COVID-19 Updates for Current Students

COVID-19 Updates for Current Students

Carey Business School continues to provide academic programs and resources for our students during these difficult and unprecedented circumstances.

All measures are reevaluated and updated as needed.

Updated: August 25, 2020

What you need to know:

  • Carey Business School is moving all in-person courses scheduled for the Fall 2020 semester (Fall I and Fall II terms) to a remote-live synchronous (remote-live) format. Visit our Prospective Student COVID-19 updates page for more information and frequently asked questions.
  • We will continue letter grades with an option to change to a pass/fail system for Fall 2020. For Session I and II courses, students may opt into pass/fail using SIS from September 15, 2020 through September 21, 2020. The deadline for Session I grade system updates is September 21, 2020. Information regarding additional dates for Session II grade system updates will be sent as we approach the start of Session II. Please contact with questions.
  • For Fall 2020, the residency portions on the online sections of Business Communication, Negotiation, and Leadership in Organizations, will be conducted virtually. Please direct questions to
  • Student services are being provided virtually. Please call or email the appropriate office for additional information. Students no longer have access to the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., campus facilities.
  • On April 21, Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University, announced a series of measures aimed at mitigating a projected revenue shortfall across the university due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available at the Johns Hopkins Hub.
  • International students should consult with their academic advisor if they plan to leave the United States before completing their degree program.

Fall 2020 Students

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is moving all of its in-person courses scheduled for the fall 2020 semester (Fall I and Fall II terms) to a remote-live synchronous (remote-live) format. This will include activities planned for Foundations Week/Orientation and residencies associated with some online part-time courses. Additional information will be communicated directly to students according to their programs. 

Our first priority is ensuring the utmost safety of our students, faculty, and staff. This decision was made because of continued uncertainty surrounding potential local health restrictions, as well as U.S. immigration policy and other travel restrictions. Additionally, we consulted with leading health experts from across Johns Hopkins University to inform our decision. While many students expressed their preference for in-person instruction in the fall, a much larger number indicated they would be unable to attend in-person or wanted to study remotely.  

We are taking every measure to ensure that our remote-live courses create a rich and rewarding learning experience for our students. We have invested in new “classroom studio” technology so that faculty can adapt their courses and lesson plans to provide the best educational experience possible.

Students with health concerns

If you are feeling ill—especially if the below criteria pertain to you—you are asked to call the Student Health and Wellness Center, rather than come in, so that initial guidance can be provided by phone:

  • Symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and/or fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Travel from an area identified as high-risk for COVID-19
  • Close contact with any person known to have COVID-19

The Student Health and Wellness Center are ordering COVID-19 tests for those who meet the criteria set by Johns Hopkins Infection Control. These criteria are updated on a regular basis, and the most current criteria for testing will be used when you are assessed over the phone.

If it is determined, based on the criteria, to administer a COVID-19 test, it could take up to 24 hours to arrange for the test during the weekday. If your test is being ordered on a weekend, you will be contacted on the next business day to arrange testing. Given the demand for tests, it is taking an average of two to five days to get results.

Carey Business School students (full- or part-time) can contact the Johns Hopkins Homewood Student Health and Wellness Center at 410-516-8270. The Well Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m. (closed 12:30–1:30 p.m.) When the clinic is closed you will be connected with our nurse advice line for medical concerns. Visit the Johns Hopkins Hub for more information.

We know that the COVID-19 situation is causing significant change and potential anxiety and distress for our community. For resources and support, contact the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program.

International students

International students may have questions about leaving the United States prior to the completion of their degree program. The decision to return home depends on your personal circumstances and requires that you consider all the potential consequences of your decision.

In addition to completing the above survey, we ask you consider the following:  

Academic Consequences
  • Contact your academic advisor to discuss your options if you plan to leave the United States before the end of the spring II session.
  • Carey Business School will provide remote course instruction this summer if you choose to return home. Please note, Carey cannot guarantee the same level of remote course technology outside of the United States.
  • In Spring II, if you are enrolled in a course that was built for blackboard, you may not have the same level of access as students who are being taught through Zoom lectures. This may impact your ability to complete degree requirements and delay your graduation. We will, however, work with you to finish your degree online.
Visa/Immigration Consequences

If you return to your home country, you may not be able to re-enter the United States.

Please consult Office of International Services website and contact the office with any questions at

Upon arrival to your home country, you may be held in quarantine.

Policies regarding foreign degree verification and residency (hukou) permit implications in China:

  • Students from China planning to return to China should consult the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) regarding the requirements for foreign degree verification.
  • According to the information provided by CSCSE, the current policy requires that at least 60% of the whole program is completed at the university abroad.
  • To understand all requirements and evaluate how their departure may affect their situation, students may seek guidance from CSCSE at

Students should also consult CSCSE to understand whether they will be qualified for Beijing hukou.

Financial Responsibilities

Be sure to consult your rental or lease agreement. You are responsible to pay rent for the remainder of your agreed upon terms.

Also be sure to check in with your roommate if you have one. Give them plenty of notice and remember that your financial obligations do not change if you leave the country.

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

If you are experiencing stress or anxiety for any reason, you can find resources for support at or contact the Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP) at, or find more information at

Access additional information regarding your student health benefits plan here at

 Please be in close contact with your academic advisor and be sure to update your current address in SIS if you plan to travel at  

Frequently Asked Questions

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