Homecoming Protocols

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Homecoming 2021 is being planned based on the current CDC recommendations and NCDHHS guidelines related to COVID-19.  These events can change at any time. Please continue to monitor all messages related to updates on Homecoming. 


  • Proof of vaccination – All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination with photo ID (State issued ID or University ID); or 
  • COVID-19 Test within 72 hours – Guests who do not have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event with accompanying photo ID (State issued ID or University ID).
  • Guests 12 and older will also be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result.  Guests under the age of 12 will be required to wear a mask at all times.

READ: Message from the Chancellor regarding Homecoming protocols


Guests will be required to check-in at one of several check-in stations conveniently located on and off campus to ensure an efficient and timely process.

The Main Check-in Station (Apex Solutions) is located in the parking lot directly behind the Robert L. Vaughan Center.  When you arrive to the check-in station, volunteers will be on-site to assist you by providing further instructions based on your vaccination and testing status.

Guests may expect to receive the following services when they arrive at the Main Check-in Station.

  • Verification of Proof of Vaccination and accompanying photo ID
  • Verification of Negative COVID-19 Test Result and accompanying photo ID
  • Receive Wristband according to vaccination or testing status
  • Receive a free COVID-19 Rapid Test if needed (waiting time approximately 15-30 minutes)

testing dates

Satellite Check-in Stations will be located in areas throughout campus as well as at the main host hotels in the City of Elizabeth City for the convenience of our alumni and friends of the university.  Volunteers will be located in the lobby of the following host hotels and at the K.E. White Center to verify vaccination and testing documentation.  Guests who show appropriate documentation will receive their wristband and will not have to visit the Main Check-in Station on the main campus.


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Apex Solutions is the official partner of ECSU regarding all COVID-19 testing on-campus.  Apex Solutions is located in the parking lot directly behind the Robert L. Vaughan Center.  Directional signs will be placed around campus to direct guests to the “Check-in Station.”

Guests who have proof of vaccination or can present a negative COVID-19 test result but arrive to an event without a wristband may gain entrance into the event after documents have been verified by a Volunteer at that specific event. However, if you cannot provide appropriate documentation (vaccination or negative test) and the testing site has closed, you will not be allowed to enter the event.  No exceptions.  

Replacement wristbands are available for guests who show appropriate documentation (proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test).

If you take a COVID-19 PCR test, you will receive your test results in approximately 2-3 days based on your provider.  ECSU will count the day you tested for 72 hours and not the day you receive the test results.  Please refer to the Testing Verification Schedule below.


Anyone who is experiencing symptoms or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 prior to any Homecoming event is asked to exercise sound judgment by not attending. It is critical that you do not put others at risk.
If you arrive to campus and begin to experience symptoms or become exposed to someone with COVID-19, and need to test, please visit Apex Solutions (main check-in station). If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

  • For vaccinated guests, please check with your state’s health agency for information on official electronic vaccination cards.  If you retrieve an official electronic copy of your proof of vaccination through your state, you may use your mobile device to show your electronic vaccination card at check-in to avoid carrying around the physical card.
  • Guests who have a copy of their vaccination and/or negative COVID-19 test result (within 72 hours of the event) on their mobile device may provide it at the check-in station.

  • Guests who have been vaccinated in North Carolina (only); Apex Solutions will be able to assist you if you lose your physical vaccination card.

  • Due to the anticipated number of guests who will be attending Homecoming events, it is highly suggested that you factor in verification and screening time for each event (approximately 30 minutes).  

As of August 3, 2021, per the Chancellor’s Communique, all ECSU faculty, staff, and students are required to wear masks or face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. We will require all visitors to wear a mask when they enter any enclosed spaces on campus except when actively eating or drinking. At this time no masks are required outdoors. 

No specific type of mask is required as long as it covers both a person’s nose and mouth. We ask that you bring your own mask or face covering to campus.  It wouldn’t hurt to bring extra! 

Yes. There is a capacity limitation on indoor events to allow for adequate social distancing.  Please be sure to purchase tickets in advance for indoor ticketed events. 

Yes. Social distancing is strongly enforced at all Homecoming events to include the Football Game, Block Party and other events hosted on campus (indoors and outdoors)

Yes, the Mr. and Miss Elizabeth City State University Coronation and Community Connections events will be held in-person, but live streamed for your enjoyment if you are not able to attend.  Please tune in on the ECSU YouTube Chanel.  Please note, if the University decides to pivot due to COVID-19 guidelines, the Homecoming Committee will consider providing a Virtual Homecoming Experience. 

This decision is due to the increased prevalence of the Delta COVID-19 variant--including among people who are vaccinated--in many parts across the nation that includes areas from which our alumni, families, and guests are traveling. While we are fortunate to have an increasing vaccination rate on campus, we must be vigilant to ensure the health and safety of our students and campus community, including those who are vaccinated and may be asymptomatic or experiencing “breakthrough” cases.