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Fall 2020 FAQs

  • Academic Policies

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  • What if I start and decide I cannot continue with online learning?

    Students who decide they are unable to continue the semester should contact their OUE Academic Advisor to discuss what alternatives are available, including partial or full withdrawals.

  • At what point in the semester can I decide if the fully online experience works for me and still receive a full refund?

    The last date to receive a full refund for the semester is August 26 (the final day of Add/Drop/Swap). Students who choose to withdraw after this date may be eligible for a prorated refund. Students should contact their Student Financial Services representative for more information.

  • Can I take a leave of absence?

    Yes. Students may apply to take a leave of absence for the fall 2020 semester. The Leave of Absence: Personal/Other form can be found on the OUE Website, Resources A-Z.


  • Can I underload this semester?

    Our expectation is that students will be enrolled in 12 credits or more in the fall semester. Limited exceptions may be granted for graduating seniors who need less than 12 hours to complete degree requirements (complete Graduating Senior Underload form).

    Others requesting an exception should contact OUE Academic Advising to discuss options.

  • With the move to fully online, what happens to in-person course registrations?

    Your course registrations will be retained. We expect almost all of our in-person courses to transition into an online format. Any exceptions to this will be communicated to affected students, and departments will advise on appropriate alternatives.

  • Are there any special honor code policies related to online classes?

    The Honor Code applies equally to in-person and online classes. See Appendix 3 of the Honor Code (Academic Misconduct in the Remote Learning Environment) for more information.
  • If I'm struggling with online learning or health, may I drop/withdraw from courses midway through the term if it results in fewer than 12 credits?

    Students with medical or other extenuating circumstances can discuss partial withdrawals (below 12 credit hours), full withdrawals or incompletes with academic advising.  Students who withdraw from courses during the semester do not receive a tuition refund.


  • Can I get credit for work or experiential learning I do this fall instead of enrolling in Emory courses?

    Students are expected to maintain full-time status in the fall semester. Departmental internships or other experiential coursework may earn credit. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in their major to discuss any potential internship or experiential opportunities.

  • Will you offer the same satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading options as during spring 2020?

    No. The changes in policy in spring 2020 were approved due to the challenges of transitioning mid-semester.  Online fall 2020 courses are being planned as online courses, and so normal grading basis policies are in effect. Students can take up to 20 credit hours on an S/U basis towards degree completion but these courses do not count towards general education requirements or towards majors/minors.

  • Courses And Registration

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  • Will there be any courses (international or major specific) offered in person?

    A very limited number of studio, clinical, and lab courses will be offered in-person for specific students who require hands-on learning to graduate this year. For international students, we continue to monitor guidance from DHS after the recent policy change.  If you need an in-person course to retain your visa status, we are prepared to add you to a course relevant to your course of study.

  • How will I be graded?

    Normal grading policies will apply for the fall semester. GERS and major/minor courses should be taken for a grade. Students are limited to 20 credits total S/U (does not include PACE).

  • I live in a different time-zone than campus. How can I register for appropriate classes?

    Courses are scheduled in Eastern Time, though we understand that some courses offered early or late in the day may be more convenient for students living in other time zones. Schedule with your faculty major advisor or an OUE Advisor to discuss options. Some classes will only meet synchronously once a week.  While all students will be expected to attend synchronous sessions live, regardless of time zone, most will not meet more than twice a week.

  • If we are fully online, will we still proceed with the revised calendar (e.g. No fall break, no Labor Day, etc.)?

    Yes. The fall calendar is set. Classes will still meet on Labor Day, and there will be no fall break.

  • Will the course times be adjusted since all classes are online now?

    No. The course meetings times are set.

  • What steps have you taken to ensure online courses will be better than they were in spring?

    Our move online in the spring was focused on continuity of operations for the semester. This summer, more than 700 Emory College faculty and graduate instructors completed intensive training in online course design and teaching. Through this training, all faculty worked closely with their departmental colleagues and online instructional design professionals to redesign their courses for online delivery.

  • May I just take a single online course or two?

    We expect students to be enrolled in a full schedule for the fall semester. If there are compelling reasons why you would be unable to enroll in a full schedule, you should schedule a meeting with your OUE Advisor to discuss your situation and options.

  • I want to be full-time but cannot find seats in the classes I need. How can you help?

    Students who are having difficulty with course registration may contact their major advisor (for courses in their major) or their OUE Advisor (for general course advice). Students are encouraged to monitor course availability during Add/Drop/Swap and to use the waitlist function where appropriate.

  • Can I register for two online courses scheduled at the same time?

    No. The course times listed in OPUS are the synchronous meeting times. You may not register for more than one class that meets at the same time.

  • Does the change to mostly online courses mean I will have to re-register again?

    No. We expect in-person courses that transition to an online format to keep the same class times. In the event that challenges arise with individual courses, we will contact affected students directly.

  • How much outside work is required for online classes? Is this consistent across courses or up to each faculty member?

    Online courses require the same amount of work as an equivalent on-campus course. For both types of courses, students should expect to spend approximately 3 hours/week per credit hour on course work.

  • Will course syllabi be available prior to registration?

    As in semesters, past most syllabi will not be available until the semester begins.

  • What will the synchronous and asynchronous aspects of courses look like in general?

    Synchronous sessions may include lectures, activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and assessments. Asynchronous course content will require students to work through material at their own pace. This may include recorded lectures, videos, assignments, readings, etc. In addition, students should expect that all courses will continue to have homework assignments and other outside work.

  • What kind of flexibility will faculty offer regarding attendance, technology problems, etc.?

    Faculty are aware that students may have very occasional challenges with attendanceor technology. Students should be proactive in communicating challenges to their faculty (if not beforehand, as soon as technology permits) in order for them to help in an appropriate manner.

  • Will classes normally offered in the fall (101 language courses, 150 labs, etc.) be offered in spring or summer?

    Students can expect courses to be offered on their regular cycle, e.g. 101 language courses to be offered in the fall and the summer, and 102 language courses in the spring and summer. The Course Atlas contains several semesters of course offerings and is useful in determining typical offering patterns.

  • Is GBS going to offer all of the BBA pre-reqs online? What will that look like?

    All College pre-requisites (MATH 111, ECON 101, ECON 112, and continued writing courses) will be offered online. For all BBA questions please connect with Anna Gibbons, Director of Pre-BBA Advising and Admission for the BBA Program.
  • Will the course capacity increase for those that were formerly in person and capped at 35?

    Departments may be changing enrollments as they always do to add spots for newly enrolling classes, or to meet demand.  Some classes will not have changes in enrollment numbers. Continue to monitor OPUS and utilize the waitlist function to maximize your opportunity to take advantage of capacity changes.

  • Are textbooks and materials going to be all digital?

    No. We expect that in some cases, students will need to order materials from online vendors. Consider shipping times when securing your required texts and order early if possible. Questions about required texts will be communicated to you by your instructor.

  • Can I visit online courses I am interested in during the A/D/S period?

    No. If you want to be considered for the waitlist for a specific course, you should reach out directly to the professor with questions.

  • I am interested in graduate programs (or the Dual Degree Program with GA Tech) and they’ve stated that online classes cannot be used to meet pre-requisites. What guidance can you provide?

    If programs will not accept online courses as pre-requisites, we recommend students delay taking these courses until they are offered in person.

  • International Students

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  • Who should I contact for questions about my immigration status, online courses, and where I am located (inside/outside the United States)?

    All immigration related questions should be directed to your ISSS advisor.

  • Who is my ISSS Advisor?

    Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for information about your advisor.
  • COVID, Illness, & Absences

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  • Will I be tested for COVID? How often?

    Students who are approved to return to campus will be tested for COVID by University/Healthcare. Specific details about the tests and frequency will be announced by University officials.

  • If I get sick and I live on campus, where will I go?

    Students who live on campus and become sick during the semester will be isolated in a dedicated housing space.

  • How will I be taken care of if I get sick?

    Student Health will continue to provide care to students, as it has during the summer and spring.

  • What happens if I get sick with COVID (or another illness) during the semester?

    We will follow the OUE Absences policy for these cases. Students who are absent three days or less may submit a self-service honor statement. Those absent for four days or more should send medical documentation to OUE will process the form and follow up with your instructor. If you do not have medical documentation, please still submit the self-service absence certification. Please note that OUE only provides official absence excuses in the event of missed midterms or finals.
  • How will professor illness/absences be handled?

    Emory faculty have spent the summer preparing for a variety of contingencies. Depending on the severity of their conditions, they may continue to offer classes online, or an appropriate substitute faculty member may be asked to cover class time.

  • Decision Making

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  • Returning Students: When will I have to decide if I am coming or taking a leave of absence?

    We encourage you to make this decision before the first day of classes (August 19).

  • Returning Students: How do I return from a Leave of Absence?

    Returning students may return from a leave of absence by completing a Request for Readmission form. Students may complete this form at any point within 5 years of beginning their leave. Beyond five years, a student would need to seek additional approval from the Committee on Academic Standards.

  • Returning Students: What are the non-academic consequences of taking a semester or year off?

    Students may need to discuss with FA or ISSS advisors to determine if this affects repayment of loans or Visa status.

  • Will I receive a refund if I take a leave of absence or deferral?

    You will receive a 100% refund if you apply for a leave of absence of deferral by the end of Add/Drop/Swap (August 26). Beyond this date, you would be required to take a withdrawal, and any reimbursement would be prorated per the schedule published by Student Financial Services.

  • If I start online in the fall, can I return to campus (live on campus) in the spring?

    Emory University is still working through Spring 2021 planning, and these details have not been determined.

  • Financial: Tuition, Fees & Insurance

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  • Will tuition be adjusted?

    Emory will offer undergraduate tuition at the same rate as the 2019-20 academic year.

  • Will there be work study?

    Yes. Students will be able to participate in remote work study opportunities.

  • Can I accept remote employment on campus if I am an international student?

    No. For tax purposes, we can only pay students residing in the US. Questions regarding employment and visas should be directed to your ISSS advisor.

  • Can you extend the partial refund deadlines?


  • Will Emory reimburse me for my lost deposit for an apartment at Emory Point this fall, if all fall courses are online and my parents want me to live at home?


  • Honors Program

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  • Can I participate in the Honors Program if we are fully online?

    Yes. You may participate if you meet the requirements for the program, have an appropriate project that meets your department’s standards and have the approval of your department.

  • What are the requirements for the Honors Program?

    Please refer to the Emory College Catalog for additional information about the Honors Program.
  • Who will be allowed to live on campus?

    Existing housing agreements for the following groups will be honored to allow for academic progress: Seniors conducting honors research that requires on-campus work; seniors and juniors who have registered for a small number of class that cannot be moved on-line; first-year students; Residence Life student staff (RA’s and SA’s); and students who were approved in March to remain on campus after spring break.

  • Will there be a petition if I am not included in the groups listed above?

    Additional groups of students including those who face insecurities in housing or finances and those who confront severe challenges due to time zones or access to technology - can petition to live on campus. More information will be provided by Housing via email.

  • Who should I contact if I have additional housing questions?

    Questions regarding housing, and the housing process should be directed to
  • Oxford Specific

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  • Why do I need to complete the 54-credit residency requirement if all my classes are online?

    The residency requirement does not require your classes to be taught in-person. As you will be graduating with a degree from Emory College, the requirement ensures that you complete enough coursework in the College to justify the degree.

  • If I take online classes at Oxford will these count towards the 54-credit residency requirement?

    If you are enrolled as an Oxford student, any courses you take on either campus (even if online) will only count towards your Oxford residency.  Atlanta residency begins after your complete your Oxford degree.

  • Will the Oxford residency requirement be amended?


  • Performance Courses, Experiential Learning & Research

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  • How will labs or performing arts courses work?

    Many labs and performing arts courses will transition to be taught online. Professors are working to transition their courses to the online environment in discipline-appropriate ways. If you have specific questions about these courses, please contact the department directly.

  • The lab I need is only offered in-person. What options do I have to complete remotely?

    Contact the department advisor for guidance. Students may be asked to delay taking the course. If the lab course is needed for graduation this semester, your department advisors will discuss options.

  • Can I participate in research if we are all remote?

    Students may participate in research remotely with faculty mentors.
  • How can you say my experience is “equivalent” if I can’t be in a lab course?

    Instructors have designed online laboratory courses that cover the same learning outcomes.

  • What if I’m not satisfied with the online performance courses I need for my major?

    Discuss with your academic major advisor or the DUS.

  • I am entering my junior/senior year, how can I get hands-on experience in advanced labs to prepare me for graduate school or a job if we’re completely online? If I don’t have these skills, I will not be competitive.

    Many students across the nation will be in similar situations.  We expect graduate and professional programs/employers to understand the limitations of opportunities available to current students.

  • I was planning to shadow a doctor at Emory Med this fall. Can PHA help me find a local shadowing experience to prepare me for Med School?

    Pre-Health advisors are available for appointments through College Connect and can help you think through your situation and discuss options.

  • What will academic support look like?

    Most academic support resources will continue to be available online, including: EPASS Learning Assistants, EPASS Academic Peer and Staff Coaches, EPASS Tutoring, the Writing Center, and academic workshops.  All of these services will be available online.

  • Will professors still have Office Hours? How will those work?

    Yes, instructors will hold virtual Office Hours and scheduled appointments via Zoom.

  • Online classes are not conducive to my learning style. Will there be support/resources to help me learn how to succeed in online classes?

    Yes, EPASS Tutors, Academic Coaches and Learning Assistant's will be working with students on how to best strategize in online classes, and EPASS staff plan to offer a series of workshops targeted at online learning, and strategies for success. In addition, OUE is creating a specific CANVAS module for students which consolidates many resources and suggestions for learning in an online environment.

  • Will you offer virtual counseling (CAPS) or health services (SHS)?

    Students should visit the CAPS or Student Health Services website for more information on their service offerings, and what will be available virtually.

  • Will faculty and staff be available to meet?

    Office hours and faculty appointments will be available online.

  • How will DAS/OAS resources and support change if we are online?

    Accessibility Services resources will be available virtually. Students requiring accommodations should still follow the standard application process.

  • Technology

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  • What equipment do I need to participate in online courses?

    Please refer to these technology recommendations from Student Digital Life.

  • What if I do not have/cannot afford a laptop?

    Please contact your financial aid counselor for options.

  • My internet is spotty. What happens if my class/exam is interrupted by a service outage?

    Reliable internet connections are important for online courses. If a temporary outage occurs, please contact your professor once you have internet again.