August 6, 2020

Reimagined Traditions and Events

This year, we are having to reimagine many of our community traditions and events. For first-year students, this means Orientation will occur entirely online instead of in-person. Songfest – a favorite annual community building event – will take a new shape (more details to be announced later). We are also planning to host Parent and Family Weekend and Homecoming virtually.

Notwithstanding the challenges presented by COVID-19, Emory’s programming teams and offices remain committed to creating and hosting experiences that promote community, personal and academic development, and health and wellness. The Emory Virtual Community Hub and Campus Labs (OrgSync) are your go-to resources for updates on campus programming. The Emory Virtual Community Hub features a centralized event calendar and creative engagement opportunities, such as a Student Art Gallery and a collection of student stories from the pandemic.

Clubs & Orgs

All student club and organization activities – including general meetings and social events – will be held virtually for the semester. Campus Labs (OrgSync) is your go-to resource for staying up-to-date on how to participate in and get involved with student-led groups.

Spending Time with Friends

To protect the health and safety of our community, we have assigned only one student per bedroom in our residence halls. We have also limited access to each residence hall to only those students who are living there (and the staff who support the space). Although these policies will limit the amount of social interaction residential students will have within their living spaces, there will still be plenty of opportunities for interaction – both in person and virtually – with friends, classmates, and peers. Here are a few ways students can build and sustain friendships, even on a physically distanced campus:

  • Host a virtual movie-watch, game night, or dance party.
  • Set up a puzzle or art project in a shared residential space and take turns participating.
  • Send each other notes and messages.
  • Have a small, physically distanced picnic or study session outdoors.

Communal spaces in residence halls will still be open and available for use, but capacity will be limited. Residence Life staff will also host virtual and small, in-person programs to engage and build communities on floors and in the residence halls while observing safety guidelines.