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COVID-19 and EMU

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Fall FAQs

Looking for answers about fall? We're working to provide with with as much information as possible about our plans for the fall semester. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Not every question below has an answer, but we hope to provide as much information as possible in as timely a way as possible. Continue to check the FAQ page for updates. It is the location with the most comprehensive information regarding fall plans. 

Learn more about fall semester

Important info

  • The Virginia governor’s statewide stay-at-home order is in effect through June 10, 2020.
  • EMU expects to open in the fall for in-person instruction. Our FAQ page has much more information about fall 2020.
  • The fall semester will begin on August 25 (one week earlier) and in-person instruction will end on November 25. The final week of courses and final exams will be taken online.
  • We are offering the advantage of single occupancy for many, if not all, of our incoming and returning students. See more in the student life FAQ
  • We are committed to having fall sports, although the format and schedule may be different than previous years. See more in the athletics FAQ.
  • The following general policies continue: 
    • The Harrisonburg campus is closed to non-essential visitors. To support health and safety, EMU is requiring invited guests to register. Register here.
    • The Lancaster site is closed.
    • All non-essential university travel is suspended. 
    • Faculty and staff returning from travel must self-quarantine for two weeks.
  • Cares Act Reporting

More Info For Prospective Students

We wish we could still host your visit to our beautiful campus. Our admissions team would love to get to know you and talk to you more about your future plans.

EMU communication and leadership

 What communications has EMU sent out to students, the EMU community and parents?

 Click on the link to read university communications:

6-15-20: Email to EMU Lancaster faculty, staff, and students
Email to current students re: fall opening
Email to parents re: fall opening
Email to EMU Lancaster faculty, staff and students
 Email to parents regarding fall plans
Email to faculty and staff regarding Governor Northam's Executive Order 65 Phase II
4-17-20: Email to students regarding room and board
Update to EMU community on commencement
Update on CJP anniversary celebration
Update to parents
Update to EMU community
Update to parents
Update to EMU community
Update to alumni
Update to all Harrisonburg students
Update to EMU community
Update to parents
Update to parents re: spring athletics
Update to parents
Update to campus
3-13-20: Fitness center closure to public email
3-13-20: Email about Preparatory Music lessons moving online
COVID-19 Action Plan email
3-12-20: Email about Lancaster COVID-19 Action Plan
3-12-20: Email to parents about action plan
3-12-20: Email to Summer Peacebuilding Institute Participants re: COVID-19
Email from President Huxman
Email to EMU Lancaster
 Email to Parents 
3-7-20: Email to EMU Community

Who is EMU’s leadership team ? What is the Crisis Management Preparedness Team?

The Crisis Management Preparedness Team includes members from across campus; it leads major decision-making on issues related to campus operations. The team works in collaboration with the President, the President’s Cabinet, and the Provost’s Office.

In this particular event, the team is meeting regularly to process updates and recommendations from local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH). 

Public information about the virus 

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