Our Responsibility

As the Emory community returns to campus this fall, it's up to all of us to do what we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses.

Every Emory student, faculty member, and staff member has a role to play in adhering to community guidelines and helping others do so as well. This is important so we can all stay healthy and remain on campus this fall. 

Doing Your Part

As a student who will be on campus, you have an important role in following safety measures in the classroom, in residence halls, and in communal spaces, including outdoors. You will need to commit to the Student Community Compact and follow expected behavioral guidelines.

Commit to the Community Compact

Read the Student Community Compact to be sure you understand the behavior expected of you and all students who return to campus this fall.

Read the Community Compact
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Take Part in the Community Effort

It Starts with You

You have an important role in the success of our return to campus plan, which begins with you agreeing to follow all expectations in the Emory Community Compact. ​In addition, as community members we all must take responsibility for supporting each other in following expectations of the compact. If you encounter another student who appears to not be following expectations, it is your responsibility to address their behavior by reminding them of the compact and asking if you can be helpful to them in following the expectations.  

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.

Follow Behavioral Expectations 

Emory has put in place a community accountability model that outlines required health and safety guidelines and the steps needed to assist us all in having a safe and healthy community. Most incidents of nonadherence to the Community Compact will not result in a disciplinary record. Rather, they will be handled quickly using a community accountability model in which appointed Emory representatives, along with every member of the community—including you—address compact violations when they occur. 

  1. Community Engagement: It will take all of us to help with keeping our community members safe. If you are seen not following the campus safety guidelines, for example, not wearing a ​face covering or not physically distancing, then a ​peer, proctor, faculty, or staff member will ​remind you of the 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. Community Response: Referrals related to nonadherence of the Emory Community Compact will be reviewed and resolved by the Emory Compact Response Team (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 outcomes for not adhering to the Emory Community Compact include referral to university resource for education, loss of privileges to research activities, campus facilities, on-campus residential living, or in-person class instruction. Incidents addressed within the Student Conduct process for severe incidents can lead to suspension or expulsion. 

Enjoy Your Safe Return to Campus

We can do this. This fall, 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 through the semester 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?' "