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Emory College COVID-19 Update

Emory College COVID-19 Update - March 16, 2020 

We know that you have many questions about how the transition to remote teaching will work for the remainder of the semester. We thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this evolving situation. There are a lot of factors at play and we are working to resolve concerns as they arise. In this email we will begin to answer several questions that have been raised in regard to your academics directly with us or through your representatives on College Council.

Fall 2020 Pre-Registration

  • Pre-Registration will be delayed one week for all undergraduate schools. The new schedule is attached, and we have adjusted your registration appointments accordingly. Appointment times will remain the same, only the date has been amended. These times, which are all in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), should be viewable in OPUS now.
  • If you have an advising appointment with a faculty member this week, please confirm with them if this will go ahead or if they would like to postpone your appointment. Faculty are working hard on revising course syllabi so please be flexible.

Class Management & Faculty Expectations

Individual instructors will provide you with exact details on course arrangements no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 19. We want to be clear with you regarding teaching expectations from the administration:

  • Synchronous classes will meet at their regularly scheduled time, just in a remote format.
  • Some course content may be delivered in an asynchronous format, or a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Each delivery method offers different learning opportunities for students that the other method could not provide. Students should expect that faculty will offer this combination.
  • Faculty are expected to continue offering regular instruction, assessment and feedback throughout the duration of the semester.
  • Faculty are expected to offer office hours through a virtual platform. You should confirm the times/availability of these directly with your faculty.
  • Experiential Courses (labs, research, performance courses, internships, etc.) are under review. While you will be unable to continue these courses on campus, your instructors/coordinators are working hard to translate these into a suitable remote format. Some instructors have already provided information about alternative activities; others are working to develop options. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

If any of the arrangements communicated by your instructors pose significant difficulties to you (e.g. time differences, lack of reliable internet), please reach out to them and explain your concerns. Faculty are prepared to work with you as best as they can.

Technology Access

If you do not have access to a computer or are concerned about regular internet access in your home location, please also reach out to OUE directly at

Textbook Rentals

The bookstore has announced that the textbook rental due date has been extended to May 23, 2020. They will also work with students who return rentals after this date to ensure that you not penalized in any way. Barnes and Noble does provide a free shipping label from UPS if students choose to return their rentals by mail. You will need your order number to print the shipping label which can found on your confirmation email or rental reminder emails.

  • Domestic Students: The label can only be printed ONCE so all books must be shipped back together. Click here to obtain the label.
  • International Students / Outside of the United States: Please contact Priscilla Velasquez at for assistance with shipping.
  • Students are encouraged to keep a record of their tracking information.

Additionally, Barnes and Noble have partnered with VitalSource to make textbooks available online. While not all publishers are included in this arrangement, you may find that some of your textbooks are included. Visit the VitalSource website for more information.

We are working to provide you with updated information as it becomes available. We will keep you informed of any developments as it relates to your academic endeavors. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your academic questions and concerns at

Best wishes,

Shari Obrentz, Associate Dean, Office for Undergraduate Education
Dan Dillard, Assistant Dean, Office for Undergraduate Education
Steve Savage, Associate Director of Communications, Office for Undergraduate Education