March 20, 2020 Volume 4 Issue 9

Remote Teaching and Resources

The Emory College Academic Continuity & Remote Teaching site is the primary resource for faculty support as we transition to remote teaching Monday.

Below are specific links on the Remote Teaching site that may be most useful to faculty and staff in advance of next week.

If your department would like to schedule a remote teaching workshop or consultation with a member of the College’s team via Zoom, contact Sara Wade, General questions on remote teaching may be addressed to, or you may find the appropriate resource here.

Remote IT and Classroom Tech Support

College IT and Classroom Tech are in service and ready to support faculty and staff.

We will be monitoring our tickets 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will respond to emergency requests as soon as possible. If you need IT assistance for any reason, contact:

  • LITS Service Desk at either 404-727-7777 or at the web link On that website, you can enter a service ticket or engage in a live chat function, which would be the quickest for emergency responses. The website also has a searchable knowledgebase.
  • Email with a description of your problem and we will get back in touch as quickly as possible. Please leave your preferred contact number in your message.

You may call the Emory College IT Help Desk at 404-727-5757. Note that this will automatically place you into voice mail, and your voice mail will auto-generate the service ticket.

  • IT Checklist: To assist you in working effectively and efficiently from home or from an off-campus location, Emory College Information Technology team has created an IT Checklist.

Student Tech Support

For faculty receiving questions from students about tech support, please direct them to the following resources:

Student Course Exception Request

Students received information on Thursday that outlines the process and the options students can choose about their classes this semester. This process allows students to request a change in grading basis to S/U for a course through OPUS, or petition for a single course withdrawal, or to request an incomplete.

We are asking students to give the remote platforms at least one week before making a change. Student status in the course will be updated in OPUS. For students who need advising assistance, direct them to You may also reach out to

Building Access Limited Starting March 20

Starting at 5 p.m., Friday, March 20, all Emory College buildings will be locked to provide additional security.

We encourage all faculty to make sure they have the most up-to-date Emory ID to ensure they can access their offices. Faculty with outdated, damaged or lost ID cards can obtain a replacement card at no cost. EmoryCard Services now allows you to make an appointment to visit at a time that is convenient for you; click the “Get Your EmoryCard” link on the right side of the EmoryCard website.

If you are unable to make an appointment or come to campus, we are researching other options that may be available to you. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Emory College Facilities at

Research Ramp-Down in the Laboratory Sciences

All lab research at Emory University must ramp-down by March 23 as communicated March 18. Essential research may be approved to continue as an Exception with adequate justification and planning and strict social distancing. All Exception requests were due today at 5 p.m. You will receive notice of approval/disapproval by March 22.

Ron Calabrese will notify the PI and the chair if the request is approved.

All required forms posted on the ORFS website under Policies and Resources.

Exceptions involving graduate students ADDITIONALLY require LGS approval. Faculty who wish to submit a waiver request for an LGS student to be present in an Emory laboratory during the COVID-10 pandemic mitigation process must complete this online form.

Woodruff, Health Sciences, Business, and Rose Libraries Access and Service

Beginning Monday, March 23, the Woodruff, Health Sciences, Business, and Rose libraries will be closed for patrons. Though the libraries will be closed, staff will be working hard to provide services to assist with teaching, learning, and research goals.

This includes research consultations, access to electronic materials, instruction, assistance with teaching with technology, and curbside pick-up of materials (no access to the stacks or study carrels in Woodruff Library). For details about accessing materials, see the library’s website.

Dean's Update for Staff

Dean Elliott held a Zoom meeting with Emory College administrative staff on Thursday. Click here to watch a recording of the meeting.

If You Have Symptoms

Any faculty or staff person having COVID-19 symptoms needs to contact their healthcare provider. If they have been on campus within two weeks of becoming ill, they should also contact the Office of Occupational Injury Management, 404-686-8587.

College Business Operations Updates

Charges Related to COVID-19

College departments and programs may incur expenses related to COVID-19. In an effort to track these unexpected expenses, Emory’s Finance Division created a new SpeedType 8300100218 (Project ID 00094049) for the College.

If a related expense has posted already, you should process a journal to transfer the expense to this dedicated SpeedType. Otherwise, you may post these expenses directly to the SpeedType. Personnel expenses related to COVID-19 can also be charged either by submitting an RST or changing the labor distribution.

If you’re unsure if an expense should be charged to ST8300100218 or if you have additional questions, please contact your dedicated College Finance Representative. Thank you for your patience while College Business Operations attempts to provide support and guidance to your department through this extraordinary time.

All Travel—Domestic and International

As previously announced, all university-sponsored travel is indefinitely suspended. Consult the website for more details.

Student Hardship Fund

Please consider a donation to the Student Hardship Fund if you would like to provide direct assistance to students. The Emory Student Hardship Fund provides critical assistance to Emory students in need due to a crisis or catastrophic event. It relies entirely on donations and is one of the mechanisms the University is using right now to assist students directly. A similar fund for staff is also available. Give here.

University Updates

For the latest University-wide updates and information, visit the COVID-19 Website.

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