Candler Forward:
Continuing Through COVID-19

Updated 9/2/21

This page contains the key points of COVID-19 mitigation strategies that impact daily life at Candler. For the most complete information about Emory University’s COVID-19 protocols, visit the Emory Forward website.


  • Emory University is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be immunized for COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester, with some exemptions allowed. More information about the vaccine and the exemption process is on the Emory Forward vaccine page.
  • Emory faculty, staff and students can find locations to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine, free of charge, on Emory Forward.
  • Faculty, staff, and students who have requested an exemption from vaccination or who are not yet fully vaccinated (two weeks past receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine) and plan to access campus will be required to conduct a weekly screening test. Schedule a screening test.
  • Vaccination percentage rates are available on Emory’s COVID-19 dashboard. Percentage rates will be regularly updated along with the other COVID-related metrics tracked since June 2020.
  • Masks are still required in all indoor public and common spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. If you have a private office with a door, you may remove your mask if the door is closed. If you prefer to work in your office with the door open, please remain masked.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, when gathering in groups and/or physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Please refrain from eating in indoor public spaces in Candler’s buildings. This includes individuals and those eating in groups. Several nearby outdoor spaces are good spots for lunch or snacks: the Candler Plaza adjacent to the Atrium, Rudolph Courtyard, the Cannon Chapel breezeway, the side patio off Brooks Commons, the Quad, the courtyard of the chemistry building, and the tables adjacent to the PAIS building. Signs will be posted in all common areas to alert people to this policy.
  • In the case of heavy wind or rain, individuals may eat in common areas in Candler’s buildings if they maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others.
  • There are some restrictions on gathering size and location for on- and off-campus events. Gatherings must adhere to current Emory health and safety protocols. Details on event and gathering policy.
  • General campus-wide visitor restrictions are lifted. Visitors are welcome to access campus; however, certain public-facing spaces may enforce additional restrictions or limitations including reduced services, scheduled appointments, or other measures. More on the visitor policy.
  • To report a COVID-19 event, visit Emory Forward’s reporting instructions page. A “COVID-19” event includes experiencing symptoms, a community or workplace exposure, or an external positive test.