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COVID-19 Student Resources & FAQs


The Economics Department is dedicated to supporting our undergraduate and graduate students during this time. All faculty and staff are accessible through email to address questions and concerns.

To maintain choices for our students, Emory will offer expanded online class options that are designed for a comprehensive remote learning experience.

  • Undergraduate, on-campus classes will be limited to courses that must be taken in-person for students to make meaningful progress toward graduation in the coming academic year (this will predominantly apply to seniors), international students, select first-year seminars, and a small number of courses that mandate in-person labs, performance and studio time, academic research, or necessitate campus-specific library access.
  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors not included in the categories listed above will have remote-only learning this fall. 
  • Graduate and professional programs are being addressed on a case-by-case basis with online classes offered for those courses that do not necessitate in-person instruction.
  • A Community Compact must be completed by all returning studentsfaculty, and staff.
  • Below is the mandatory process that all students are required to complete in order to gain access to campus for any amount of time during the fall term.

mandatory process for student return to campus

 

Please report any issues you encounter to Stephanie White, Academic Department Administrator, at sjgray@emory.edu so she can assist in resolving the issue.

For the most recent updates on COVID-19 developments,

FAQs: Undergraduate

If you have a question that is not answered in the FAQs below, please email Asha Gordon, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, at asha.gordon@emory.edu

The Emory Forward website has information on Fall 2020 Return to campus including comprehensive FAQs for new and returning students and their parents.

The most up-to-date information about Fall 2020 Return to Campus can be found at: Emory Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Students will be required to have a laptop, webcam and headphones in order to participate in online courses. Emory Student Digital Life have made specific technical recommendations for students

Emory College are working with other units of the university to make sure students in financial need have the technical resources they need for their courses.

  • If you do not have a laptop or computer, please contact oue.advising@emory.edu immediately; they are working to obtain any physical resources necessary for students.
  • To access certain university resources remotely, you may have to use the Duo Two-Factor Authentication. LITS has a helpful toolkit online if you have questions.
  • Think of Canvas as your virtual classroom. Many students have experience with Canvas. Here is a link to familiarize yourself with this platform: Canvas Resources for Students.
  • Live online class sessions (synchronous) will be held on Zoom. Here is a link to familiarize yourself with this platform: Zoom Support and Information.
  • As always, the University Help Desk is available to help you with Canvas Support; including any and all technology support.

Additional student resources for help with technology challenges can be found here: Student Resources

 The most up-to-date information about housing and other Campus Life topics can be found at Emory Campus Life.

Faculty advisors will still be accessible through email; they are available to answer your questions, especially as we move into Fall 2020 re-registration.

Economics Undergraduate Program Coordinator  Asha Gordon is available through email and conducting appointments virtually through Zoom Meetings Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30 Eastern time. You can schedule a meeting with her via her Calendly link here: https://calendly.com/emory-econ

Office of Undergraduate Education OUE is still operating remotely, you can reach an OUE advisor at http://college.emory.edu/connect

There are many more FAQs on the Emory Forward website covering a wide variety of topics including:

  • What if I start and decide I cannot continue with online learning?
  • At what point in the semester can I decide if the fully online experience works for me and still receive a full refund?
  • If we are fully online, will we still proceed with the revised calendar (e.g. No fall break, no Labor Day, etc.)?
  • Will the course times be adjusted since all classes are online now?
  • Can I participate in the Honors Program if we are fully online?

The Emory Forward website has a student resource page including comprehensive FAQs for new and returning students and their parents.

The most up-to-date information about Fall 2020 Return to Campus can be found at: Emory Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Emory’s Student Hardship Fund is available to address the immediate needs of students who are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. If you are an Emory student experiencing a crisis and you need financial help, apply for assistance here: Student Hardship Fund

FAQs: Graduate

If you have a question that is not answered in the FAQs below, please email Renee Sevy-Hasterok, Graduate Program Coordinator, at renee.sevy-hasterok@emory.edu

Students with U.S. citizenship are not required to remain in Atlanta. Students should check OPUS before making this decision as most classes are being offered online but some are still in-person.

International students should check with their ISSS Advisor for the latest updates.

Updates from ISSS can be found here (these sites are updated frequently):

For students assigned as a TA or RA for Fall semester, we will do our best to work with you so you can complete your TA or RA assignment successfully. Training for Zoom and Canvas is available online here: https://canvas-support.emory.edu/training/workshops.html.

In order to maintain low density on campus, it is crucially important for faculty, staff, and students to evaluate their ability to work from home and all are urged to do so, where possible. Graduate students will not be assigned desks (as has been done in the past) in the graduate student office suite but there will be limited opportunities to work in the graduate student offices during Fall semester. A sign-up sheet was emailed to all graduate students with the opportunity to reserve time in the graduate student office suite. If you did not receive this email, please contact the graduate program coordinator

The Woodruff Library is also offering graduate students the opportunity to reserve study spaces on its 3rd floor, an area specifically for graduate students. Secure an appointment here: designated study spaces 
 

Graduate students who are planning to be on campus for any amount of time during the fall term are required to complete the mandatory onboarding process in order to gain access to campus.

For those who come to campus, the University will implement a three-pronged strategy to minimize exposure including testing, monitoring and cleaning. More information and specifics can be found here: LGS Guide for Current Students

It is our collective responsibility to uphold the practices of hygiene, distancing, health testing and reporting of conditions in order to keep ourselves and our community safe. We ask this in the spirit of respect for each other and for what it means to be in community during the time of this pandemic. These include:

  • Wearing masks in all public places, including labs, classrooms, and offices
  • Physically distancing at all times
  • Avoiding campus when ill or feeling ill
  • Reporting confirmed cases appropriately
  • Upholding quarantine and isolation protocols, when necessary
  • Limiting in-person gatherings

International students should check with their ISSS Advisor for the latest updates.

Students can contact their ISSS advisor by phone, email, Zoom, or Skype, and submit an e-form requests online as usual.

More updates from ISSS can be found here (these sites are updated frequently):

All Laney Graduate School students who currently receive stipends, including those supported by research grants, will continue to receive their stipends, regardless of where they live.

New students will receive their first stipend payment (half month) on Aug 30, 2020 if they are physically in the United States AND are able to have their I-9 Section 2 verified by Aug 19, 2020. This can be verified by in-person by your graduate program coordinator or by remote verification through Equifax’s I-9 Anywhere program. Details for using I-9 Anywhere will be sent to students directly from the Laney Graduate School. If new students are NOT able to have their I-9 Section 2 verified because they are not physically in the United States or for any other reason, the stipend will begin once the I-9 Section 2 is verified.

As always, your graduate program coordinator will register you for all of your Emory graduate courses.

Students who wish to take any courses at Georgia Tech or Georgia State University through the ARCHE (cross-registration) program, please note ARCHE application deadlines. More information can be found here: ARCHE

All Arche students will be expected to abide by the Covid-19 prevention policies of each respective campus. Given that masks are required on Emory campus and students are being asked to limit contact as much as possible, students should continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing while on other university campuses.

Laney Graduate School has posted some useful FAQs for remote teaching and learning: https://gs.emory.edu/coronavirus/remote.html.

Teaching Assistants who require additional instructional support should contact Rob Pearson, Assistant Dean of Professional Development and Career Planning, at rdpears@emory.edu.

The core exams were delayed until August but were given on campus and in-person.

All students who are taking core exams are required to complete the mandatory onboarding process in order to gain access to campus.

The new core exam dates were as follows:

  • Fri, Aug 14 (microeconomics) 9AM - 2PM
  • Fri, Aug 21 (macroeconomics) 9AM - 2PM
  • Fri, Aug 28 (econometrics) 9AM - 2PM

 

More information about core exams can be found in the Graduate Program handbook

Emory’s Student Hardship Fund is available to address the immediate needs of students who are experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. If you are an Emory student experiencing a crisis and you need financial help, apply for assistance here: Student Hardship Fund

Laney Graduate School emergency loans are also available to help students through unexpected financial crises, such as illness, family job loss, and delays in other types of funding. The maximum loan amount is $1,000. A student who receives an emergency loan must sign a promissory note agreeing to repay the loan within 89 days of issue. Emergency loans are interest free for the 89 day period. https://www.gs.emory.edu/funding/emergency_loans.html

Changes to Laney Graduate School's Professional Development Support (PDS) funding:

  • In response to the increased needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, PDS funds in the Research category may be used to support materials that previously have been ineligible, such as software, research books/articles and the purchase of data. Please note that this is a temporary adjustment for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
  • The PDS calendar now includes additional deadlines, including the summer months, so we encourage students to apply as early as possible and throughout the academic year as needed.
  • Applications for PDS funds in all categories must be approved by LGS before the conference, training, or research begins (students should be sure to receive LGS approval, before purchasing anything.)

Please refer to the new PDS Handbook for more details: https://www.gs.emory.edu/professional-development/pds/index.html

Page last updated: September 14, 2020