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March 12 - Emory College: Message to Parents and families

Dear Parents and Family Members of Emory College students,

We are committed to keeping you informed on the developing situation related to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on Emory and our community. Below you will find an email sent to all Emory College students regarding our decision to move to remote teaching for the remainder of the semester. You will also find the original communication sent to the University community attached to this email.

You can stay up to date on COVID-19 developments on the Emory University COVID-19 website and the Emory Campus Life Parent and Family Portal is a great resource for other information.

We will continue to communicate with you regularly as new information presents.


Joanne Brzinski, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Emory College of Arts and Sciences

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Dear student,

Emory College Update on COVID-19 

I'm sure you have read the announcement stating that we are extending spring break until March 22 and will then transition to remote learning for graduate and undergraduate classes on Monday, March 23. Emory College has been preparing for this possibility and I know that you will have many questions relating to this news. We hope to address as many of those questions in this communication, but there may be others that will be answered as soon as we are able.

We want to be clear – we understand that this will be a challenging situation for us all. We are, however, confident in your abilities, as students, to adapt to these new circumstances and succeed in these times.

We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate our present situation.


Beginning on March 23, Emory College courses will be offered via remote teaching. Information will be provided to you by the faculty responsible for your courses. You should expect to hear from faculty regarding their specific arrangements no later than 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 19. Please be patient as your instructors are deep in planning for this transition.

Academic Advising & Academic Support

Students who require academic advising or support during this period of remote teaching will have access to these services via virtual platforms with no expected disruption in service. If you have already scheduled an appointment with an advisor, learning specialist, tutor, or coach you can expect to hear from them with information on how to connect virtually. If you have any questions about these meetings, please reach out to your advisor, learning specialist, tutor or coach directly.

If you have general questions regarding academic advising or support, please email the Office for Undergraduate Education at or call (404) 727-6069. Additionally, if you anticipate or experience any challenges accessing course materials please reach out to us at so that we can assist.

Housing and Dining

All students residing in Emory residential facilities should collect belongings and move out of their spaces between now and Sunday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. Residential facilities will close at this time and will remain closed for the spring semester. Residence Life and Housing Operations will be following up with residential students with specific instructions. Students who may have housing related extenuating circumstances can contact for additional assistance.

I want to reiterate that this situation is obviously very fluid and changing day by day. The College is fortunate to have a highly capable team of faculty, staff, and administrators who will work tirelessly to provide a robust, quality program of remote instruction and services.

My office will be in touch with you regularly as this situation progresses and have more information to share.


Joanne Brzinski, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Emory College of Arts and Sciences