Our Responsibility


As the Emory community returns to campus, it will be the responsibility of all of us to do what we can to stop and limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses.

Everyone has an important role in the success of our return to campus plan, which begins with agreeing to follow all expectations in the Emory Community Compact. ​As community members, we all must take responsibility for supporting each other in following expectations of the compact. If you encounter another faculty or staff member or a student who doesn't appear to be following guidelines, it is your responsibility to address their behavior by reminding them of the compact and asking how you can help them in following it.

Commit to the Community Compact

The Faculty and Staff Community Compact outlines what you’ll need to do when you return to work and classrooms.

Read the Community Compact
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Doing Your Part

For the good of the community, there will be safeguards, resources, and people in place to help keep everyone safe. However, as those on the frontlines with students who've returned to campus, you’ll have an important role in helping them understand that they must follow safety measures in classrooms, residence halls, and communal spaces, including outdoors. Below are some of the people who will be assisting you in your efforts to help students adjust to the new normal in communal spaces.

Infrastructure for Student Support

Emory Compact Response Team 

The Emory Compact Response Team (ECRT) is comprised of staff and faculty volunteers who will guide our community members in understanding the Community Compact and work to keep Emory safe. Please use the ECRT Referral Form to report concerns associated with the Emory Community Compact for all Emory students.

Peer Educators and Community Compact Proctors

In addition to our individual roles as community members, several peer educator groups and a group of trained community compact proctors will also support our safe engagement on campus by providing guidance and education to the community. If you are interested in receiving a toolkit of information to use in a virtual meeting, event, or classroom, or if you would like to have one of our peer educators speak, please make a request.

Student Behavioral Expectations 

Emory has put in place a community accountability model that outlines necessary safety guidelines. Most violations of the Community Compact will be handled quickly by members of the community, along with appointed Emory representatives, and address compact violations when they occur. 

  1. Community Engagement: For students seen not following the campus safety guidelines, for example, not wearing a ​face covering or not physically distancing, a ​peer, proctor, faculty, or staff member will ​remind them of Emory Community Compact expectations and, if needed, assist with identifying a location to obtain a face covering and other personal protective equipment (PPE) on campus. 
  2. Emory Compact Response Team (ECRT): Referrals related to nonadherence of the Emory Community Compact will be reviewed and resolved by the ECRT.
  3. Student Conduct: Serious, pervasive, and/or repeated violations of the Emory Community Compact will be grounds for a disciplinary review and will be resolved by the applicable student conduct authority of your college or school.

Consequences: Possible student outcomes for not adhering to the Emory Community Compact include referral to university resources for education or loss of privileges to research activities, campus facilities, on-campus residential living, or in-person class instruction. Severe incidents addressed by the student conduct process may lead to suspension or expulsion.  

A Safe Campus

We can do this. We can still enjoy social interactions, just in a careful manner, with an understanding that the safety of our community and our ability to remain on campus lies with all of us.

Community Voices

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Sydney Chung

Emory College Senior

“I believe it’s my moral responsibility to wear a mask every day to protect my family, friends, and community. I view wearing a mask as a sign of respect and compassion for others. I am committed to the Community Compact."

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Kenneth Anthony Jr.

Coordinator, Sorority and Fraternity Life

"For me, a mask symbolizes humanitarianism. It represents the respect that we have for one another and our commitment to reducing the transmission of COVID-19.”

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Emmakristina Sveen

JD/MBA Candidate

“I always keep several masks in different locations, so I always have one on hand. I’m actually starting to feel a little bit like Spiderman, when every time I leave the house I ask myself, 'Do I have my mask?' "