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 October 19, 2020.)

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.

Spring 2021 Update

Since early in the fall semester, Emory's president, provost, deans, public health experts, and leaders from across campus have worked on the plans for the spring semester. The strategy they developed was based on projected COVID-19 cases, forecasts for flu in the coming months, and the possibility of safely accommodating more students on campus.

Classes for the spring 2021 semester will begin on January 25. Classes will end on May 3 and exams will conclude by May 14To accommodate this expedited schedule, there will be no spring break this year. 

With this change for spring break, please know we have heard requests for additional mental health offerings and have added and will add additional resources and services for all members of our community. We are working to build in days that offer students a respite during the semester.

Campus Living

The university-wide approach allows students living on campus this semester to continue living in their current rooms spring semester, and we will invite to campus those first-year students and other international students who were not able, or chose not, to come to campus this fall. We are also able to host a limited number of sophomores for academic reasons related to in-person research or work that cannot be done virtually. In addition, there will be a request process for sophomores to live on campus who otherwise would not have a suitable learning environment to make academic progress.

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

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

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

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 fall or spring, you are required to complete the clearance process. If you are not planning to return to campus any time during the fall or spring term, you DO NOT need to complete this clearance process.

View Onboarding Details

View Campus Services and Resources List

Spring 2021 Semester Schedule

Classes for the spring 2021 semester will begin on January 25. 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 are working to build in days that offer students a respite during the semester.