes or work.
  • Contact your medical provider if you have a fever, respiratory distress, and/or flu-like symptoms.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, shirt sleeve, or a tissue (not your hands). Throw used tissues into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing food, cups, utensils or other items.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as potentially infectious.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and get adequate sleep.
  • Refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website.

If you’re concerned you might be sick and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath, stay in place, avoid contact with others, and call the health services unit on your campus or your local health department. You will be provided with instructions. You will require medical clearance before you will be able to return to campus.

If you believe that you may have been in close contact with someone who has potentially been exposed to Covid-19, you should self-isolate for 14 days.

The Health Services (Daytona Beach Campus / 386-226-7917) and Wellness Center (Prescott Campus / 928-777-6653) are fully operational and ready to serve students. Students who need to see a physician and have United Health Care Student Resources can access telemedicine at www.telehealth4students.com. In this way, students can gain access to board-certified physicians via phone and/or video. As an insured student with United Health Care Student Resources, there is no consultation fee for this service and it is covered 100% during the policy period. Students with private health insurance should contact their health insurance provider for directions as to how you can access telemedicine.

Prescott Campus After-Hours Health Options

  • Access teledoc 24/7 anytime and anywhere at www.telehealth4students to speak to a board certified physician.
  • Campus Safety 928-777-3333
  • Seek assistance at various urgent care center or walk-in clinics throughout the area.
  • Thumb Butte Urgent Care 928-445-7085
  • Nexcare Urgent Care 928-443-503
  • YRMC Fast Track 928-445-2700
  • Prescott Valley Urgent Care 928-772-2591
  • For life-threatening emergencies call 911.

Daytona Beach Campus After-Hours Health Options

  • Access teledoc 24/7 anytime and anywhere at www.telehealth4students.com to speak to a board certified physician
  • Campus Safety at 386-226-7233 to gain access to  on-call campus emergency medical technicians
  • Seek assistance at various urgent care center or walk-in clinics throughout the area
  • For life-threatening emergencies Halifax Health Medical Center or Advent Health.

International Students

Questions pertaining to newly admitted and continuing international students can be found on the International Student FAQ page

For Faculty

Embry-Riddle contracts with custodial services to regularly clean classrooms, labs and resident hall restrooms, with a specific focus on disinfecting high-traffic areas in academic buildings. Hand sanitizer stations are set up inside buildings throughout each campus, available for every student, faculty and staff member, along with disinfectants provided inside of classrooms for cleaning of workspaces prior to classes beginning.    

A faculty member awaiting Covid-19 test results, or one who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, will be directed by Embry-Riddle health safety staff to quarantine. During this period, faculty members will need to pivot coursework online in order to continue teaching. In this situation, the faculty member should be in contact with their department chair and clearly communicate to their students about the transition. If there is a faculty partner for the course, the partner may substitute for face-to-face delivery during the quarantine period.

Important Contact Information

  • Division of International Programs, Daytona Beach – (386) 323-8133
  • Center for International Programs & Services, Prescott – (928) 777-3429
  • Embry-Riddle Health Services Department, Daytona Beach – (386) 226-7917
  • Embry-Riddle Wellness Center, Prescott – (928) 777-6653
  • Florida Department of Health – (386) 316-5030
  • Arizona Department of Health Services – (602) 542-1025
  • Embry-Riddle Campus Safety, Daytona Beach – (386) 226-6480
  • Embry-Riddle Campus Safety, Prescott – (928) 777-3333
  • Embry-Riddle Worldwide, Dean of Students – 800-522-6787
    worldwide@erau.edu
  • Media Queries – Ginger Pinholster (386) 226-4811
  • Special Travel Permissions – intltravel@erau.edu