Emory University has canceled all in-person summer programs and fall study abroad programs in light of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an April 10 University-wide email from Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Jan Love. 

The University will only offer summer programming that can be “completed off-campus and in remote learning formats.”

“All other university events and gatherings, both on and off-campus, should be canceled, postponed or moved to virtual venues,” Love wrote.

All University-sponsored study abroad programs for Fall 2020 are canceled due to the health and safety concerns associated with global and domestic travel, Love said. She also noted concerns about the stability of sponsoring organizations and their ability to provide a quality experience for students. 

“While the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 makes planning for fall difficult, know that as we work to provide a year of rich learning experiences for students during the 2020-21 academic year, we will strive to create new and unique travel and study opportunities for students,” Love wrote.

In addition to these cancellations, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program has also been canceled. Students accepted to the program were notified about the cancellation in an April 3 email from Associate Director of Undergraduate Research Programs Timothy Raines.

Accepted students have been given the option to either pursue their projects remotely or defer their acceptance until Summer 2021. Students conducting remote research will receive a $3,000 stipend and will have to submit a plan for how they will conduct remote research. Those who are unable to conduct remote research will be automatically admitted into the SURE 2021 program. Students are required to make the decision by April 13.