Student Onboarding Process

Below is the mandatory process that all students are required to complete in order to gain access to campus for any amount of time.

Even with our safety measures in place, it is important for Emory to maintain a low density on campus. If you are planning to be on campus for any amount of time this fall, you are required to complete the clearance process. If you are not planning to return to campus at any time, you DO NOT need to complete this clearance process.

If you were previously approved to return to campus (engaged in critical activities during COVID-19, approved for “return to research” activity during summer term, etc.), you do not have to repeat the all onboarding items. Check Status of Your Progress system (below) will identify and prompt you to complete only the new items that are now required for the fall term.

Student Onboarding

  1. EMORY STUDENT COMMUNITY COMPACT: Review and acknowledge expectations and guidelines for the new campus environment.
  2. TRAINING: PUTTING OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY FIRST: Complete the required training for physical distancing, face covering requirements, other personal protective equipment, hygiene, self-monitoring for symptoms, and other important health and safety guidelines for campus. Complete the course by clicking this link to take the "Putting our Health and Safety First" course. 
  3. HEALTH ASSESMENT: Complete a confidential health screening questionnaire that includes questions about your exposure to COVID-19, contact with persons who have tested positive, travel, and symptoms you might have experienced.
  4. EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION CONTACT: Enroll in 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 a baseline list of close contacts with 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 anyone who has been within 6 feet of you for 15 minutes or more. 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. COVID-19 TEST: Emory is committed to creating a safe environment for our community as we return to campus this year. This includes new procedures to ensure our community is healthy upon arrival to campus. COVID-19 testing will be required for all students to return to campus. Students should schedule their on-campus testing to align as close as possible with their return to campus arrival dates.
  7. IMMUNIZATION RECORD: It is more important than ever during a pandemic 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 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.

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

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.