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A safety message from Emory’s police chief
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Laura Diamond

Note: The following message was sent to the Emory community by Police Chief Cheryl Elliott.

Emory Community,

I want to reach out with information regarding the lockdown that occurred earlier today. An incident originated at nearby Druid Hills High School that affected our Clifton Road campus. In response to this rapidly evolving situation, the Emory Police Department (EPD), working closely with our law enforcement partners, took necessary steps to protect the community. We arrested the subject earlier today.

I know this may have been a frightening situation for many. Emory strives to ensure that information our community receives during these situations is accurate. We apologize for any confusion an earlier tweet regarding an active shooter situation may have caused. There was no active shooter. There were concerns of a possible armed subject on campus. When it comes to protecting the Emory community, we act out of an abundance of caution.

We appreciate how quickly you responded to the safety alerts we issued. With your partnership and cooperation, we were able to apprehend the subject. EPD is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive campus for everyone. We take this role very seriously. Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, make sure your profile is set to receive emergency notifications. We rely on strong relationships with Campus Life, the Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, university leaders and others listed below to provide the support you need. 

As Emory proudly resumes Commencement and routine activities across campus this weekend, know that your continued safety is our priority. EPD continues to partner with neighboring law enforcement agencies to make this event the special celebration our students, faculty, staff and visitors deserve.

Chief Cheryl D. Elliott
Emory Police Department 

Emory Resources

Keeping this community safe is a partnership. Please use the resources below to stay connected.

Emergency and Safety 

  • Update your personal contact information in Emory's Emergency Notification Program.
  • Download the LiveSafe safety app.
  • Emory Police Department: 404-727-6111
  • Emory Police Department at Midtown: 404-686-2597
  • Emory Police Department at Oxford: 404-727-6111

Support Resources

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual, group and couples counseling; stress management classes; and community outreach to provide support for students on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses and assist them in negotiating emotional and interpersonal difficulties. CAPS on-call counselors are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Atlanta campus: 404-727-7450. Oxford campus: 770-784-8394. 
  • TimelyCare is a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7) virtual care service available from nearly anywhere for all enrolled Emory students. Sign up using your Emory email address. Once there, you may schedule a session with a health care provider. TalkNow, a part of TimelyCare, is a free on-demand 24/7 resource for immediate access to a mental health professional.
  • Student Case Management and Intervention Services (SCMIS) provides support for basic needs, follow up care, and other resources. If you are concerned about a student (non-urgent), please submit a Student of Concern form and SCMIS will follow up with the student. 
  • Student Intervention Services (SIS) assists students in times of crises, not only as an invaluable resource during emergencies, but also as a source of impartial, judgment-free counsel for students seeking guidance and assistance through life's difficult times. 404-430-1120.
  • Student Health Services (SHS) offers free psychiatric services for all enrolled Emory students. Services include diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations, long-term management of psychiatric medications and community referrals. For guidance for after-hours emergencies, visit: Atlanta campus: 404-727-7551. Oxford campus: 770-784-8376.  
  • Office of Spiritual and Religious Life offers worship, prayer, meditation, and support through spiritual communities, educational programs; confidential pastoral care; and connections with service and social justice efforts. We also plan vigils and other rituals with students, faculty, and staff. Atlanta campus websiteOxford campus website
  • Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) provides free and confidential support for employees and benefits-eligible Emory University employees and family members. Services include individual, couples and family counseling, coaching and consultation, and individual or team crisis support.  Daytime emergency appointments and on-call after-hours support are available. Visit the emergency services webpage or call 404-727-9355 (WELL).   
  • BHS: Emory Healthcare has partnered with to provide you and your household members with confidential, in-the-moment support to help with personal or professional problems that may interfere with work or family responsibilities. This program is free and available at no cost to you. Services are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Call/text 1-800-327-2251 or visit the MyBHS portal (username: EHC). 
  • EmBRACE Peer Support: Emory's Building Resilience and Compassion Enculturation (emBRACE) Peer Support Program is an interprofessional, systems approach to decrease the lasting burdens of secondary trauma and moral distress experienced by Emory Healthcare and Woodruff Health Sciences Center employees. Trained peer supporters include physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, chaplains and social workers. To be partnered with a Peer Support Leader, please email
  • Spiritual Health: Emory Spiritual Health embraces the traditional religious care provided by professional health care chaplains, but also expands to include spiritual and cultural qualities associated with whole person health. Team members come alongside patients, family members and Emory Healthcare staff who are coping with health and work-related distress. Never hesitate to reach out to a “Blue Coat” from Emory Spiritual Health. Staff support contact information is available here.

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