DeKalb County

Emory University to start remote learning over coronavirus fears, extends spring break

ATLANTA — Emory University announced Thursday night that students’ spring break will be extended until March 22 and after that, graduate and undergraduate classes will be done through remote learning.

“Residential learning will be suspended for the remainder of the semester while the university remains open,” the university said in a news release.


Emory said that students who are able should remain at home following the break. It also said students could collect their belongings through March 22.

The release said:

  • All students residing in Emory residential facilities should collect belongings and move out of their spaces between now and Sunday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m. Residential facilities will close at this time and will remain closed for the spring semester.
  • Residence Life and Housing Operations will be following up with residential students with specific instructions. Students who may have housing related extenuating circumstances can contact for additional assistance.
  • Students can expect to hear from their faculty about plans for the continuation of their classes.
  • Faculty should expect to hear from their deans’ offices about school and college plans for transitioning to remote learning.
  • The university is developing contingency plans for students and faculty who might need technical assistance and support during and through the transition to remote learning.

The university has also suspended any overseas travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea by any students, faculty and staff.

“We carefully considered all options to ensure that our entire community can feel safe in these uncertain times. We appreciate your flexibility, patience, and commitment to our community as we navigate the path forward together. While we do not have all of the answers to the very many questions that will naturally follow from our decision to take these measures to protect our community and those in the greater Atlanta region, we pledge to keep you informed as the path forward becomes clear,” the university said.