We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic while planning for fall semester. Visit Emory Forward for the latest university updates.

Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Fall 2020 Return to Campus

As of 07/28/2020

For the health and safety of our community, Emory University has announced updated plans for the fall term that include changes designed to reduce population density on campus. The university formulated these plans in response to current COVID-19 conditions in the Atlanta area and in close consultation with public health and other experts. 

Some of the most notable changes affect undergraduates more than graduate students, such as reducing dorm rooms to single occupancy and primarily inviting freshman to campus. Others affect all students uniformly, such as a new onboarding process for all students who plan to be on campus, including a requirement for Emory-sponsored COVID-19 testing before arrival. Faculty and staff who expect to be on campus will complete a separate onboarding process.

Details of Emory University’s overall plan can be found on the Emory Forward website. Because of its role as a graduate professional school, Candler has tailored some aspects of the Emory plan to create a Candler-specific plan that addresses our context and curricular commitments.

Highlights of Candler’s Plan for Fall 2020

  • Classes will be offered in online, hybrid, and in-person formats.
  • All students who will be on campus for any amount of time are required to complete a seven-step student onboarding process, details of which are outlined here.
  • All faculty and staff who expect to be on campus for any amount of time are required to complete a separate onboarding process.
  • Classes will start on Monday, August 24 and in-person classes will conclude before Thanksgiving break, with finals conducted remotely after Thanksgiving break. To allow for this compression, we will hold classes on Labor Day (Sept. 7) and during the previously scheduled fall break.
  • For the health of the community, all students, faculty, and staff on campus will be expected to adhere to Emory’s health and safety guidelines as outlined in the Emory Community Compact, including (but not limited to) wearing face coverings/masks, observing appropriate physical distancing, testing, health screenings, and self-monitoring.
  • The course schedule has been adjusted to note the format of all classes (online, hybrid, or in-person), and in some cases, starting and ending times be have changed slightly to allow more time between class sessions. Also, the room location of some in-person classes may have changed in order to allow appropriate physical distancing. The updated Fall schedule was published July 1 and is available here.
  • In all major courses and many others, students who are unable to attend class in person due to an underlying health concern or other issue may participate remotely.
  • Details of the plan may change in response to new discoveries or emergent situations surrounding the pandemic.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve assembled the answers to some of the most pressing questions you may have about fall semester at Candler. Please consult this page frequently, as new information will be added regularly.

What is Candler’s plan for fall semester?

Candler will offer a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online courses this fall. In-person and hybrid courses will have on-campus sessions.


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When will fall semester classes start at Candler?

Candler’s August term will take place as planned from August 10 to August 21. The first day of classes for Candler’s regular fall semester will be Monday, August 24.


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When will classes end?

Most instruction and all on-campus instruction will end before Thanksgiving Break, which will now begin Wednesday, November 25.


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When will final exams be held?

Final exams/assessments are planned to take place remotely after Thanksgiving break.


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Will new student orientation still take place?

  1. Yes! Our Office of Student Life has designed meaningful orientation programming for all new students, including online community building modules and information sessions, and an abbreviated in-person orientation Aug. 19-21 for those who can come to campus. New students, be sure to check your email for your weekly “Notes from Candler” newsletter for the latest on orientation and other important to-do’s.

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Will my scholarship or tuition change according to the type of classes I take (in-person, online, or hybrid)?

No. Your scholarship award(s) and tuition will remain the same regardless of the mode of your classes.


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How will Emory address questions of health and safety on campus?

Emory’s COVID-19 health and safety measures are based on CDC guidelines and further recommendations of public health experts. The Emory Forward website has a comprehensive section on campus safety measures, which include a combination of health screening and reporting, access to testing, enhanced cleaning, physical distancing, reduced density on campus, requiring face coverings/masks, and contact tracing. All students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus this fall are required to complete an onboarding process and agree to a community compact that outlines expected behaviors to protect the health and safety of the community.


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How does this affect the fall schedule?

The course schedule for Fall 2020 has been adjusted to note the format of all classes (online, hybrid, or in-person), and in some cases, starting and ending times have been changed slightly to allow more time between class sessions. Also, the room location of some in-person classes may have changed in order to allow appropriate physical distancing. The updated Fall schedule is available here.


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The format or time of a class I registered for no longer works for me. How can I address this?

You may change your schedule in OPUS during the Add/Drop/Swap period, which runs Aug. 1-31. More information is available here on the Candler Registrar’s web page.


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I am taking all my classes online this semester, and I don’t plan to visit campus for any reason. Do I still need to complete the onboarding process?

No. If you are not planning to come to campus at all during the fall term, you DO NOT need to complete the onboarding process.


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If I am unable to attend in-person courses because of an underlying health condition or other reasons, how can I take classes?

Candler will offer a range of courses in a fully online format. We will also offer remote access to most other courses that are taught in an in-person or hybrid mode, especially core curricular courses.


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If I am attending courses on campus and become symptomatic or need to quarantine, will I be able to continue my coursework remotely?

Yes. We are making provision for students who are temporarily unable to come to campus to continue their coursework remotely.


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Are international travelers required to quarantine upon arrival to campus?

No. Students arriving on campus from all locations will be tested upon arrival at Emory, advised to monitor for signs and symptoms, and have access to Student Health Services resources.


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How will parking and bus service be affected?

Check Emory’s Parking & Transportation website for an updated timeline for permit registration, fall parking assignments, fall shuttle schedules, and other relevant information.


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May a friend or family member accompany me to campus?

In the interest of the health and safety of our campus community, visitors are not allowed on campus at this time. This decision will be revisited once COVID-19 conditions improve in Atlanta.


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