Fall 2020 BBA FAQ

Safety Procedures & Testing

The Emory Forward website gives details on University-mandated health and safety measures. Density is being limited, social distancing measures are being implemented, and masks will be required to reduce transmission. Faculty will have plexiglass in front of the lecture podium. Hand sanitizer will be available and cleaning supplies provided for students to wipe their surface when they arrive. There will be COVID testing, temperature checks, and contact tracing for the Emory community. The Emory Conference Center will be used to quarantine students who live on campus who may have been exposed to reduce spread.

Students, staff, and faculty will be required to wear masks.

There will be a general university conduct code stipulation. Failure to adhere will result in sanctions which will e clearly articulated by Campus Life prior to the start of the term

Students will be provided with a COVID kit that includes multiple masks, a thermometer, and gloves. It will be your responsibility to bring that with you. We will also have extra back-up if you forget yours on a given day.

This is currently under consideration by the University.

The Fall semester will resume as planned on August 19 with much lower density than was originally envisioned. Testing, contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and other measures will be implemented to limit transmission of COVID-19 in our community.

Yes, all safety protocols will be clearly outlined.

Yes, the University has contingency plans to move hybrid and in-person courses to remote if necessary. All precautions are being taken, including not only safety and health measures but also compression of the semester to end coursework prior to Thanksgiving. In addition, all faculty will identify back-up faculty should they be unable to teach.

Grading & Exams

Normal grading policies are in place for Fall 2020. Other than seminars that are only offered S/U, BBA students may not take any business courses on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Up to two 300-level College courses may be taken on an S/U basis. Courses taken S/U in Spring 2020 do not count against the number allowed.

Faculty have been asked to be creative in terms of offering remote assessments that do not assume a proctored shared space. Assessments may include a variety of class-specific deliverables, as outlined on course syllabi. For students with testing accommodations, OAS will provide options via remote access if needed.

Faculty are working hard to move away from the kinds of assessments that would be conducive to dishonesty if not proctored.


Orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 18th and Friday, August 21st and will consist of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous remote options for students who will be in a different time zone. It will include informational sessions to orient you back to campus and the BBA Program as well as community building. There will be small remote breakouts to give all students connection points that will remain throughout the semester.

We plan to offer a variety of experiences for incoming students, including an in-person leadership experience when it is safe to do so, and the orientation fees will be applied to that experience.

Schedule & Classes

Wednesday, August 19th.

The classes in which you have enrolled will remain on your schedule unless you adjust them during add/drop/swap. All special remote cohorts and in-person cohorts of a single section will retain the same schedule and will now be collapsed into a single cohort. All sections will be delivered via distance learning.

Breaks between classes have been lengthened to 25 minutes. We will retain the class times for which you have registered. Classes will begin at 8am.

All undergraduate business classes will now be delivered via remote learning. Within that delivery model, faculty will have discretion over the forms of asynchronous and synchronous learning utilized. Details will be in the syllabi and more guidance will be provided to student as the first day of class approaches.

Class attendees will be split into cohorts and will rotate between in-person and remote learning for that class. Each cohort will have class in person at least once per week. The other class session will utilize synchronous or asynchronous remote learning activities determined by the faculty member. Classrooms are being retrofitted with new Zoom technology to allow for interactive capabilities. All faculty are engaged in training this summer that will alignment their knowledge of instructional design in a hybrid model.

Senior Seminars will be offered both remotely and in-person so that students may select the option that works for them. Offerings will include seminars focused on racial and social justice and anti-racism. Enrollment in senior seminars will begin at the start of the semester and take place via add/drop/swap at that time. Capstone will also include both remote and in-person modules and will include at least one simulation module.

Yes, all of our courses will be delivered via distance learning and you may take them from any location that has reliable internet access.

Synchronous attendance in some classes will be minimized. In others, class participation and synchronous learning will mean it is necessary to attend classes at a fixed time. Details will be clearly stated in the syllabus so that students can factor that in to their course selection.

Other than a few selected college labs, based on health and safety concerns, there will not be any in-person undergraduate classes at Emory this fall.

Assuming that students are physically able to do the work, faculty will have a plan in place to enable those who need to quarantine due to COVID to be able to complete coursework remotely. In the case of severe or prolonged illness, we will work with students on a course-by-course basis as we always do.

Yes, deadline extensions, incomplete grades, and medical withdrawals will continue to be academic options that can be made available in cases of medical need or hardship.

Yes, the residency requirement and all graduation requirements remain in effect. Please see your advisor to petition for residency exceptions.

Attendance requirements will be outlined by your faculty member. Acceptable attendance assumes that you will be present in real time, with your video on and will remain actively engaged.

In the event that you are enrolled in a course that includes graduate level students and meets face-to-face, you will be enrolled in the undergraduate BBA, remote cohort of that class.

We are encouraging faculty to put out their syllabi as quickly as possible as they retool their classes. At a minimum, the notes section of the course Atlas will contain guidance regarding delivery and assessments for most classes by the beginning of August.

You will remain on any waitlist you are on for a business class.

Courses still have caps, which depend on the capacity of faculty to deliver content and meaningful interactions effectively. We are often able to accommodate all BBA students on the waitlist in core classes by the start of the semester.

We are not recommending an underload but, at the same time, it is best to not overload. This puts less at risk if you encounter challenges in balancing the demands of remote delivery. We are limiting enrollment to 19 hours.

Your faculty are examining course components to assure that they are aligned with academic goals and delivery methods. In some cases, this may entail adjustments but you can still expect participation and group work to be an important part of your academic experience this semester.

The same number of sessions will be required with new options and ways to fulfill requirements offered.

Regulations are evolving. Although mid-July guidelines appear favorable for retaining F-1 status while taking fully remote classes, please make sure to speak directly with your ISSS advisor about Fall regulations and your immigration status.

For seniors, remaining PE credits are waived. For juniors, one PE credit will be waived. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer the BBA ski trip in the future, regardless of PE credit needs!

If a course is open, you may add yourself via add/drop/swap July 21-August 2. If a course is full, please add yourself to the waitlist. We will be trying to accommodate as many students as possible off the waitlist for courses.

Faculty are being surveyed regarding whether their courses will be partially/fully synchronous or asynchronous, and this information should be available in early August.

There has already been one iteration of the "Goizueta Online Teaching Academy" and another one is scheduled for July 20th. Virtually all of our business school faculty have enrolled in one of the two iterations. The course is being led by our Instructional Design Team and contains prerecorded lectures, supplemental material, synchronous Zoom coursework and modules where faculty share best practices with each other. Among many others, some of the included topics are: instructional design models and aligned objectives, preparation and planning, on-camera teaching strategies, assessment design and rubrics, community engagement, and interaction, and facilitating online discussions. As part of this process, each faculty member is determining which assessments work best in which format.

Internships & Career Management

Companies are still figuring out their plans for the Fall in terms of headcount and timelines. The CMC will communicate with students over the summer regarding key dates and events as those become clear. The superday still exists and employers have adopted technology in their processes.

We will ensure all students have full access to recruiting activities, no matter where they are around the world.

Regulations are evolving. Please speak directly with your ISSS advisor about Fall regulations around immigration status.

Student Life

We hope to be able to hold meaningful weekly BBA social-distance gatherings. Stay tuned for information from the BBA Council about programming and student resources.

Stay tuned for information from the BBA Council about Fall programming.

Please connect with the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life.

We will not be able to hold traditional Kegs due to limitations on the number of people who can gather together. Stay tuned for information from the BBA Council on how programming will be executed for the Fall semester. We are committed to in person programming where possible, with appropriate social distancing and adhering to University guidelines on capacity.

The circumstances of Spring 2021 are still unknown. However, unless large numbers of people can safely travel by bus and stay in closed spaces, it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to offer the 2021 BBA ski trip.

Since all students will be engaged in distance learning, we do not anticipate any organized use of the building by undergraduate students this semester.

Facilities & Housing

Please contact the Office of Residence Life.

Since all students will be engaged in distance learning, we do not anticipate use of the Goizueta Building, the library, or other buildings by undergraduate students this semester.


Yes, tuition insurance is available through a third-party vendor for students in the event that they may need to withdraw due to illness. All students are eligible to sign up for tuition insurance.

Tuition Insurance Options

Students enrolling in our courses will be receiving the same educational content from the same Goizueta and Emory faculty members as they always have. Our faculty are working tirelessly to optimize the instructional design of each course. We are committed to delivering full educational value for students. Tuition will be assessed uniformly as set forth by the university.

Study Abroad

The Provost has indicated this is not possible but if a partner University is willing to accept a student in this fashion, we are willing to submit a petition for consideration.

The University will have a decision by October to enable students to obtain visas if needed.

International (F1) students residing in their home country/primary country of residence for the Fall 2020 semester will be permitted, on an exceptional basis, to take up to 8 credit hours/two classes via transient study to count towards their BBA credit hour total. Courses must be taken at an accredited university in the home country and be approved in advance by the BBA Program Office. Courses may count towards general flex elective hours only, and not towards business core, depths, or seminars. Students may opt to do one of the following:

  1. Retain their F1 status by simultaneously taking at least 12 credit hours remotely at Emory while engaging in up to 8 hours of transient student, or
  2. Take up to 8 transient hours only and lose their F1 status for the semester.

Students interested in pursuing transient study for the Fall should submit course syllabi to their BBA advisor for evaluation, and must submit an official transcript after coursework has been completed.


BBA advisors and CMC staff will be available for appointments and/or drop-in hours in a virtual format.

Notify your BBA advisor of your intent to take a gap year and complete and submit the BBA leave of absence request form.

BBA Leave of Absence Request

Faculty will meet with you remotely and will let you know their preferred method(s) of interaction.

We consider 5 academic courses to be a regular, full load. Whether a student can take 4 courses and make adequate progress towards graduation depends on how many credit hours a student has.

No decisions have been made yet regarding the Spring 2021 semester.

Ask Questions

Thank you for your patience as we work out all of the details of our return to campus. Please submit any questions you have via our online form and we will respond as soon as possible.