August 21, 2019

I write to update you about a deeply concerning incident that has happened in the Atlanta University Center.

At approximately 10:35 p.m. last night, Spelman College's Department of Public Safety received a report of a shooting in the area of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Spelman officers responded and identified two Spelman students and a two Clark Atlanta University students who had been shot while attending a block party. The students were conscious, alert and were transported to a local hospital. I and a resident director arrived at the hospital by 11:30 p.m. Both students sustained non-life threatening wounds and have been moved to a regular floor for observation.

Counselors from the Spelman Counseling Center arrived on campus following the notification of the shooting to provide support for students in the residence halls.

Today Sisters Chapel, the Counseling Center, Undergraduate Studies, the Health Clinic and residence halls will be prepared to support and uplift the Spelman community as needed.

We are asking our faculty to be aware and prepared to support those students experiencing the effects of this tragedy who may not be in class, as well as others who will attend class, but will need guidance and an opportunity to discuss any concerns.

Public Safety has shared the following advisory:

- Stay clear of the area where this incident occurred as it remains an active crime scene.

- There is no reason to believe that this incident represents an on-going threat to any individual or the community-at-large.

- No suspects have been identified at this time and the incident is being investigated by the Atlanta Police Department.

Members of the Office of Student Affairs have been in touch with the students and their families and are providing assistance. The president has spoken to the parents and will be at the hospital.

Our hearts go out to the students, their families and loved ones, during this extremely difficult time. The entire Spelman community is here to support them.

For help in organizing support or sending cards or notes to the students, you may reach out to Daphne Faison, executive assistant in the Student Affairs office, in 210 Manley College Center, She will ensure that any notes or cards are received by the students.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


Darryl B. Holloman, Ph.D.
Vice President
Office of Student Affairs

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