Shutdown Considerations

Criteria and Process

Decisions regarding dismissals or shutdowns of either or both the Emory and Marion campuses will be made in consultation with the Smyth and Washington County Health Departments. Scenarios that would instigate a dismissal or shut down of one or both campuses include, but are not limited to, government or health department order, exceeding the capacity of reserved student isolation housing, or disruption in the supply chain for essential materials such as cleaning and disinfecting products.

The College will be guided by the local health departments on the efficacy of whether to send students home or to keep them on campus. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, the breadth of cases on campus, the possibility for safe travel, the ability for the College to maintain critical services, and the capacity for student quarantine or isolation.


Reduced Campus Activity

Should either or both campuses need to dismiss or shutdown, the academic term will be completed using distance learning modalities. Some resources and services may need to be maintained on campus to support students who may not be able to return to their off-campus home in a timely manner. Academic and student support services will be provided to students remotely where feasible.

The Office of International Education will work with F-1 visa students to determine if they should withdraw from their courses, or if they should stay on campus, relocate to family or friends elsewhere in the United States, or return to their home country to continue their courses through distance learning modalities. All actions concerning international students will be in accordance with the regulatory guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which governs the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).


Communication Plan

Announcements and information regarding dismissal or shutdown will be disseminated to relevant stakeholders through mediums including, but not limited to, email, text, social media, and Web notifications.