Health and Safety Guidelines

Based on the current COVID-19 conditions in metro Atlanta, and in consultation with public health experts on and off campus, Emory University has developed guidelines and resources for a continued safe learning environment this spring. (Updated January 19, 2021.)

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 Safety Protocols for details.

Flu Vaccinations Required for Spring Campus Return

Emory University now requires that all students returning to campus for the spring semester receive a flu shot. Anyone who has not yet received a flu shot should make sure to get one preferably at least two weeks before returning to campus. Students should work with Student Health Services to ensure the appropriate flu shot documentation is on record.

If you already received your flu shot from Oxford Student Health Services, no action is needed.  

Here is how you can get a free flu shot through your health plan coverage:

  • OPTION 1: Visit any in-network retail pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, Target, Publix, or Kroger. You will need to present your Emory CVS/Caremark prescription drug card or provide another insurance card if you are not covered by Emory’s plan.

  • OPTION 2: Get a flu shot as part of your preventive exam at your doctor's office (in-network providers).

  • FOR OPTIONS 1 and 2: After getting your flu shot, remember to keep your receipt and send a copy to

Before returning to campus for the spring semester (January-May), all faculty, staff, and students will be required to go through the university’s onboarding clearance process, which will include the requirement of a flu shot. Individuals who need a medical, religious, or other exemption from the flu shot requirement will have the opportunity to note that when completing the onboarding process.

Students who do not adhere to the new requirement will not be eligible to return to campus. More details about this process will be provided as part of the onboarding process. Even if you do not plan to come back to campus, we strongly recommend that you and your family get flu vaccinations this year to help keep yourselves and others in the community safe and healthy.

Spring COVID-19 Testing 

COVID-19 “return to campus testing” is required for students who plan to live in a residence hall during the spring term. The rapid nasal swab will be administered, and you will receive your results within the hour. Students should schedule their return to campus appointments to align with the day they move in. Weekly screening will be required after move in.

Students who have remained on campus over winter break will not be required to schedule a return to campus rapid nasal swab appointment, but rather should continue their weekly COVID-19 saliva-based screening.

If you are living off campus, but plan to access campus during the spring term, you are required to participate in the return to campus COVID-19 screening and complete the full onboarding process.


If You Become Ill on Campus

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 more testing information

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


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.

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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: Spring 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 this spring, you are required to complete the clearance process. If you are not planning to return to campus any time during the spring term, 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