February 1, 2022


By now, you have received a note from Spelman College Public Safety notifying the campus of a bomb threat. As you may know, Historically Black Colleges and Universities all over the country have received threats this year. Spelman received one two weeks ago and again early this morning.

The Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were immediately responsive and swept the campus with the assistance of bomb detection dogs. No devices were detected.

These threats are despicable. They are designed to make us feel fearful and vulnerable. I write now to let you know what additional steps the College is taking to ensure the safety of the Spelman community and our neighbors in the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

After Sen. John Ossoff reached out to the College yesterday to offer the support of his office, I notified him of the current threat. Today, we have learned that Sen. Warnock assured the AUCC that he would engage the director of the FBI to conduct an investigation as well.

As president, I have reached out personally to our Mayor this morning to request additional law enforcement support and he has arranged for the Atlanta Police Department to conduct additional patrols around the AUCC. We will continue to stay in close communication with local and federal law enforcement to ensure the safety of our campus.

Please be especially alert to your surroundings. If you see anything suspicious, call the Public Safety department at 404-525-6401 or contact the emergency dispatcher by picking up any of the eight emergency phones located strategically on campus.

Thank you,

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

Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

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