Oxford Forward

Based on the current COVID-19 conditions in 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.

Latest Updates
  • All students, faculty, and staff are required to be immunized for COVID-19 and flu, with exemptions only for those with approved medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs (updated October 14, 2021).
  • Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for students at Emory.
  • Masks are required in all indoor public and common spaces on campus and strongly encouraged outdoors when in groups.
  • See the updated visitor policy, effective July 1.
  • Review the updated travel guidelines, effective August 30.
  • Check our COVID-19 dashboard, which shares reported COVID-19 cases and uploaded vaccination rates among faculty, staff, and students.

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Campus Updates

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

Emory University, including Oxford College, will require all faculty, staff, and students to be immunized for COVID-19 and flu, with exemptions only for those with approved medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs.

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine requirements at Emory.

Check your return-to-campus status

Oxford College Students: Immunization requirements and steps for reporting COVID-19 vaccination status are on the Oxford College patient portal.

COVID-19 Testing


Fully vaccinated students are no longer required to conduct regular asymptomatic screening testing. The university may adjust these requirements should future conditions warrant.

Any student not fully vaccinated is required to conduct weekly screening testing.

As a reminder, all students are required to comply with Emory’s student immunization policy, including COVID-19 vaccination. Please upload your vaccination status as soon as possible.

The Oxford screening site is at Murdy Hall near Student Health Services.

Get testing details & schedule appointments

Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated (two weeks past receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine), with exemptions for those with medical conditions or strong personal objections.

Any faculty or staff member who is not fully vaccinated due to an approved exemption, will be required to conduct a weekly screening test to remain compliant. To facilitate this process, all faculty and staff are required to share their vaccination status with Emory.

Faculty/Staff testing details

Faculty and staff who scheduled their appointment through the university HOME portal and received their vaccine through Emory do not need to complete additional steps at this time. Your vaccination status should be reflected in HOME. To verify, log in to your HOME employee portal by clicking the "Self-Service Log In" button, click on “Workplace Health” tab and then “My Medical Information,” and review vaccines listed under current immunizations.

Faculty and staff members who received their vaccine from a non-Emory provider or as an Emory patient will need to upload their COVID-19 vaccination documentation via the HOME employee portal. Please review online instructions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Mask Guidance

Current mask protocols remain in place. Masks are not required when outdoors on campus; unvaccinated persons are strongly advised to wear masks outdoors when attending a gathering or where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are still required, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public and common spaces on campus including classrooms, laboratories, shuttles, and other meeting spaces.

Visitor Policy

Effective July 1, general campus-wide visitor restrictions are lifted. Visitors are welcome to access campus; however, certain public-facing spaces may enforce additional restrictions or limitations including reduced services, scheduled appointments, or other measures. Please visit the websites for these spaces for further information and instructions.

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 green category.

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

As of September 2, 2021, Emory is in a modified yellow operating condition.

The modified yellow operating condition means:

  • Nonacademic indoor events or gatherings with more than 250 attendees should move outdoors, if possible.
  • Any gathering must adhere to current Emory health and safety protocols.
  • Masks are still required in all indoor public and common spaces on campus and are strongly encouraged outdoors when in groups.
  • The university may revert to a more restrictive operating status should future conditions warrant.

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