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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 a combination of in-person and online class options for Fall 2021.

  • A Community Compact must be completed by all returning studentsfaculty, and staff.
  • Mandatory Weekly COVID-19 Screening Test for Students: Twice per week COVID-19 screening test for students who live ON campus and within seven days before accessing campus for students who live OFF campus and are accessing campus for any reason.
  • New! Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine for all students enrolled in Fall 2021. 
  • Mandatory Flu Vaccine: Emory University is requiring that all students, faculty and staff who will be on campus get a flu vaccine.
  • 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 spring 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,
visit:  www.emory.edu/forward/

New for Fall 2021: Emory mandates COVID-19 vaccine for all students

On April 19, 2021, it was announced that Emory University will require all students to be immunized for COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester, with exemptions based on medical conditions or strong personal objections. 

Students can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and scheduling an appointment at Emory here: COVID-19 vaccination information & FAQs

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expanded in Georgia 

All Georgians over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please review the following for further information on the vaccination process at Emory.

The University's vaccine presentation on March 22 is now available online. Please watch the video and share it with your friends and family and complete the presentation survey. The presentation provides information about Emory’s vaccine registration and distribution process, types of vaccine currently available, and key tips for those eligible for vaccination.

The form for vaccine-eligible students to attest to their eligibility, consent and schedule a vaccination through Emory Healthcare can now be accessed online.  Beginning Thursday, March 25, ALL students can follow this registration process. Please remember that scheduling appointments is subject to vaccine availability.

Please refer to Student Health Services COVID-19 vaccine FAQs for more information.

Students can contact studentvaccineschedulinghelp@emory.edu with questions.

For students, faculty, and staff (on both the Atlanta and Oxford campuses) who do not have a vehicle on campus or need transportation assistance to their appointment at the Emory Northlake Mall Vaccine Clinic, the university will provide transportation to and from Northlake Mall. 

  • Please book your shuttle ride as soon as you have confirmed your vaccination appointment. Shuttle appointments should be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Call 404.727.7555, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. to schedule a shuttle appointment.
  • Shuttle service appointments will be available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

As you move through the vaccination process, you will receive documentation verifying you received the vaccine. Please keep and secure all relevant documentation. Given potential future requirements (i.e. travel, events, etc.), you may need to confirm vaccination status. 

FAQs: Undergraduate

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

The Emory Forward website has information for new and returning students and their parents.

Emory will offer a combination of in-person and online class options for Fall 2021.

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 about Spring 2021 registration.

Economics Undergraduate Program Coordinator is available through email (econungrad@emory.edu) and is conducting appointments virtually through Zoom Meetings Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30 Eastern time. You can schedule a meeting via the 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

REQUIRED

  • Students who live ON campus are required to take a COVID-19 screening test twice per week.
  • Students who live OFF campus, and are accessing campus for any reason, are required to take a screening test within seven days before accessing campus.

More information can be found here: https://www.emory.edu/forward/covid-19/testing/index.html

Given our commitment to a reduced density on campus, we encourage the evaluation of both the risks and the benefits to the community when considering a gathering or event and require adherence to the measured approach that is outlined.

Specific information about the current gathering policy can be found here: 

The Emory Forward website has a student resource page including comprehensive FAQs

The EmoryTogether Fund is available to help degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who have experienced financial hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope is that this assistance will help students remain focused on pursuing their educational goals. The fund is available to Emory University students who have critical COVID-19-related financial needs and who meet eligibility requirements. Awards are intended to assist with eligible expenses but likely will not cover 100 percent of students' needs (the vast majority of award allocations are between $50 and $500.) Students may apply to the fund between February 1, 2021 and April 2, 2021 and may request funding only once per semester. More information here: EmoryTogether Fund

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 for Spring 2021. Students should check OPUS before making this decision as many 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.


It is expected that all graduate students will be in Atlanta for Fall 2021 semester unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

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 both Fall and Spring semesters. A sign-up sheet has been established so all economics graduate students will have 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 are required to complete the mandatory onboarding process in order to gain access to campus and have a weekly COVID-19 screeing test.

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 if you feel sick or were exposed to COVID-19
  • 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 a stipend, including those supported by research grants, will continue to receive their stipend, regardless of where they live.

New students will receive their first stipend payment if they are physically in the United States AND are able to have their I-9 Section 2 verified.

REQUIRED

  • Students who live ON campus are required to take a COVID-19 screening test twice per week.
  • Students who live OFF campus, and are accessing campus for any reason, are required to take a screening test within seven days before accessing campus.

If you are a graduate student and DO NOT plan to access campus for any reason, you are not required to have a COVID-19 screening test.

More information can be found here: https://www.emory.edu/forward/covid-19/testing/index.html

All economics graduate courses will be held in-person for Fall 2021.

As always, your graduate program coordinator will register you for all of your Emory graduate courses. Information about courses can be found here: Emory Course Atlas.

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.

Given our commitment to a reduced density on campus, we encourage the evaluation of both the risks and the benefits to the community when considering a gathering or event and require adherence to the measured approach that is outlined.

Specific information about the current gathering policy can be found here: 

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 EmoryTogether Fund is available to help degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who have experienced financial hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that this assistance will help students remain focused on pursuing their educational goals. The fund is available to Emory University students who have critical COVID-19-related financial needs and who meet eligibility requirements. Awards are intended to assist with eligible expenses but likely will not cover 100 percent of students' needs (the vast majority of award allocations are between $50 and $500.) Students may apply to the fund between February 1, 2021 and April 2, 2021 and may request funding only once per semester. More information here: EmoryTogether Fund

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: April 21, 2021