Updated July 28, 2020
Dear Rollins Community,
As July comes to a close and we approach August, the return to school is on many of our minds. For several in our community with children, next month will bring the added stresses of at-home childcare and a return to homeschooling. We acknowledge the significant challenge this poses and wanted to reiterate our commitment to remaining flexible with faculty and staff as they strive to achieve a semblance of balance during this time.
Yesterday afternoon, Human Resources and Emory University Senate’s Task Force on Dependent Care sent out a survey to assess Emory University community members’ childcare needs for the fall. Please take a moment to fill out this survey if you have children and will be impacted by school and daycare closures. The deadline to complete the survey is July 31 (this Friday).
In addition, we encourage flexibility and open communication among managers as employees balance dependents’ needs with work expectations. Emory’s Human Resources is offering a number of sessions for managers related to remote work, team building, and conflict resolution that may be especially helpful in the weeks ahead.
As Rollins prepares for fall classes, we would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our staff within the Office of Student Services. Despite the atmosphere of uncertainty that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraged by our strong master’s student enrollment numbers, thanks in large part to this group’s efforts. To that effect, we wanted to remind everyone that the weeklong RollinsTogether Virtual Orientation will take place August 5-12 with CDC Day occurring virtually on August 21. The full orientation schedule is available here.
As a school, we remain committed to anti-racism efforts, a more equitable work and learning environment, and overall improvements to the Rollins experience. Yesterday, we launched a web page to highlight student voices demanding a more equitable and inclusive environment at Rollins, as well as the actions we have taken thus far. This page will be updated as new developments occur as we commit to a more equitable and diverse environment at Rollins.
Thanks to all of you for your partnership and for the work that you do for our school. We appreciate you. Please continue to take care of yourselves.
James W. Curran, MD, MPH
James W. Curran Dean of Public Health
Note to Applicants Affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak
GRE Testing Update:
The need for a diverse, well-trained work force in public health has never been greater than now. In an effort to support our applicants during this pandemic, the Rollins School of Public Health is making the submission of GRE scores optional for all candidates applying to our MPH and MSPH programs. This option, which will be granted only to applicants applying for fall 2020 and 2021 admission, will help to alleviate some of the challenges students are facing as they apply to our program during the pandemic. Please be sure to visit individual department pages to learn about department requirements and suggested courses. Our holistic review of candidates will continue to lead our evaluation process.
For students who wish to complete the GRE and send along their scores, ETS is providing remote testing options. ETS has introduced a solution for students who have been impacted by the coronavirus to take the GRE® General Test at home until test centers can reopen. GRE testing will begin on March 27.
The TOEFL iBT® will continue to be a requirement for International Students. Remote TOEFL® testing is scheduled to begin on March 26.
Testing for both the GRE and TOEFL will be conducted through the use of live remote proctoring serviced by ProctorU®. This high-touch, real-time human monitoring of test sessions limits the number of seats available. Students can register beginning today in the following countries:
- United States
- Hong Kong (China)
- Macau (China)
We welcome your application to the Rollins School of Public Health and hope you will consider joining our community of scholars and public health professionals. The Rollins School of Public Health is contributing greatly to the efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to read about our on-going research and efforts in this area.
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