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COVID-19 letter to residential students

Dear Residential Student,

This communication is an outline to help you with planning next steps as a result of Emory University’s response to COVID-19. The University is taking steps to limit the spread of the virus. Students are expected to move out of Emory residential facilities by Sunday, March 22, at 5 PM.

This was a difficult decision for the University, but the overall health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and surrounding community is our priority. We understand that this news impacts each of you in different ways. We will be here to support you over the coming days, including working with you to navigate processes associated with the Office of Undergraduate Education, Financial Aid, International Student and Scholar Services, Student Success Programming and Services, and many others across campus.

As you prepare for the upcoming transition and begin packing your belongings, we will ensure you have supplies. We will provide boxes for packing, moving bins, trash bags and dumpsters for waste disposal, recycling containers, and information about storage options. You will receive more details in the coming days about these resources and move-out procedures.

We will consider limited exceptions to allow certain students to remain on campus and provide support for those students who are unable to pack their belongings. We will review these requests as soon as possible on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions may include:

  • Students who will have difficulty returning to their home country based on governmental travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
  • Students with demonstrated financial hardship or who are housing insecure.
  • Students who are unable to return to Atlanta to pack their belongings

All students must complete the Move Out Form by Monday, March 16, 5 p.m. Students who are permitted to stay on campus will be required to relocate to a different residential space. Services will be limited, including access to many facilities, recreation and dining.

We know how disappointing it is for you to receive this notification and the disruption it will cause to our community. With the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizing the importance of taking active measures to contain spread of the virus in communities and mitigate risk to vulnerable populations in their communities, we believe it is the best decision at this time.


Elaine Turner
Senior Director, Housing Operations

Scott Rausch
Senior Director, Residence Life