Research and Training


Frequently Asked Questions

LGS students should not be assigned as essential lab personnel with on-campus responsibilities. No student may be compelled to come to campus for any purpose. Faculty must be flexible to support remote work arrangements for LGS students. In the event that a laboratory engaged in essential research activities requires an LGS student to maintain a physical presence in the lab, this must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies/Program Director, the PI’s Department Chair, and the Dean of the Laney Graduate School. The resulting decision will be reported to the PI’s School/Unit Dean. LGS will provide additional guidance and update the FAQs on the LGS COVID-19 webpage.

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Additional options for faculty and students to access textbooks and other learning materials: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/woodruff/news/textbooks-options

As the summer commences and requests for materials resume, Emory Libraries are available to support your research needs. Despite being “closed” for in-person operations, the libraries will provide access to resources electronically. In addition, whenever possible, some requests for physical materials can be accommodated. 

Please submit any requests from the physical collections through discoverE.  Login with your EmoryID and follow these instructions. If a digital alternative is not possible, library staff will work with you to get a physical copy and coordinate pick up times.

Need something the library doesn’t own? Please contact your subject librarian or use the purchase request form to request material, including e-resources, streaming video requests, etc. 

The remote collections libguide is frequently updated with information about accessing new and existing resources, including the Temporary Emergency Access Service from HathiTrust.

Questions? Contact your Emory Subject Librarians.

You will still have access to Emory Box. If you have files on Emory network servers, contact your local IT Support.

LGS will work closely with graduate programs to mitigate the impact on student academic progress in order to meet the academic needs of each student. If you have questions or concerns about your academic progress, please reach out to the appropriate contact below.

Name and TitleEmail and Phone

Student Affairs, Travel, Well-Being, ELSP

Mackenzie Bristow
Interim Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Director, English Language Support Program and Global Engagement

mackenzie.bristow@emory.edu

Diversity & CommunityAmanda Marie James
Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
amandamariejames@emory.edu

Faculty & Academic AffairsCathryn Johnson
Senior Associate Dean
cjohns@emory.edu

LGS will work closely with graduate programs to mitigate the impact on student academic progress in order to meet the academic needs of each student. If you have questions or concerns about your academic progress, please reach out to the appropriate contact below.

Name and TitleEmail and Phone

Student Affairs, Travel, Well-Being, ELSP

Mackenzie Bristow
Interim Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Director, English Language Support Program and Global Engagement

mackenzie.bristow@emory.edu

Diversity & CommunityAmanda Marie James
Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
amandamariejames@emory.edu

Faculty & Academic AffairsCathryn Johnson
Senior Associate Dean
cjohns@emory.edu

We realize that the impact of this disruption on our students and academic teams will be highly individualized. We have provided tips below and also recommend that each student connects with their mentors to develop successful strategies to advance their academic progress. 

Experts advise that anyone working at home do their best to maintain a routine and aim to include activities that prioritize health and wellness, such as:

  • Dress as if you’re leaving the house.
  • Plan out your working hours.
  • Make time for exercise, healthy eating, and rest. 
  • Maintain connections with colleagues through virtual coffees, lunches, or meet-ups.

If progress on a project is paused or delayed because you’re unable to collect data/run studies in the lab, travel to archives, conduct participation observation, or other methods of research, try to find alternative aspects of your project to focus on. For example:

  • Drafting a literature review or writing an introduction to a paper
  • Outlining or editing a dissertation chapter. You might also turn to discursive footnotes, creating a bibliography or an index. 
  • Look into future conferences and respond to calls for paper or poster abstracts.

LGS already has policies in place to support this situation. The decision to take a leave of absence in times of illness is difficult, and one that relates to academic progress. This decision should start with a discussion with your advisor. The Laney Graduate School Handbook has a number of policies that can provide guidance on academic progress.

Following the University’s announcement, please work to come to a stopping point with your advisor on all experiments and be prepared to not enter the building after Wednesday, March 18th, and until further notice. The Emory research community will be informed as soon as access is restored.

LGS students should not be assigned as essential lab personnel with on-campus responsibilities.No student may be compelled to come to campus for any purpose. Faculty must be flexible to support remote work arrangements for LGS students. In the event that a laboratory engaged in essential research activities requires an LGS student to maintain a physical presence in the lab, this must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies/Program Director, the PI’s Department Chair, and the Dean of the Laney Graduate School. The resulting decision will be reported to the PI’s School/Unit Dean. LGS will provide additional guidance and update the FAQs on the LGS COVID-19 webpage.

All LGS students should begin working remotely immediately, to the fullest extent possible, with transitions completed no later than Friday, March 20, 2020. Faculty advisors should work with their graduate students to develop individualized plans to continue their research remotely.