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Spelman College Class of 2019

Community Standards & Code of Conduct

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

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Bonnie Taylor
Dean of Students
Assistant VP of
Student Affairs

Sylvia Maddox
Assistant Dean of Students

Shandra Jordan
Senior Administrative Assistant


Student & Parent Resources

Student Handbook (PDF)
Standards of Excellence Honor Code (PDF)
Community Standards & Code of Conduct (PDF)
Conduct Procedures (PDF)