Campus Life

Thank you for your commitment this semester to making Emory a healthy and vibrant community in spite of the unprecedented challenges we’ve faced. We continue to look forward to the time when we can all be together on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses. (Updated November 20, 2020.)

Check our site regularly as we will continue to feature Oxford-specific updates and details as soon as that information becomes available.


In all our decisions, we are guided by the University’s health and epidemiology experts, who have advised continued vigilance. We regret deeply that this means that we cannot welcome back to campus the entire student body for the spring. We know this is a great disappointment, and we will do all we can to help all our students flourish, whether on campus or elsewhere. 

The university-wide approach allows students living on campus this semester to continue living in their current rooms spring semester. On-campus housing will be limited to those who have an approved housing agreement for the coming academic year and fit into the following categories: first-year, international students, undergraduate students receiving scholarships as part of a scholarship program specifying on-campus housing as a condition of their scholarship, and students with specific on-campus housing needs.

Sophomores not currently living on campus: You should have received an email from Residential Education and Services (RES) with information about the housing request process if you face a hardship in your current living situation that keeps you from completing your academic work. Sophomores who have been invited to undertake essential on-campus research or work—for instance, some Oxford Research Scholar projects—will be contacted separately about next steps.

First-year students and all international students not currently living on campus: You should have received an email from RES, with instructions on how to complete your housing addendum, indicating whether or not you are going to live and study on campus for spring semester.

Students currently living on campus: You should have received an email from Michele Hempfling, director of RES, with further information about the winter break and how to let us know if, for any reason, you won’t be living on campus in the spring semester.

COVID-19 Testing

The university plans to move to a saliva-based COVID-19 test this spring, which will allow the tests to be done more frequently and with much less discomfort. Additional information about the testing format, protocols, and frequency of required testing will be communicated once they are established for the coming semester.

Fall Testing Guidelines

All students residing on either the Oxford or Atlanta campuses are REQUIRED to get a COVID-19 test every week as a condition of remaining in campus housing. If you live off campus, COVID-19 testing is available to you.

Testing is available Monday through Friday by appointment in the Murdy Hall breezeway area.


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Please remember that screening tests are for non-symptomatic students only. If you are experiencing symptoms or feel you have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case, please select one of the following options or access the Oxford Health Portal.

  • Oxford campus students with health concerns including COVID-19 symptoms:
    Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., call the Oxford Student Health office at 770.784.8376.
    After-hours and weekends, call 404.727.7551 and press 0 for the medical advice nurse.
    If you are outside the Atlanta area and in need of COVID-19 related services, please contact your primary care provider or local health department.
  • If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing, or any other type of medical emergency, call 911 first and then call campus police at 770.784.8377 and let them know you are on the Oxford campus with a medical emergency. 
  • If you are living in Oxford and another medical provider diagnoses you as COVID positive, make sure you notify Student Health on Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 770.784.8376. Notify campus police after hours or on weekends at 770.784.8377.

View our Health and Safety Guidelines

Residence Hall Visitation 

Students will not be permitted to have guests/students in their rooms after move in. They will only be able to visit the residence hall where they are assigned. Students may use common areas in the halls where they are assigned to socialize and will need to follow physical distancing and wear face coverings.

View Our Revised Fall Housing Calendar

View More Housing Updates


Please ask the Residential Education and Services (RES) staff:


Like many other aspects of campus life at Emory, the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated changes to our dining program. In reimagining our dining program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we use the principles of safety, accessibility, quality, variety, and community to guide our conversations and decisions.

New Meal Plan Options

We have updated our meal plan options with the goal of simplifying offerings while continuing to provide flexibility with Dooley Dollars.

  • All students residing at Oxford College are required to participate in a dining plan and may choose to participate in either Dining Plan A1 or A2 for their fall and spring semesters. Students who did not select a meal plan by August 1 were automatically enrolled in plan A1.
  • Plans B and C are an option for commuters ONLY. Students living off-campus may elect any one of the plans offered. 
  • Students given an off-campus housing assignment by Oxford will be considered commuter students for the purposes of electing a dining plan and may also choose either plan B or C.
  • Students may add additional Dooley Dollars to their meal plan at any time during the semester via the MyHousing portal.
    • Dooley Dollars can be used at Jackson Family Kitchen, located in the Oxford Student Center, to purchase items from the late-night dining menu offered by the Oxford Dining Hall, or to purchase drinks or snacks at one of the vending machines across campus. A cold food vending machine, offering ready to eat sandwiches, salads, fruit, and more, is available at the Student Center.




Oxford – A1

21 Meals per week + $125 Dooley Dollars


Oxford – A2

15 Meals per week + $150 Dooley Dollars





Oxford – B

10 Meals per week + $200 Dooley Dollars


Oxford – C

50 meals per semester + 100 Dooley Dollars


Meal Exchange Locations

Jackson Family Kitchen will continue to offer a meal swipe option for breakfast and lunch, in addition to accepting Dooley and Eagle Dollars.

All Oxford dining locations also accept Eagle Dollars, cash, credit, and debit cards.

Safety and Sanitation

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxford Dining is implementing a wide variety of new measures to ensure the highest standards of safety and sanitation. 

  • The Emory community standard of physical distancing will always be required in campus dining facilities; highly visible signage will be in place to help with compliance.
  • Students will be required to sanitize hands before entering any campus dining location; additional touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be in place throughout all dining facilities.
  • Face coverings will always be required when not eating.
  • Dining locations will be take-out only; dining room seating will be limited or eliminated with queuing and occupancy based on Emory guidelines for physical distancing. Look out for new outdoor seating and shading throughout campus as an ideal place to enjoy a meal in addition to your residence hall room.
  • To provide ample time for deep sanitization between meal periods, dining locations will have modified hours of service.
  • Self-serve stations have been eliminated. All food will be either grab-and-go or served by trained, uniformed staff wearing personal protective equipment and following strict safety guidelines.
  • All vending machines on campus will now accept Dooley Dollars.

What to Expect

You should generally expect streamlined menus and points of service, some changes to operational hours, and take out service. Halal, made without gluten, vegan, and vegetarian options will continue to be offered at each meal and dining menus will continue to be peanut, tree nut, and shellfish-free.

  • Oxford Dining Hall – Two service lines with duplicate stations to get you in and out safely and quickly.
  • Jackson Family Kitchen – Streamlined retail menu with hot and cold meal-swipe options.
  • And, watch for pop-ups on campus throughout the semester offering additional meal options.




To board shuttles

  • A face mask must be worn at all times.
  • Check in with the driver.
    • Have your Emory Card available as the driver will need to confirm your reservation.
    • If you did not reserve a seat in advance and a seat is available, you will be instructed to log on and reserve the available seat prior to boarding the bus. If no seats are available, you can reserve a seat at the next available shuttle time.
  • Reservations were limited to 50% capacity to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Seats are marked with either a green "available" or red "unavailable" sticker. Please sit in seats marked with the green stickers.

Oxford Grocery Shuttles – Kroger at Newton Plaza

  • OTS will run weekly grocery shuttles to the Kroger located in Newton Plaza.
  • There will be 2 buses running per day, 7 passengers per bus.
  • A total of 658 seats will be available per week.
  • Seats must be reserved in advance 
  • Shuttles will run Monday and Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. and Tuesday and Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., departing approximately every 15 minutes from the Oxford Transportation HUB beginning on Thursday, August 27, and ending on Friday, November 20.
  • Only available departure times will show up when you log in to the app. If you do not see the time you want, then all seats for that slot have been filled.
  • Additional shuttles will be scheduled to run during the Winter Break (November 25-January 13) to accommodate students remaining on campus. Dates/Times TBD.

To reserve a seat

  • Go to, sign in, and follow the prompts.
  • Select the day and time you want to ride. Make sure you select a return time, so you have a ride back.
  • All seats are first come, first served.

Oxford Airport Shuttles

Shuttle dates/times for shuttles going to the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in November are available.

To reserve a seat go to

  • Sign in and follow the prompts.
  • Select the day and time you want to ride.
    • The Atlanta Airport is very large and it will take some time to make your way through the terminal. Give yourself ample time to make your way to the pickup location on the Northside of the main terminal on the lower level. The stairway and escalators to use are located between Doors N5 and N6.

Alternative Transportation Options

  • Bike Oxford Membership
    • Free student membership. Check out a bike at the outdoor basketball courts at the Center for Healthful Living.
  • Access to Enterprise Rental Vehicles
    • Emory University has an under-aged driver requirement waiver on file with Enterprise which allows students under the age of 21 to rent vehicles. Use of these vehicles will be at your own expense. Enterprise has discontinued its CarShare program.
    • You must apply for driver certification through Oxford College. Please contact us at for more information.
    • Oxford will not have vehicles available for faculty, staff, or students to drive for free. However, faculty, staff, or students who complete the Emory driver certification process will still be able to rent vehicles from Enterprise at their own expense. 
  • Access to Medical-Related Transportation

Mobile Food Orders (Grub Hub, Jimmy John's, Pizza, etc.)

  • When you order groceries or fast food online, please provide the driver with the directions below guiding them to the designated parking space for your residence hall.
  • Provide a phone number to call you when they arrive. You will need to meet them outside to pick up your items. Drivers will not be allowed to enter the residence halls.
    • Murdy and Elizer Halls – Delivery drivers should enter campus on Moore St. Make a right onto Haygood Ave. and look for the 20-minute parking spaces on right.
    • Fleming Residence Hall – Delivery drivers should enter the campus on Pierce St. Turn left onto Haygood Ave. and then take the 2nd entrance on your left into Fleming parking lot. A 20-minute parking space is located straight ahead.
    • Haygood Residence Hall – Delivery drivers should enter the campus on Pierce St. Proceed straight through the two stop signs; Follow the curve on to Wesley St. and make the left into the Haygood parking lot. A 20-minute parking space is located on the left.
    • JRC (Stone, Bonnell, Dickey, Dowman) Residence Hall – Delivery drivers should enter the campus on Pierce St. Go through the intersection at Haygood/Whatcoat/Pierce; Look for the 20-minute parking space on the right before you get to Asbury St. 

Center for Healthful Living

The CHL has updated hours for the fall semester:

  • Monday-Friday: 3:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays


Emory will not have varsity athletics competitions or athletically-related activities for any program during the fall semester. Please visit the Emory Oxford Athletics site for more information.

Williams Gym

Recreation facilities will open on a limited basis to all residential students on Oxford’s campus starting Oct. 12 and running through the end of the semester.

To maintain healthy standards, there will be access to the following areas with capacity limited as indicated:

  • aerobic room (4)
  • weight room (5)
  • indoor basketball courts (2 per goal)

    The restrooms in Williams Gym will be open. However, the following will be closed: indoor running track, pool, classrooms, and locker rooms.

    Water fountains will be shut off, but bottle fill stations are functional. The bottle fill stations are located next to the intramural office and the bathrooms near the classrooms. 

To use these facilities, you will need to make a reservation for a time slot on the CHL booking page. Book an appointment online. Indoor reservations are limited to 60 minutes, with 30 minutes between each slot to allow time for cleaning.

Indoor Recreation Hours

Hours of operation for indoor spaces are Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Indoor spaces are closed on Sundays.

Outdoor Facilities Available

  • outdoor basketball half court (3, 1-on-1 play, plus a sub)
  • soccer field (groups under 10)
  • tennis courts (2 per court, singles play)
  • disc golf five-hole course north of the Dean’s Residence, three blocks from campus 

You can continue to check out some of our recreation equipment, including bikes, basketballs, discs, at the CHL.

Bike Oxford

Free student membership. Check out a bike at the outdoor basketball courts at the CHL.

Make a Reservation

To use these facilities, you will need to make a reservation for a time slot on the CHL booking page. Book an appointment online. Indoor reservations are limited to 60 minutes, with 30 minutes between each slot to allow time for cleaning.

Remember that the Community Compact is still in place. Verification of a negative COVID-19 test will be required before using indoor facilities.

Virtual Fitness and Sports

The CHL will offer virtual group fitness classes and eSports this fall.

Club and Intramural Sports

There will be no in-person club or intramural sports activities during the fall semester. We will keep you updated when we offer virtual programming.


Contact or ask the CHL staff:

Doing Your Part

It's up to all of us to do what we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Every Emory student, faculty member, and staff member has a role to play in adhering to community guidelines and helping others do so as well. This is important so we can all stay healthy and remain on campus this spring.

As a student who will be on campus, you have an important role in following safety measures in the classroom, in residence halls, and in communal spaces, including outdoors. You will need to commit to the Student Community Compact and follow expected behavioral guidelines.


Read the Student Community Compact to be sure you understand the behavior expected of you and all students who return to campus this fall.

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Take Part in the Community Effort


You have an important role in the success of our return to campus plan, which begins with you agreeing to follow all expectations in the Emory Community Compact. ​In addition, as community members we all must take responsibility for supporting each other in following expectations of the compact. If you encounter another student who appears to not be following expectations, it is your responsibility to address their behavior by reminding them of the compact and asking if you can be helpful to them in following the expectations.  


The Emory Compact Response Team (ECRT) is comprised of staff and faculty volunteers who will guide our community members in understanding the Community Compact and work to keep Emory safe. Please use the ECRT Referral Form to report concerns associated with the Emory Community Compact for all Emory students.

Follow Behavioral Expectations 

Emory has put in place a community accountability model that outlines required health and safety guidelines and the steps needed to assist us all in having a safe and healthy community. Most incidents of nonadherence to the Community Compact will not result in a disciplinary record. Rather, they will be handled quickly using a community accountability model in which appointed Emory representatives, along with every member of the community—including you—address compact violations when they occur. 

  1. Community Engagement: It will take all of us to help with keeping our community members safe. If you are seen not following the campus safety guidelines, for example, not wearing a ​face covering or not physically distancing, then a ​peer, proctor, faculty, or staff member will ​remind you of the Emory Community Compact expectations and if needed assist with identifying a location to obtain a face covering and other personal protective equipment (PPE) on campus. 
  2. Community Response: Referrals related to nonadherence of the Emory Community Compact will be reviewed and resolved by the Emory Compact Response Team (ECRT).
  3. Student Conduct: Serious, pervasive, and/or repeated violations of the Emory Community Compact will be grounds for a disciplinary review and will be resolved by the applicable Student Conduct authority of your college or school.

Consequences: Possible outcomes for not adhering to the Emory Community Compact include referral to university resource for education, loss of privileges to research activities, campus facilities, on-campus residential living, or in-person class instruction. Incidents addressed within the Student Conduct process for severe incidents can lead to suspension or expulsion. 


Please use the Emory Compact Response Team referral form to report concerns associated with the Emory Community Compact.

Learn the necessary responsibilities in the event of COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.

Find the policies guiding our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Enjoy Your Safe Return to Campus

We can do this. We can still enjoy social interactions, just in a careful manner, with an understanding that the safety of our community and our ability to remain on campus through the semester lies with all of us.