Candler Forward:
Continuing Through COVID-19

Updated 1/4/22

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.


  • Spring semester courses will begin as scheduled in a remote format, with an expected return to in-person, on-campus learning on January 31, as health and safety conditions permit.
  • All students will be required to complete a negative PCR test 48 hours or a negative antigen test (includes at-home tests) 24 hours before returning to campus. Students must receive a negative test and complete the attestation form on the Emory Forward testing page prior to returning to campus for any reason.
  • Emory University is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 for the spring semester, with exemptions only for those with approved medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. The deadline to verify booster status is Wednesday, January 19, 2022. For details, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine page on Emory Forward.
  • Emory faculty, staff and students can find locations to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine, free of charge, on Emory Forward. Booster locations can be found at
  • Faculty, staff, and students who have received 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.
  • 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.