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All Emory University students are invited back to campus for the fall 2021 semester, University President Gregory L. Fenves wrote in a March 24 statement, posted on the Emory News Center’s website. 

Fenves expects vaccines to be “readily available” to all students ahead of the fall semester, and strongly encouraged students to get the vaccine when eligible. He did not specify if receiving the vaccine will be a requirement for students returning to campus.

He noted that the Emory community will still be expected to follow COVID-19 safety protocols from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the fall, including guidelines for masking, social distancing and testing.

“Throughout the last year, Emory students have followed the public health protocols and practices,” Fenves wrote. “There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has been transmitted in our classrooms, and the positive test results have remained low.”

Additional information about the 2021-2022 academic year will be communicated to students and faculty through their respective schools and programs.

Oxford Fall 2021

Dean of Oxford College Douglas Hicks announced in a March 24 email to Oxford students that the “vast majority” of courses will be in person this fall. Some classes will be online for international students or students with medical conditions that prevent them from coming to campus. 

All students will also reside on campus, with most having a roommate. More housing information will be released by April 1, Hicks noted. 

In-person seating in the Oxford Dining Hall will be available as well. The University will resume shuttle routes to the Atlanta campus and businesses in Covington, Georgia. 

Emory College Fall 2021

Senior Director of Housing Operations Elaine Turner announced in a March 24 email to Emory College students that residence halls will operate at full occupancy during the 2021-2022 academic year. Requirements for first and second-year students to live on-campus will also resume. 

Housing selection process information will be released on March 29, and housing applications are expected to release on April 1, Turner noted. 

“Emory believes deeply in a liberal arts education, which includes undergraduate students having a significant on-campus residential experience,” Turner wrote.