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Emory College - March 3: Message to faculty and staff

Dear Faculty and Staff of Emory College of Arts and Sciences,

As we prepare for spring break next week, I wanted to update you on the latest developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) for our community.

The College, along with administrators and experts across the university, continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and prepare for a variety of contingencies for this rapidly evolving situation, as I said in my email last week. Most recently: 

  • Monday afternoon, Student Health Services distributed comprehensive information and guidance to all undergraduate and graduate students regarding spring break travel and coronavirus COVID-19.  The letter to students is here. I encourage you to read and follow the guidance offered to help advise our students and for your own personal travel plans.
  • As of Friday, Feb. 28, Emory-sponsored study abroad and all other student programming in Italy are suspended. Faculty and staff are encouraged to evaluate their own travel in light of the CDC and State Department advisories. 
  • The need for changes or modifications to summer study abroad programs will be announced in coming weeks.  We are currently targeting a decision date of Friday, March 20, 2020.
  • As part of our contingency planning related to COVID-19, the Office of International and Summer Programs, in partnership with the CFDE, will offer three training workshops for faculty, graduate students, and staff from all units this week on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5.  These workshops will review the basics of Zoom and Canvas in order to better prepare faculty to hold classes remotely in the unlikely event that the university closes or that face-to-face classes are cancelled.

Emory Remote Teaching Preparedness Workshops

10-11 a.m., Wednesday, March 4, PAIS 290

Noon-1p.m., Wednesday, March 4, ANTH 303

11:45  a.m.-12:45 p.m., Thursday, March 5, White Hall 207

OISP will record this workshop and make it available for those who cannot attend, and we plan to hold additional sessions in the future as needed. Attendees should bring their own laptops and/or tablets to the workshop to follow along with the presentation.

I hope that in light of our current moment, you are able to capture some rest during spring break. We will continue to stay in touch as this rapidly evolving situation continues.  Thank you for the care that you extend to one another and to our students during a time of stress and uncertainty.




Michael A. Elliott
Dean, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Charles Howard Candler Professor of English
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322