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University Resources/Campus Life

When you enter Emory University School of Medicine as a student, you become part of a diverse and caring community of students, faculty, and staff—all working together to help you become the kind of doctor you want to become. As members of the Emory community, medical students enjoy many resources, services, and support throughout the campus.

Bookstores

The new Barnes & Noble Emory University Bookstore carries Emory-imprinted clothing and gifts, school and office supplies, music, greeting cards, trade books and many other items.

The Emory Medical Bookstore is located on Barnes and Nobles 2nd Floor, and serves the needs of the medical and allied health students and faculty.

Campus Dining

Emory Dining offers busy students numerous alternatives for eating on campus. Cox Hall provides familiar food court options, as well as daily cafeteria selections. Stop by Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Dobbs University Center for coffee and a bagel before class. Or grab light breakfast and lunch options right here in the building at the School of Medicine Café.

William R. Cannon Chapel / Religious Life

Cannon Chapel provides program and worship space for Candler School of Theology and the University community. Designed by Paul Rudolph, the chapel has attained national attention as a landmark in contemporary religious architecture. The flexibility of the chapel design makes it well-suited for worship, education, music, and the arts.

A wide variety of worship experiences are conducted in Cannon Chapel. The Interreligious Council is composed of representatives and staff members from all campus religious groups. The goal of this council is to foster interreligious understanding at Emory.

University Worship, an interdenominational service, is held every Sunday during the academic year. There are Sunday morning and evening celebrations of the Mass for Roman Catholics, and a variety of Protestant services offered during the week. Jewish organizations offer Shabbat and High Holy day services, as well as kosher on-campus dining options, and many other programs and activities. Muslim students meet regularly for prayer services and other events. Diwali is offered by the Hindu Student Council. Buddhist meditations and sittings are available. Special guest preachers, speakers, choirs, and other religious leaders visit the campus for worship and education throughout the year.

For complete information about worship services and religious organizations at Emory, please visit the Religious Life web page at: www.religiouslife.emory.edu.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

Located on the main Quadrangle of the campus, the Carlos Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 16,000 objects, including art from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as American and European works of art on paper from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition to the permanent installations, the museum offers temporary special exhibitions from nationally and internationally renowned institutions and private collections.

The 1916 beaux arts design of Michael C. Carlos Hall (the original section of the museum), designed by Henry Hornbostel, has earned the building a place on the National Register of Historic Places. A 1985 interior renovation was designed by celebrated postmodernist architect Michael Graves, who returned in 1993 to design a 35,000 sq ft expansion, which opened to great critical acclaim. A dramatic renovation to showcase the museum’s permanent collection galleries of classical art was unveiled in 2004.

For a complete listing of current exhibitions and for more information about the Carlos Museum , please visit their website at: www.carlos.emory.edu

The Center for Ethics

The Center for Ethics strives to ignite moral imagination, to deepen knowledge of ethics, and to encourage lives of moral meaning and ethical practice through the Emory community. The Center leads innovative, collaborative programs, initiates thoughtful public discussion of pressing ethical issues, fosters new programs and organizations that advance ethical teaching, research, and service, and develops faculty capacity for teaching and research in ethics throughout the University.

The Center’s program in health science ethics connects the University and the community. Health science ethics faculty members teach courses in the School of Medicine , the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia—a collaborative program of more than 70 hospitals and healthcare organizations—explores clinical and organizational issues and considers policy implications. Current health science research projects include enhancing end-of-life care for children and adults and improving the reporting of medical errors.

The Center frequently collaborates with campus organizations and University departments to host public events to explore pressing ethical issues. Recent guest speakers have included: Eve Ensler, Ralph Nader, Aaron McGruder, Ben Stein and Cornel West.

R. Howard Dobbs University Center

Fondly called the "DUC", the R. Howard Dobbs University Center contains many features that enhance the activities and programs of community life at Emory. The central area known as the Commons includes a dining hall, lounge areas, Einstein Bros. Bagels, a branch office of the Emory Federal Credit Union, a ticket desk, the student information center, the Emory University Post Office, and 3 ATM machines.

The entire Commons area is wireless accessible, making it possible to connect with the Emory network via laptop—although campus computers are located throughout the Commons Area.

The DUC is also home to many offices and services for Emory students:

  • Harland Cinema
  • Mary Gray Munroe Theater
  • Office of the Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life
  • Volunteer Emory
  • Student Government Association
  • Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life
  • Art Galley (displays exhibits of local and regional artists, including students, staff and faculty)
  • Faculty Dining Room & Cafeteria
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Dooley’s Down Under (lounge with pool table, air hockey, foosball, CD player, and a stage area with sound system—featuring late night coffee after 11:30 p.m. )
  • Fax services, notary public, digital bulletin board
  • TV Lounge  

Center for Women at Emory

The Center for Women at Emory provides a gathering place for women for lively discussion or quiet contemplation. Established in 1992, the center offers learning experiences that help Emory women transform themselves and society. Its educational programs link the individual woman’s personal creativity to a life lived in community. The diverse views of women in all walks of life are welcomed, reflected upon, and discussed. The center provides advocacy, support, and the opportunity to translate concerns into action.

The Women’s Center offers a variety of programs such as women’s health, sexuality, and violence against women. The center’s library and resource room house a large and diverse collection of books and research materials related to gender issues. There is a private room within the center for nursing mothers. The center also offers on-site wellness services, including massage therapy and free, confidential drop-in time to consult with a counselor.

Equal Opportunity Programs

The Office of equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) was established in 1978 to ensure that Emory University provides a positive and equitable environment for all students, faculty and staff.

In 1990, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) became a unit of EOP; its major aim is to provide accommodations and coordinate services for students and employees with chronic medical conditions and/or disabilities.

The EOP is committed to contributing to the university by:

  • Developing affirmative action plans and policies;
  • Providing accommodations and coordinating services for students and employees with disabilities;
  • Assisting departments with the hiring process;
  • Investigating complaints of discrimination;
  • Designing training for customized workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including affirmative action, diversity, equity and sexual harassment;
  • Working with University Campus Planning to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • Mediating conflict to effect meaningful resolution.

Emory University complies with all applicable federal and state anti-discrimination laws, such as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA). The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP) directs production of the annual update of the Emory University Affirmative Action Plan.

It is the policy of Emory University that all employees and students should be able to enjoy and work in an educational environment free from discriminatory harassment. Harassment of any person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran's status is a form of discrimination specifically prohibited in the Emory University community. Any employee, student, student organization, or person privileged to work or study in the Emory University community who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent exclusion from the University.

Discriminatory harassment includes conduct (oral, written, graphic, or physical) directed against any person or group of persons because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran's status and that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, or hostile environment for that person or group of persons. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm.

In addition, sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or a student's status in a course, program, or activity.
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an employee or student is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that employee or student.
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an employee's work performance or a student's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

The scholarly, educational, or artistic content of any written, oral, or other presentation or inquiry shall not be limited by this Policy. It is the intent of this paragraph that academic freedom be allowed to all members of the academic community. Accordingly, this provision shall be liberally construed but shall not be used as a pretextual basis for violation of this Policy.

Emory’s Equal Opportunity Policy: Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, education programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status and strictly prohibits such discrimination by its students, faculty, and staff, who are assured of participation in university programs and in use of facilities without such discrimination. The university also complies with all applicable federal and Georgia statutes and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination. All members of the student body, faculty, and staff are expected to assist in making this policy valid in fact.

Lullwater Park

Lullwater is a beautiful 185-acre park located in the middle of Emory's campus. Its gardens, wooded walking trails, and scenic lake are enjoyed by members of the Emory community year-round . Located right across the street from the medical school, many Emory medical students can be found relaxing, picnicking, studying, or exercising at Lullwater.

Motorized vehicles are prohibited in the park, so pedestrian, skaters, and cyclers are safe from traffic at Lullwater. The park is also the location of the University President’s historic home, Lullwater Estate.

Safety & Security

The Emory Police Department is responsible for providing community service and law enforcement service functions for Emory University and the Emory community. The Emory Policy Department, Parking and Community Services, Alternative Transportation Services, and Fire Safety form the Community Services Division of Emory University.

Police, fire, and emergency medical services are available through the Emory Police Department, a state-certified police department. Emory police officers maintain full law enforcement authority in the state of Georgia . The department includes criminal investigators, crime prevention and community relations specialists, and uniformed police officers who patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Emory First Responder Unit is a student-run emergency medical response unit that is administered and funded through the Emory Police Department. The members of this unit are certified emergency medical technicians. The unit’s vehicles carry base life-support equipment, and each vehicle is always staffed with a certified emergency medical technician. The unit operates every day of the regular academic year and works closely with the DeKalb County EMS Division to provide for illness, injury, and emergency medical assistance.

In addition to providing traditional law enforcement services, the Emory Police Department places a great emphasis on community relations and community services, providing education programs on such topics as general crime prevention, DUI education, and sexual assault awareness.

The department also provides nighttime building security, motorist assistance services, and security escort services (from dusk to dawn).

Emergency telephones, designated by blue lights and “Emory Police” signs, are located throughout the campus. Each residence hall has a call box with an emergency button, and each elevator on campus is equipped with an emergency telephone. All these emergency phones connect directly to the police department’s emergency communications center. These phones can be used to request emergency and non-emergency assistance at any time. All University shuttles are radio equipped and can contact the police department to provide assistance as needed.  

Student Health Services

The Emory University Student Health Services (EUSHS) offers high-quality outpatient primary healthcare and health education services for enrolled Emory students, spouses/domestic partners, and children (age 12 and older). EUSHS is staffed by dedicated professionals, including physicians, psychiatrists, counselors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, health educators, and administrative staff.

EUSHS offers the following services:

  • Allergy injections and immunizations
  • Anonymous HIV and STD testing
  • Gynecology, family planning, and colposcopy
  • Health education programs and presentations
  • International travel clinic and immunizations
  • Laboratory testing
  • Mental health counseling and referral
  • Nutrition counseling and education
  • Physical examination
  • Primary healthcare
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Substance abuse counseling and referrals

For more information, visit the EUSHS website at: http://studenthealth.emory.edu 

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services, which has been in existence for more than 30 years, handles a wide range of cases. The Emory Law School provides the service, but anyone in the Emory community may utilize it. Students do make up a majority of clients, but Emory faculty and an increasing number of staff have come in as well. All cases are confidential. A minimum of two caseworkers are on call during office hours.

Utilizing Student Legal Services is easy. Clients are taken on a first-come-first-served basis; no appointment is necessary. First they will meet with a law student caseworker who will listen to their problem and take notes. Depending on the case, consultations can last from a minute or two up to an hour. The caseworker then discusses the case with the staff attorney, who will schedule an appointment with both the client and the caseworker to explore legal options.

Student Legal Services carries 68 caseworkers, all of whom are volunteers—none are paid or receive class credit. The office is open for 10 weeks each semester.