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Parent and Family Update

Dear Parent and Family Members,

I wanted to reach out to you today to provide some updates that have been sent out to your student in the past week. Before providing some updates, I want to include a video Michael Elliott, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences filmed to communicate directly with you.

If you are unable to view the video by clicking the image above, please click here.

Remote Teaching

We began remote teaching this week. Your student will likely have attended their first online session. Our faculty are working hard to make this a great experience for your student. If your student has any issues with their course work, or connecting via remote technology, please ask them to reach out to their faculty members in the first instance.

Course Grading

Your student has received information on grading for this semester. We are offering students the option to change their grading basis from a letter grade to satisfactory/unsatisfactory, to petition for a late, single, course withdrawal without penalty or to request incomplete grades. Each option carries potential benefits and consequences and our advising team is available to meet virtually with students to discuss individual situations. We know that this is an unusual situation and we are working to offer practical solutions to the challenges we know that some students are facing.

Commencement 2020

It is with great sorrow that the University has had to cancel our Commencement exercises in May 2020. I want to underscore that we are proud of all our graduating students and, as Dean Elliott noted in a message to them directly, will find a way to honor and celebrate all that they have accomplished at another time in the future. While those plans are still being formulated, we will keep your student updated. We look forward to celebrating them appropriately soon.

As always, my team is available to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. You can reach them by emailing


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