Return to Campus


Information for Graduate and Professional Students

Emory University is currently in the process of a multi-phased plan to return gradually to campus to support our missions of research and teaching. The plan began with a return to research at lower density and will continue throughout the summer months.

Important

No one should come to campus until they are notified by their unit they can do so. It is very important that all students who are able to make progress toward their degree remotely continue to do so unless instructed by their dean, department chair, program director, or academic supervisor. 

At this time, undergraduate students are not permitted to return to campus.

All graduate and professional students are expected to comply fully with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined below to ensure a safe return to campus. Adherence to the policies and guidelines requires the cooperation of everyone involved. Failure to do so puts our entire community at risk and may result in disciplinary action.

Anyone returning campus (or currently on campus) will be required to complete six steps below before they receive clearance to report. See “If You Are Instructed to Return to Campus,” below. This is a new guideline, effective May 28, 2020. 

Returning to Campus - Phase 2

This section applies only to those who have been instructed and approved to return to campus in Phase 2 by their dean, department chair, program director, or academic supervisor.

"Return to Campus Guidelines: Graduate and Professional Students" (see PDF below) outlines the safety guidelines that are required to engage in research on campus, the steps needed to be cleared to return to campus, research scenarios, training requirements and policies.

Please read these guidelines to ensure you understand the health and safety protocols that you must adhere to while on campus.

Return to Campus Guidelines: Graduate and Professional Students (PDF)

If You Are Instructed to Return to Campus

If instructed to return, you will receive an email with the required steps to complete before returning.

  1. Complete a Health Screening Questionnaire.
  2. Sign a Return to Campus Expectations Agreement.
  3. Enroll in and complete two courses in the Emory Learning Management System: "Mandatory COVID-19 Phased Return to Campus Training (200845)" and "Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 and What You Should Do (200847–17057)." 
  4. Enroll in the Emergency Notification System in OPUS if you have not previously done so and make sure your mobile phone number is correct. This will be used for contact tracing in the event of COVID-19 exposure. Log into OPUS, choose the Profile tile on the Student Homepage, and on the left choose Emergency Notification. Complete the required information.
  5. Provide a list of close contacts you regularly interact with at Emory (faculty, staff, or students) for contact tracing in the event of COVID-19 exposure. Log into OPUS, choose the Profile tile on the Student Homepage, and on the left choose Contact Tracing. Complete the required information.
  6. (Research Laboratory Only) Complete BioRAFT training for those who will be in research laboratories.

Once you have completed all required steps, you will receive a “Confirmation Email” that you are cleared to return to campus (as directed by your dean, department chair, program director, or academic supervisor). 

If you wish to check on the status of your progress, please visit the following link: https://returntocampus.emory.edu/

For Laney Graduate School (LGS) students

After you have completed the steps above, you must submit one final item to LGS:

  • Use this LGS form
  • Attach to the form the “Confirmation Email” referred to above
  • Attach to the form the email affirming that your access at this stage is critically necessary for your academic progress.

LGS will review and provide your final clearance in an email to you, cc’d to your advisor and program director / director of graduate studies.

Do not report to campus until you have been given this clearance.  

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