August 20, 2021

Dear Spelman Community,

We write today to let you know that Spelman faculty members will return to in-person teaching effective Monday, August 23, 2021.

The health and safety of the community remain a top priority as we restore the residential college experience this year for our stellar faculty and students.

Below are important updates and reminders about the infection prevention measures Spelman is taking to keep the community safe as we move into the 2021-2022 academic year.


Students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face masks in all outdoor and indoor spaces - apart from their personal residential dorm room or singular office - and when attending large or crowded gatherings (e.g.: stadium events) until further notice.

The mask must cover the mouth and nose. Face shields do NOT replace mask wearing. Students and employees who choose to wear a face shield, must also wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose.

Physical Distancing

Students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to observe physical distancing of at least six feet, whenever possible. Masking is required for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status in classroom settings at all times

Avoid Large Crowds

We have learned that there have been large student gatherings near the AUCC campuses. Gatherings such as these pose a risk to you and your community. Throughout the AUCC, authorized gatherings such as the Olive Branch Ceremony have been canceled to reduce the potential of spreading COVID-19. We turn to our students, as our future leaders to comply with restrictions on large unauthorized gatherings. Organizers of unauthorized events will be sanctioned in accordance with the Spelman College Student Code of Conduct.

Ongoing Testing

The AUCC epidemiologist will closely monitor incidences of COVID-19 on each campus, which includes ongoing regular testing for all campus stakeholders, with varying frequency for vaccinated and unvaccinated members of the campus community.

Currently, we require vaccinated students and employees to take a PCR test every six weeks. This guidance on testing frequency may change as conditions change. Unvaccinated students and employees will receive a PCR test every seven days, or a rapid test twice a week, administered on campus.

The College will continue to work with the faculty to provide additional guidance on health and safety protocols as rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to develop.

May we all have a productive and joyful semester.

Best regards,
Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College

Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

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