Emory Forward

Fall 2020 Return to Campus


The August 19 arrival of undergraduates on campus marks the official beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.

As we continue a phased-in return to campus throughout this summer, faculty, students, and staff will enter a new environment brought about by the current pandemic. We have worked with our public health experts, relying on the best medical and scientific advice, to implement plans to ensure we create a safe environment for all community members. As the world learns more about COVID-19, our plan will evolve over time and our protocols will be adjusted as needed.  

Although we all will need to adopt different ways of connecting, collaborating, and learning, Emory’s mission remains constant: to deliver quality academic programs, make discoveries that lead to improving and saving lives, and teaching and mentoring students who become leaders in their chosen fields. 

Our New Emory Environment

"While much will be different this fall, there are core elements of the Emory experience that will remain the same: We will deliver courses that meet Emory’s rigorous standards and that are taught by our world-renowned faculty, members of the academic campus community will have access to the tremendous resources of our research university, and students will be part of a community known for its support while our students are pursuing degrees with us and throughout their careers. We will deliver an equivalent Emory experience, knowing the necessity of health and safety protocols will prevent us from providing an identical experience to past years."

Read the entire June 11 message from President Claire E. Sterk and President-Elect Gregory L. Fenves

Watch the Fall Semester Update to the Community

From President Claire E. Sterk

In this video message, President Sterk discusses the plan to return to campus in the fall.

Health and Safety Plan

These health and safety plans were created to assist Emory University students, faculty, and staff who are returning to on-campus activity understand the health and safety measures that will be in place beginning in fall 2020. Please check back frequently, as this information will be regularly updated.

Read the Health and Safety Plan

Living and Learning


Our New Campus Environment

See how members of the Emory community are continuing the university’s mission, and gain some self-care tips about hand washing, physical distancing, and face-covering protocol.

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