Student Onboarding Process


If you are a student living on campus or in the area and plan to access campus, you are required to complete the onboarding process.

Student Onboarding

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  1. EMORY STUDENT COMMUNITY COMPACT: Read, review, and agree to the expectations and guidelines outlined in the Student Community Compact.
  2. TRAINING: PUTTING OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY FIRST: Complete the required “Putting our Health and Safety First” training for important health and safety guidelines for campus (physical distancing, face covering requirements, personal protective equipment, hygiene, self-monitoring for symptoms, etc.)
  3. HEALTH ASSESSMENT: Complete a confidential health screening questionnaire that includes questions about your contact with persons who have tested positive, travel, and symptoms you might have experienced.
  4. EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION CONTACT: Enroll in (or review) the Emergency Notification System and ensure your mobile phone number is up-to-date. This number 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. CONTACT TRACING: Provide (or review) a baseline list of close contacts whom you regularly encounter at Emory for the purpose of effective contact tracing in the event of COVID-19 exposure. A close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset. Your baseline contacts should include Emory faculty, staff, and students with whom you expect to interact routinely while on campus. If you are new to campus, you may only have a few contacts to provide. This information can be updated throughout the year. Log into OPUS, choose the Profile tile on the Student Homepage, and on the left, choose Contact Tracing. Complete the required information.
  6. RETURN TO CAMPUS COVID-19 TEST: Emory is committed to creating a safe environment for our community as we return to campus. This includes procedures to ensure our community is healthy upon arrival to campus. COVID-19 screening appointment dates have been pre-determined by your school based on program start dates. COVID-19 screening appointments will continue to be scheduled through the Emory Forward website.

    • Students moving into the residence halls (January 19, 22, 23, 24): COVID-19 "move in screening” is required for students who plan to live in a residence hall during the spring term. The rapid nasal swab will be administered at this appointment and you will receive your results within the hour. Students should schedule their on-campus screening appointment to align with the day they move in. Weekly screening will be required after move in.

    • Students who have remained on campus over winter break will not be required to schedule a rapid nasal swab appointment, but rather should continue their weekly COVID-19 saliva-based screening.  

    • Off-campus students accessing campus (undergraduate, graduate students, and professional schools' students) (Begins January 2): If you are living off campus, but plan to access campus during the spring term, you are required to be screened for COVID-19 and complete the full onboarding process. Click here to schedule your on-campus appointment.

  7. IMMUNIZATION RECORD: It is incredibly important that all students are immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. All health forms are mandatory for move in. If you have not done so, please upload your immunization documents into the student health patient portal (Oxford students, use the Oxford student health portal). Immunization compliance is a requirement for return to campus activities. Immunizations that require a series of vaccinations can be completed after arrival to Emory.
  8. FLU SHOT REQUIREMENT: Emory University now requires that all students returning to campus for the spring semester receive a flu shot. Anyone who has not yet received a flu shot should make sure to get one preferably at least two weeks before returning to campus. Students should work with Student Health Services to ensure the appropriate flu shot documentation is on record. For more information about how to get a free flu vaccination through your student health plan, visit the Student Health Services website. (Oxford students, use Oxford Student Health Services).

Once you have completed all required steps, you will receive a confirmation email that you are cleared for campus activities.

Check Status of Your Progress

NEW! The Student Passport: Beginning in February 2021, individuals will have the ability to show their clearance status on their phones. The passport system will be used for buildings that require proof of clearance before entering. Note that a person’s clearance status may change based on certain circumstances such as testing positive for COVID-19. Once the system registers the change, the dashboards, self-service portal, and passport are updated to reflect the new status.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: If your return to campus includes research activities in laboratories, in settings that include human participants or animals, you may have additional guidelines and procedures that require knowledge about protocols in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit:

All members of the Emory community who plan to be on campus, for any amount of time, must complete the onboarding process.