Oxford Forward

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 April 12, 2021.)

Fall 2021 Update

Emory University, including Oxford College, has announced a full return to campus for fall 2021. Dean Doug Hicks outlines what this means in a letter to Oxford students for classroom learning, residential experience, campus life, dining, and transportation. Oxford will provide email updates to students as we fine-tune the details over the coming weeks. 

Read the Letter from Dean Hicks

Spring 2021 Update

Please see the Emory Forward website for the most recent information about our spring 2021 plans. Please check our site regularly as we will continue to feature Oxford-specific updates and details as soon as that information becomes available.

Gathering Status

Learn about our Operating Condition Status Meter that guides our behavior on campus.

As of April 5, Emory is in the yellow operating condition. As of this date, the following changes have been implemented:

  • Indoor gatherings of no more than 35 people, no longer than 90 minutes
  • Outdoor gatherings of no more than 50 people
  • Food and drink is available on a to-go basis at designated locations
  • Fitness facilities will remain open by appointment to all onboarded students in compliance with mandatory screening testing
  • Additional recreational facilities will open to all onboarded students
  • Face coverings will be required on campus as well as distancing and other hygiene practices.

COVID-19 Testing

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.

The Oxford screening site is in the Whatcoat Street Building, located at the corner of Whatcoat St. and Emory St.

Get more testing details & schedule your appointment

Updated Visitor Policy

To mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19, Emory is committed to maintaining a reduced density with minimal population on campus, and permits a few essential visitors under the revised Visitor Policy.

Our visitor policy has been updated to allow for visitors to come to campus to perform in a small, organized social activity in an outdoor setting—i.e. an outdoor performance—with size limits up to 50 people.

Permission for visitors to campus must be APPROVED and align with all health and safety measures currently in place. If a type of visitor is not specifically delineated in the guidelines, then those visitors are not permitted on campus.


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

Emory is operating in the yellow category.

Learn about our Operating Condition Status Meter that guides our behavior on campus.

As of April 5, Emory is in the yellow operating condition. As of this date, the following changes have been implemented:

  • Indoor gatherings of no more than 35 people, no longer than 90 minutes
  • Outdoor gatherings of no more than 50 people
  • Food and drink is available on a to-go basis at designated locations
  • Fitness facilities will remain open by appointment to all onboarded students in compliance with mandatory screening testing
  • Additional recreational facilities will open to all onboarded students
  • In-person offices, classes, and labs will continue.
  • Face coverings will be required on campus as well as distancing and other hygiene practices.

Follow the Event and Gathering Policy guidelines for in-person meetings. 

Spring 2021 Semester Schedule

Classes will end on May 3 and exams will conclude by May 14. To accommodate this expedited schedule, there will be no spring break. We have built in days that offer students a respite during the semester.