Visitor Policy


Emory Visitor Policy during COVID-19 Conditions

Revised 6/17/2022

Emory supports healthy and safe experiences for its campus community through modified operations and policies in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are focused on continuity of university operations and protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students.

The most powerful and effective mitigation action against COVID-19 is vaccination. Emory University requires all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

To mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19 in our community, Emory is committed to maintaining safety and health protocols across its campuses. Visitors accessing campus are expected to align with these policies, principles, and objectives.

Definition of Visitor

Visitors, in general, are not active members of Emory’s faculty, staff, or student populations. Visitors can access campus; however, certain public-facing spaces may enforce additional restrictions or limitations including reduced services, scheduled appointments, vaccination requirements, or other measures. Visitors are asked to comply with the following COVID-19 protocols when on campus:

  • No visitor is allowed on Emory’s campus if infected with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at the time of their visit. Accessing campus shall indicate agreement to follow all campus safety protocols.
  • Visitors must adhere to all current and applicable Emory COVID-19 health and safety protocols at the time of their visit.
  • Some buildings or spaces across the university may still restrict or limit access for visitors.
  • Visitors who refuse or cannot comply with campus protocols will be required to leave campus.

Minors

Anyone under 18 years of age who participates in a sponsored program or camp on Emory’s campuses is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Those with a vaccine exemption or who are not yet vaccine eligible are required to receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of accessing campus.

Overnight Accommodations

Anyone, regardless of age, staying in overnight campus housing as part of a sponsored program or camp is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Those with a vaccine exemption are required to receive a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of accessing campus.

Visitors are asked to review current campus COVID-19 policies and protocols below prior to their visit.

Emory University COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

Emory supports healthy and safe experiences for its campus community through modified operations and implementation of policies in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic. To support this safe and healthy environment, all visitors, vendors, suppliers, service providers, and anyone else accessing campus are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

For more information about obtaining a free COVID-19 vaccine, you can visit Vaccines.gov, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, or contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in your area.  Additionally, members of the general public can schedule a vaccine appointment through Emory Healthcare. If you are still deliberating or concerned about getting the vaccine, Emory Healthcare addresses vaccine questions and concerns through an online video series.  

To mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19 in our community, Emory is committed to maintaining safety and health protocols across its campuses. Visitors accessing campus are expected to align with the following policies, principles, and guidelines:

  • Agree to abide by all federal, state, local, and Emory University mandates, policies, protocols, and procedures related to COVID-19, including all required training and testing.
  • No persons are allowed to be on Emory’s campus or in an Emory facility if they display or have experienced any of these symptoms, or others, as outlined by the CDC:
    • Fever, chills, or cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue, muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • No persons are allowed on Emory’s campus or in an Emory facility if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or required to quarantine based on CDC guidelines.
  • In the event that a visitor or any supplier’s personnel, who is or has been present or performing services on Emory property, tests positive for COVID-19 within two days of being on Emory property, then the visitor or supplier shall:
    • Follow all applicable CDC isolation and quarantine protocols.

      If this situation arises in the context of a construction contract, the supplier shall also notify the appropriate project manager.
  • Everyone should check their temperature daily, prior to visiting Emory’s campus or an Emory facility for any reason and should not come to Emory’s campus or facility if they have a temperature greater than 100F.
  • Because of increased personal risk, unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks indoors. Masking is optional indoors on Emory’s campuses with select exceptions.
  • Visitors should frequently wash or sanitize their hands prior, during, and after providing necessary services on Emory’s campus or at an Emory facility.
  • All suppliers shall supply PPE and disinfectant solution to personnel coming to campus in sufficient quantities.

Additional Expectations

Supplier personnel must be made aware of the following best practices:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable cloth when coughing/sneezing and dispose of the tissue after each use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Limit the use of shared tools and equipment.
  • Disinfect shared tools and equipment after each use.