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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.  

As we begin the 2020-2021 academic year, students will have options for returning to campus or interacting remotely. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable participating in the community and to have options that reflect your preferences for continuing your education.

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

  • Smaller in-person classes: For our classroom environments, Emory will cap most in-person, large lectures to minimize class sizes and to follow physical distancing guidelines.
  • Physical distancing: All in-person classes will adopt physical distancing measures in compliance with new health and safety protocols.
  • Schedule changes: It is important to note that we expect you will need to adjust your class schedule to accommodate changes in course offerings and formats.
  • Mix of online and in-person classes: We expect that students’ schedules will have either online courses or a mix of in-person and online courses, based on your preference. It may be rare for students to have entirely in-person schedules.

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

Emory and Oxford Colleges are designed to offer residential learning opportunities that are valued by students. Therefore, we will offer on-campus housing options for the fall.

Housing decisions were made after consultation with national housing experts and our own medical and health-based faculty and in accordance with multi-level health directives. As importantly, we know we have the ability, resources and expertise to implement this plan.

  • Limited occupancy: We will limit dorm room occupancy to two students per room.
  • Single rooms: We will work with students to accommodate single room requests for those who are immunocompromised or have other health considerations.
  • Expanding housing options: We are expanding housing options beyond the residence halls to include Emory Conference Center Hotel for Atlanta students, and hotel options for Oxford students.
  • Preparing to return to campus: If you are planning to reside in the residence halls this fall, please watch for an email from Emory housing staff that outlines move-in dates and procedures, fee schedules and policies, additional checklists and considerations, and tools to help with the transition back to campus.

Similar to our planning for classroom and common spaces, we will implement enhanced cleaning protocols, and all residence hall students will be made aware of our shared responsibilities to maintain cleanliness.

For our students in our residence halls, know that this fall’s experience will be different. You may be taking online courses from your room, community spaces will have new distancing and restricted occupancy expectations, and we will limit the size of gatherings — including those held in residence halls — to maintain a healthy environment.

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

Your personalized registration dates and times will be available in OPUS on June 26 for you to review. Registration will occur based on your current earned hours (up to and including Maymester 2020 courses.)  In general, registration will occur on the following dates between 12:00 pm and 11:59 pm.

  • Seniors (90+ earned hours): July 9 & July 10
  • Juniors (60-89.99 earned hours): July 14 & July 15
  • Sophomores (0-59.99 earned hours): July 17 & July 20

Emory's Course Atlas will be updated with the revised Fall 2020 information by July 1.

There will be significant changes to the course offerings, and many will not be visible in the Course Atlas until July 1. We encourage you to use the time remaining in June to review the Degree Tracker in OPUS. This will give you a clear sense of remaining general education requirements, and hours needed to complete your degree. Academic Advisors are happy to talk with you about your degree progress. This exercise will allow you to map out which types of courses may make the most sense for you to prioritize for the fall semester.

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

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

  • What is the timeline for Fall registration (drop/swap/add, etc.)?
  • What happens if a class I ‘need’ is full or not offered?
  • Are there different academic policies for online courses?
  • Why isn’t my synchronous session for the full class time?
  • Will face coverings be required on campus?

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 some classes are being offered online and some in-person.

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

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. 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. There will be limited opportunities to work in the graduate student offices during Fall semester. Once protocols are established, more detailed information about this will be shared by your graduate program coordinator. Graduate students who need to come to campus must first contact ecas_connections@emory.edu and complete their 5-step process before they will be permitted on 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 the first month of their stipend (August) 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.

Emory's Course Atlas will be updated with the revised Fall 2020 information by July 1.

There will be significant changes to the course offerings, and many will not be visible in the Course Atlas until July 1.

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

If you wish to take any courses at Georgia Tech or Georgia State University through the ARCHE (cross-registration) program, please note that the application deadline is July 15, 2020 for Fall semester. More information can be found here: ARCHE

Please Note: 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 have been delayed until August but will be given on campus and in-person.

The new dates are as follows:

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

These exams are spaced one week apart, rather than two (as in previous years).  We have scheduled it this way to give students as much time as possible to study while avoiding conflicts with fall classes. The exams will be given in the Economics department and will comply with Emory's new health and safety protocols

Rising second-year Economics graduate students should be aware that they will be expected to participate in the following required summer workshops offered online by the Laney Graduate School:

  • JPE 600: Tues, Aug 11 (10AM-5PM)
  • TATTO 600: Wed, Aug 12 (activities vary) and Thurs, Aug 13 (10AM-5PM)

We will not accept studying for the core exams as an excuse for missing these workshops.  Rising second-year graduate students must attend.

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.

 

Page last updated: July 6, 2020