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.

We continue to strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students and their families to get vaccinated against Covid-19. In addition, we have made it clear that we expect everyone, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear a mask over their nose and mouth whenever they are inside Embry-Riddle buildings and aircraft at all times, in keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

We have managed to continue with face-to-face instruction and avoid a mask mandate by ensuring everyone understands the safety expectations on our campuses. Please note that wearing a mask is not a requirement to enter a building, but everyone is expected to mask up in classrooms and aircraft.

In addition, we are continuing to urge everyone to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if they are sick. Embry-Riddle is following best practices to keep facilities and high-touch surfaces clean and sanitized.

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.

All Covid-19 testing and vaccination will be covered under the CARES Act. At this time, individuals will not incur any out-of-pocket expense.

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.

Health Services

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.

We continue to strongly encourage all faculty, staff, students and their families to get vaccinated against Covid-19. In addition, we have made it clear that we expect everyone, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, to wear a mask over their nose and mouth whenever they are inside Embry-Riddle buildings and aircraft at all times, in keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

We have managed to continue with face-to-face instruction and avoid a mask mandate by ensuring everyone understands the safety expectations on our campuses. Please note that wearing a mask is not a requirement to enter a building, but everyone is expected to mask up in classrooms and aircraft.

In addition, we are continuing to urge everyone to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if they are sick. Embry-Riddle is following best practices to keep facilities and high-touch surfaces clean and sanitized.

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.

All Covid-19 testing and vaccination will be covered under the CARES Act. At this time, individuals will not incur any out-of-pocket expense.

In navigating the Covid-19 pandemic, Embry-Riddle has been following U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance. Embry-Riddle has further noted that the best way to avoid quarantine is to get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors.

Embry-Riddle’s healthcare professionals will determine who needs to quarantine or isolate, taking into account CDC guidance and the specific circumstances of each case.

Be aware that each case, and each individual’s particular symptoms, may be different. Our healthcare professionals will exercise their best judgment in applying CDC protocols for quarantine and isolation. The responsibilities of students who are instructed to isolate were announced prior to the start of the fall semester, on July 30. Please refer to our previous message here.

CDC guidelines and information on what to expect are provided below:

Again, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors.

Remember that, per CDC guidance, if you are in a class and one student tests positive for Covid-19, but you are vaccinated, wearing a mask and asymptomatic, you will not need to quarantine.

In contrast, if you are unvaccinated in the same classroom, you may need to quarantine, per CDC guidance. You won’t be able to attend classes, flight training, athletics or any other activities in person until you’ve completed the quarantine period.

You have the power to minimize your risks.

Embry-Riddle’s quarantine and isolation protocols are based on CDC guidance.

 

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.

  • 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.

For Faculty

To report a potential exposure to Covid-19 and/or a confirmed illness, contact the Health Services team on the Daytona Beach Campus (dbhealth@erau.edu / 386-226-7917); or the Health & Wellness Center team on the Prescott Campus (prwellnesscenter@erau.edu / 928-777-6653). If you have been exposed or you are having symptoms, do not come onto campus until you have been cleared by our healthcare professionals.

If you may have been exposed to Covid-19, understanding what to do can be challenging because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) updates its guidance frequently. Therefore, Embry-Riddle’s healthcare professionals will be responsible for determining the best course of action for those within our community who may have been exposed to Covid-19, are exhibiting symptoms, or have tested positive.

The CDC advised that:

  • Vaccinated people who are exposed to a positive Covid-19 case do not need to quarantine but should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if no symptoms are present.
  • The CDC further advises that vaccinated people “should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure” – until test results are negative.
  • Breakthrough infections in vaccinated people are rare, but if your test results do come back positive, you will be instructed to isolate for 10 days.
  • If you are unvaccinated and you are exposed to Covid-19, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Be aware of and report any symptoms. If symptoms occur, you must get tested. Again, contact our healthcare professionals.

Again, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors.

These common-sense steps are voluntary at Embry-Riddle, but we hope that everyone will demonstrate their Eagle spirit by making responsible choices, to help keep our community as safe as possible.

No. In keeping with its mission of education, and with safe, effective Covid-19 vaccines now widely and freely available, the university has resumed normal operations. Residential campus classes will be taught face to face, as scheduled. Faculty must also be available for in-person office hours with students.

To help minimize health risks for everyone, all faculty, staff, students and their families are strongly encouraged to do two things – get vaccinated against Covid-19, in keeping with CDC guidance, and wear face masks indoors, as recommended on July 27, 2021.

In case of illness, employees are urged to contact their personal physician, and notify the healthcare professionals on their campus. Do not come onto Embry-Riddle’s campuses if you are sick.

To report a potential exposure to Covid-19 and/or a confirmed illness, contact the Health Services team on the Daytona Beach Campus (dbhealth@erau.edu / 386-226-7917); or the Health & Wellness Center team on the Prescott Campus (prwellnesscenter@erau.edu / 928-777-6653).

Employees with questions about employment arrangements may contact Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Brandon Young.

A faculty member who becomes ill, or is in quarantine or isolation, should coordinate with their Department Chair, as they normally would do, to ensure coverage of classes.

Contact your healthcare provider if you are sick. Do not come onto Embry-Riddle’s campuses if you are sick. Notify the university healthcare team on your campus if you believe you have been exposed to Covid-19, or if you have a confirmed case of the illness.  

Contact the Health Services team on the Daytona Beach Campus (dbhealth@erau.edu / 386-226-7917); or the Health & Wellness Center team on the Prescott Campus (prwellnesscenter@erau.edu / 928-777-6653).

Embry-Riddle leadership on Aug. 31, 2021 has made it clear that they expect everyone – including employees, students and visitors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated – to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth whenever they are inside university buildings or our aircraft. This is consistent with CDC guidance. Face masks have been made widely available across campus.

In the event that a student is unable to attend class due to any type of illness, or because they need to quarantine or isolate, faculty should help those students complete their courses, as they always would do. Faculty should use whatever resources they can reasonably leverage on their campus, and in their particular classroom. They are encouraged to consult with colleagues in the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence as well as their Department Chair to determine the best approach. As a first step toward ensuring readiness, all course materials should be posted to Canvas.

Faculty should be flexible with class attendance policies, as we want to encourage students to report illness or exposure, to stay home if they are sick, and follow any directions to quarantine or isolate.

On a case-by-case basis, the Dean of Students on your campus may provide verification of absences to faculty members, on behalf of students, related to emergency situations such as a death in the family or other extenuating medical circumstances, including Covid-related quarantines. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with their instructors for completing assignments, quizzes, exams or other class requirements.

Faculty should report this information directly to the Health Services team on the Daytona Beach Campus (dbhealth@erau.edu / 386-226-7917), or the Health & Wellness Center team on the Prescott Campus (prwellnesscenter@erau.edu / 928-777-6653).

Faculty at the Daytona Beach Campus can assign seating, which could help with social distancing and contact tracing. At the Prescott Campus, faculty will be required to create a seating chart for their class to facilitate contact tracing. An informational video is accessible to faculty, online here.

No – faculty cannot “require” masks to be worn in the classroom or during office hours. However, in keeping with the university message of Aug. 31, faculty can make it clear that they expect students to wear masks over their nose and mouth whenever they are inside Embry-Riddle buildings and aircraft. 

Faculty can include virtual meetings for convenience, but they cannot be used as a substitute for regular in-person office hours; office hours can be held in other locations to allow for more social distancing. Faculty interested in finding alternative space for in-person office hours, such as a conference room, should contact their Department Chair. 

Meetings can be held online for convenience purposes only.

The student can make use of the Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawal (ECW) process. Their circumstance will then be reviewed by committee. Go to https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?EmbryRiddleDaytona&layout_id=6).

The university is currently distributing its latest test results each Friday via email, and by posting the information to Embry-Riddle’s Covid-19 information webpage as well as our Intranet, ERNIE. See https://erau.edu/coronavirus/testing-results.

International Students

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

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