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A Message From the Dean of Students

Spelman College Dean of Students Bonnie Taylor
Dean of Students Bonnie Taylor

Dear Spelmanites

As we enter into a new academic year, let us shift our perspective to face new challenges, and create opportunities to showcase our many talents and resilience.

This year will look very different than we envisioned, and we grieve the loss of our sense of normalcy, but the experience of arranging differently our priorities, passions and pursuits will be amazing! Each of us will handle this experience differently and will remember this time in a unique way.

What is consistent is our ability to persevere through it all and stay the course of elevating ourselves and finding new purpose in lost opportunities. We are a community of scholars, activists, change agents and leaders.

We are in a time of the reawakening of America. With this comes the responsibility of having the Spelman community at the forefront leading the way and blazing the trail to new possibilities and understandings.

Spelman’s rich history of changing the world, whether through service in the immediate community or our global community, we are called to task in these times. I ask you- what are you doing to move your community forward? Think through your career at Spelman and how you will change your world and impact those around you. We are here to support you, support your dreams, and support the transformative journey you are embarking upon.

Like you, this is my first year as a Spelman community member, and I am excited, eager and ready for all of the challenges it will bring. I look forward to experiencing all of the magic that is the Spelman experience with you. Let us walk together and experience our Spelman “firsts” together.

We look forward to seeing all of the amazing things you will do as you join us for your educational career. Please do not hesitate to call upon myself and the Dean of Students' office if you need assistance or support.

You are the reason we are here and the reason we continue to work so hard to provide a quality experience for you!

About the Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students' Office is ultimately responsible for working closely with a variety of agents, offices and departments to create a vibrant community that enhances the quality of student life on campus.

Spelman has established expectations, policies and procedures designed to build a strong transparent, collaborative, ethical and just community of learners. All students assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the educational mission of Spelman College. 

We understand that learning and living in a community is not without difficult dialogues, personal challenges, and the need for support, reflection and guidance. The Office of Student Affairs, its staff, and particularly the dean of students is charged with helping student learners to be successful in the Spelman academic community.

The Student Handbook: A Guide for Student Success

Every Spelman student is expected to read, understand and abide by all campus policies, procedures and College expectations outlined.

The document contains student organization policies, campus resources, residence life and housing policies and procedures, Standards of Excellence Honor Code, academic integrity policies and the student code of conduct to support your educational journey.   

The statements in the Student Handbook are for informational purposes only and do not create a contract between Spelman College and any student. Spelman College reserves the right to change, add to, or discontinue any provision in this handbook at any time without prior notice to students.

Spelman College admits female students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Spelman does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other prohibited factor in any of its educational or employment policies, programs, or practices. Further information about Spelman's academic programs and the cost of tuition, room, board and other fees can be found in the Spelman College Bulletin.

Student Advocacy and Assistance

We provide guidance and support to students as they seek to resolve educational and personal challenges that may affect their academic progress. If you need assistance in situations such as a death in the family, medical or other illness, accident, or if you just don't know where to go, we encourage you to call or stop by our office in the Manley College Center, Room 210. We will provide one-on-one consultations with students seeking guidance in resolving educational and personal challenges; providing assistance and resource referrals that are focused on encouraging and empowering students to make informed choices and decisions. 

Know the Community Standards & Code of Conduct

Student conduct is viewed as part of the educational learning process. The Community Standards & Code of Conduct  protects the freedoms and liberties inherent in an academic community for individuals and groups of students. At Spelman College, all students are expected to know the code, and be responsible members of the learning community.

Although ultimate authority for addressing student conduct rests with the board of trustees of Spelman College, it delegates disciplinary authority to the senior student life officers to appoint conduct officers and determine the appropriate conduct officer or body to hear cases of student misconduct. The Dean of Students is primarily responsible for developing student conduct processes that assist students with the examination of behavior or conduct which interferes with or is perceived to be detrimental to the educational process. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be addressed by one a conduct officer, the Community Standards Review Board or the Dean’s Hearing Board.  


Students are always encouraged to settle disagreements through civil discourse and honest disclosure. If all students agree to resolve a conflict through mediation we will provide services and training in alternative dispute resolution and conflict management.

Restorative Justice

The Restorative Justice program involves the voluntary participation of students engaged in violations of the Standards of Excellence Honor Code and the Community Standards and Code of Conduct.   The process actively engages students in addressing the harm that has occurred and restoring the harmony of the community. 

Grievance Policy

If you were unable to reach a resolution with Spelman concerning your grievance/complaint, you may go to the State of Georgia NonPublic Postsecondary Education Commission website at to submit your complaint/grievance with the state. However you may contact them by mail or by phone at the following address and/or phone number below.

State of Georgia
NonPublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place
Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305

Fax: 770-414-3309

Office Hours: 8:30-4:30 Monday - Friday
Appointments on Scheduled Basis Only


Contact Us

Bonnie Taylor
Dean of Students
Assistant VP of
Student Affairs

Sylvia Maddox
Assistant Dean of Students

Shandra Jordan
Senior Administrative Assistant