Health and Safety Guidelines

Emory University has developed guidelines, protocols, and resources for a continued safe living, learning, and working environment.

We will clearly delineate what we expect from members of our community to maintain health and cleanliness standards including face covering, distancing, cleaning protocols, and general health guidance.

Students, faculty, and staff may not opt out of community expectations for health and safety — everyone must participate for our campus community to stay healthy. Please refer to the Emory Forward Healty Behaviors for details.


What if I feel sick?

  1. Call the Oxford Student Health office at 770.784.8376, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Student Health Services will arrange a telehealth and in-person office visit with testing as necessary. Students with symptoms cannot utilize the COVID-19 saliva screening at Murdy Hall near Student Health Services. Screening tests are for non-symptomatic students only.

  2. For after-hours and weekends, call 404.727.7551 and press 0 for the medical advice nurse. If 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.

  3. Return to or stay in your room and contact Student Health Services.

What if I don't have symptoms, but am notified to be a close contact of someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19?

  1. Return to or stay in your room and contact Student Health Services (770.784.8376).
  2. After contacting SHS, our Isolation/Quarantine Team and a contact tracer will be in touch soon and support you throughout this time.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

  1. Return to or stay in your room and contact Student Health Services (770.784.8376).
  2. After contacting SHS, our Isolation Team will be in touch soon and support you throughout this process. We will support you and provide any necessities during your isolation. Oxford Student Health staff will be working closely with you to ensure that your health needs are met.

Oxford's Isolation In Place Guide

Emory's Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines for Emory Students 

COVID-19 Packing list for temporary residence needs. Please review suggested list and personalize to meet your needs. A thermometer is required.

Academic and Technology Items
  • Phone and charger (any extra plugs that may be needed)
  • Laptop and charger
  • Headphones
  • Backpack, academic items, and textbooks
Personal Items
  • Several changes of comfy clothes, sweats, PJ pants, T-shirts, fuzzy socks
  • Underwear
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Body lotion/baby oil
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, retainer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hair comb/brush
  • Hairdryer

Medications and Symptom Management

  • Any of your regular or daily medications (ex: inhaler, allergy, acne meds, etc.)
  • Thermometer is required
  • Masks
  • Tissue
  • Tylenol (for fever and muscle aches)
  • Cough drops
  • Salt for saltwater gargles (for sore throat)
Comfort Items
  • Fleece throw
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Some sort of distraction like coloring books, cards, game systems and chargers

If you have a limited time to pack OR if you forget something, the ISOQ Team will get it for you.

Bring any valuables you don't want to leave in your room.

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


Mental health and counseling support

The Office of Counseling and Career Services continues to provide a range of programs and services. Another excellent resource that we encourage you to take advantage of is Emory Anytime Student Health, which offers scheduled counseling services as well as a 24/7 TalkNow service for students who just need someone to talk to in the moment.

Visit Emory Anytime Student Health

Emory COVID-19 Dashboard

The Emory COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily to keep our community informed about reported cases of COVID-19 among faculty, staff, and students on and off campus.

Explore the Dashboard

Health Resources for All Emory Students

Emory University recognizes that staying physically and emotionally healthy is an important part of your academic success and overall well-being. Whether you are currently enrolled at the Oxford or Atlanta campus, we are ensuring access to resources for all Emory students. During this period of remote learning due to COVID-19, we have expanded our capacity for offer medical and mental health support to all students by offering telehealth and in-person services, expanding non-clinical support, and contracting with a 3rd party vendor, TimelyMD, to offer telehealth care to all students, including those residing outside of Georgia.

Get more details about telehealth care

Students: Onboarding Process

Even with our safety measures in place, it is important for Emory to maintain a low density on campus. If you are planning to be on campus for any amount of time, you are required to complete the clearance process. If you are not planning to return to campus, you DO NOT need to complete this clearance process.

View Onboarding/Clearance Details

Immunization Records with TB Screening and Mandatory Health Forms

It is more important than ever during a pandemic that all students are immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. All health forms are mandatory for move in. If you have not done so, please upload your required student health documents through the Oxford Health Portal and complete your online Health History Form. Immunization compliance is a requirement. Immunizations that require a series of vaccinations, may be completed after arrival to campus.

For After Hours/Weekend Urgent Medical Concerns

Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. If you can't wait until Student Health Service reopens, you should review the following options and pick one you feel is best to assist with meeting your healthcare needs:

  • Urgent Care/Hospital ER: Refer to the List of After Hour Provider Options for off-campus providers near the Oxford and Atlanta campuses.
  • AccessNurse on Call: For medical questions and help navigating next steps. contact the AccessNurse (Emory University Student Health Services after hours medical call center) 404.727-7551 and press "0."
  • Urgent Assistance/Non-Emergency: Contact Emory Police at Oxford at 770-784-8377 and ask to speak with the RLC on call for assistance.

Get more After Hours/Emergency Care Options