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COVID-19 Student Resources & FAQs


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

This change in delivery method of classes does not impact your progress towards degree completion; if you successfully complete your courses, the credit still counts. However, please keep in mind that faculty may adjust their syllabi in response to the change in delivery method, but they will inform you accordingly of any changes and are also committed to a positive learning experience. 

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

Information will be provided to you by the faculty responsible for your courses. Please be patient as your instructors are deep in planning for this transition.

  • 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 complete their coursework this semester.
  • To access certain university resources, 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.
  • As always, the University Help Desk is available to help you with Canvas Support; including any and all technology support.

Emory is dedicated in their desire to alleviate student worries during this tumultuous time and even though classes are moving to distance learning, administrators and staff are still working full-time to help students adjust to these changes.

Emory is creating additional initiatives daily to support students outside of the academic realm, including:

  • Help for students who are unable to vacate university housing
  • Financial support for high need students, students who rely on work study funds, and student employees
  • Assistance in shipping/storing belongings if students cannot make it back to Emory prior to March 22
  • Access to the Student Health Center, which will remain open even though classes are not physically open
  • Protocol for international students to keep their visas in a good standing so that they are able to return to campus next semester

The most up-to-date information about available resources to students can be found here and you can narrow the messages by selecting Emory College as the School and Students as the Audience.

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

Faculty instructors will communicate with students about any changes and include information about how the work will be assessed.

The College has delayed advising and pre-registration by one week. Advising weeks will begin on March 23. To receive advising, please email your Faculty Advisor or set up an appointment with them during this time.

Pre-Registration will begin on March 30. Further details can be found on the Academic Calendar.

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

EmoryTogether Fund

To help students remain focused on their educational goals, on March 23, 2020, Emory University formally launched the EmoryTogether Fund — a $5 million fund designed to support our undergraduate, graduate and professional students facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19.

The fund will help with the emergency financial needs of full and part-time degree-seeking students enrolled at Emory as of March 11, 2020, who demonstrate verifiable financial hardship related to COVID-19. Assistance may include help with a range of challenges associated with COVID-19, including basic needs (food, special housing circumstances, medicine, etc.), educational support needs (travel to a safe learning location, remote learning needs, etc.), and family/medical needs (job loss, medical deductible, etc.).

Starting today, qualified students with direct COVID-19 related financial hardships are encouraged to apply for support through this fund, which will be available from March 23, 2020, through June 30, 2020. Applications should be submitted through www.finance.emory.edu/sfdc. Emory’s Division of Campus Life, working with an oversight committee, will review all applications in consideration of special requests.

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

No, you are not required to remain in Atlanta but you are required to participate remotely in all of your currently enrolled courses.

If you are assigned as a TA or RA for spring semester, you are still obligated to complete your TA or RA assignment. Please work with your faculty member to figure out how this arrangement will work. Training for Zoom and Canvas is available online here: https://canvas-support.emory.edu/training/workshops.html.

As of March 24, 2020, the City of Atlanta has issued an order directing citizens to stay at their places of residence except to receive essential services or engage in essential activities. The City is also prohibiting non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals.

Educational institutions are listed among the Essential Businesses permitted to continue operations for the purposes of facilitating distance learning and performing essential functions, however students are required to remain off campus.

Only employees supporting essential services are permitted to be on campus in response to the order.

International students should check with their ISSS Advisor.

Due to the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced a special exception so that international students can continue their full-time studies this semester via remote learning. As a result, it is important that you do not drop your spring 2020 classes, but rather continue your current classes through Emory's remote learning in order to maintain your immigration status.

If you choose to leave the U.S. as you continue your spring semester online courses remotely, please closely monitor the entry requirements related to COVID-19 for your destination country abroad. When you are ready to return to the US, please visit ISSS'swebsite for relevant US entry restrictions.

Regardless of where you remotely continue your studies starting March 23, you will still be able to contact your ISSS advisor by phone, email, Zoom, or Skype, and submit your e-form requests online as usual.

More updates from ISSS can be found here:

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

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.

Field paper deadlines have not changed. Please do your best to keep moving forward on your research.

  • Second year students need to find an advisor and pick a topic for their field papers by the end of the semester. If students need help finding an advisor and/or topic, please let Prof. Markowitz know immediately.
  • Third year students will need to turn in their field papers on the last day of class.

The core exams previously scheduled for May and June have been delayed since we do not yet know when students will be allowed back on campus.

The new dates are as follows:

  • Fri, Aug 14 (micro)
  • Fri, Aug 21 (macro)
  • Fri, Aug 28 (econometrics)

These exams are spaced one week apart, rather than two.  We have scheduled it this way to give you as much time as possible to study while avoiding conflicts with fall classes. 

Also, please be aware that students are required to participate in two all-day summer workshops offered by the Laney Graduate School on Tues, Aug 18 (TATTO 600) and Wed, Aug 19 (JPE 600). Please add these dates to your summer calendar.  We will not accept studying for the core exams as an excuse for missing these workshops.  You must attend.

More information about qualifying 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.

EmoryTogether Fund

To help students remain focused on their educational goals, on March 23, 2020, Emory University formally launched the EmoryTogether Fund — a $5 million fund designed to support our undergraduate, graduate and professional students facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19.

The fund will help with the emergency financial needs of full and part-time degree-seeking students enrolled at Emory as of March 11, 2020, who demonstrate verifiable financial hardship related to COVID-19. Assistance may include help with a range of challenges associated with COVID-19, including basic needs (food, special housing circumstances, medicine, etc.), educational support needs (travel to a safe learning location, remote learning needs, etc.), and family/medical needs (job loss, medical deductible, etc.).

Starting today, qualified students with direct COVID-19 related financial hardships are encouraged to apply for support through this fund, which will be available from March 23, 2020, through June 30, 2020. Applications should be submitted through www.finance.emory.edu/sfdc. Emory's Division of Campus Life, working with an oversight committee, will review all applications in consideration of special requests.