October 20, 2021

Dear Spelman community,

We know that many of you have questions and concerns about whether the College will resume normal class activities after the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

We write today to confirm that, with some exceptions, faculty and students are expected to return to in-person learning.

The College administration has decided that each instructor will be allowed to determine whether classes for the rest of the semester will remain in-person or be conducted virtually.

While most classes are likely to remain in-person, some instructors may elect to end the semester virtually.

Faculty that decide to teach virtually are required to give students ample notice, and ensure that they have the resources to move to virtual instruction, no later than Monday, Oct. 25.

Faculty moving to virtual after Thanksgiving should send an email notification to their department chair and the Office of the Provost.

Once we return to campus after Thanksgiving break all students, faculty, and staff will undergo PCR testing, and the College will continue to enforce other health and safety practices.

The community has done an outstanding job throughout our most challenging year to help ensure that Spelman can continue to deliver its mission during a global pandemic.

Our campus has seen a remarkably low COVID-19 positivity rate, even after fall break, as we continue to use mitigation strategies including regular testing, mandatory masking, frequent hand washing and safely distancing when possible.

Thank you for all that you've done.

Best regards,

Dolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychology
Co-Director, RISE Program


Office of the President
Phone: 404-270-5001

Fax: 404-270-5010

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