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The Latest on the Coronavirus

Updated March 31, 2020

Olive Branch Students

Student Emergency Fund

Because Spelman is founded upon and embraces sisterhood, it is in this spirit that we are asking for your support for our students who may be experiencing financial hardships with unexpected travel home.

Let’s rally around our sisters to show our love and encouragement!

Support Our Students

Transition to Remote Learning

Spelman will move to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23, enabling students to complete their academic program off-campus. Academic programs will be offered remotely until the end of the spring semester.

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Coronavirus Update: Spelman College Shifting to Remote Learning

Instructions For Students in Residence Halls

Remote Technology Resources

Summer Programs Application Extention

The application deadline for Summer Programs has been extended to April 15, 2020.

Summer Programs

Important Information

The COVID-19 virus continues to spread through a growing number of regions in the United States and the rest of the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization have shared that we are past the point of being able to contain this disease and have declared its status a pandemic. While there continue to be no reported cases of the virus on our campus, the need for mitigation efforts is urgent.

  • Spelman College is extending Spring Break by one week through Sunday, March 22.
  • Spelman will move to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23, enabling students to complete their academic program off-campus. Academic programs will be offered remotely until the end of the spring semester.
  • Students should check e-mail often.
  • Spelman is suspending ALL college-sponsored and college-related faculty, student and staff international travel until at least June 30, 2020.
  • Spelman is continuing to monitor the fluid situation daily and is closely following recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Georgia Department of Public Health to stay prepared to do everything necessary to ensure the health and safety of our community.
  • For updated information on the international outbreak, follow the daily World Health Organization Situation Report.
Community transmission of the Coronavirus is increasing. The College strongly encourages that we all restrict greetings to respectful nods and smiles or elbow bumps that replace handshakes and hugs.

What do I need to do?

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Unless you have recently traveled to affected countries, or have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection, there is no need to change any routine activities or behaviors related to the outbreak. The CDC advises there is no need to wear a mask unless you need to avoid spreading your own respiratory illness to others, or are caring for someone with COVID-19.

In general, practicing routine hygiene etiquette is the best way to prevent the spread of infection:
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol hand rub regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Anyone who is ill should keep a safe distance (at least 3 feet) from others to reduce the risk of transmitting germs.
  • Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you’re seriously ill, seek medical advice from a health care provider or emergency department.
  • Prior to seeking care, call your healthcare provider to communicate your symptoms and travel history. When seeking medical care, refrain from lingering in areas of the medical facility where others may be present.
  • If you are a student or concerned about a student, follow the steps above. Students can call the Health Services Department at 404-270-5249 during clinic hours or Public Safety after clinic hours at 404-525-6401 to arrange for a medical evaluation. The Department of Health Services is asking all students with any respiratory illness symptoms to put on a mask before entering the waiting room and check in at the front desk. If the healthcare provider suspects that there may be a case of COVID-19, they will contact the Georgia Department of Public Health and follow their instructions.
  • Enroll in Spelman Alert for Emergency Communications. Spelman and the Atlanta University Center Coronavirus Task Force continue to monitor this fluid situation by following recommendations from the Department of State and the CDC. We are also working closely with government agencies, like the public health and emergency preparedness arms for Georgia, Fulton County and the City of Atlanta, to obtain advice and guidance on managing the campus in the event of an outbreak. While all students are automatically enrolled in Spelman Alert, our primary source of communication for messaging during emergencies, we encourage faculty, staff, parents and guardians to confirm that they are enrolled as well. You should also update any of your information that may have changed, including email addresses and mobile numbers.
  • More recommendations and answers to the following questions can be found on Spelman's Health Services page.

    - What is the Coronavirus?
    - How does COVID-19 spread?
    - What are the symptoms?
    - Is a treatment or vaccine available?
    - How is Spelman prepared?

Spring Break Travel

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1. Spelman is requesting that you register your travel for Spring Break, even if you are traveling within the United States.

2. While we have not historically asked any member of our community to register personal travel, we strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to register, as the path of the Coronavirus is fast moving.

3. Local, state, and federal travel regulations and health guidelines are changing rapidly, and we want to be as responsive and supportive as possible should more changes occur.

4. Your registration information, travel location and all details will be kept confidential and will only be used to contact you should the location to which you’re traveling be designated Level 3 or Level 4 by the U.S. Department of State or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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1. The College has established a protocol requiring anyone returning from a country that has been designated Level 3 or Level 4 by the Department of State to self-isolate for 14 days, and obtain a medical screening before returning to campus even if they are not exhibiting symptoms associated with the Coronavirus.

2. In order to protect the broader community, students, faculty, or staff, who have traveled internationally and are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the Coronavirus - including fever, cough or shortness of breath - should receive a health screening immediately and self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before returning to campus.

3. In order to return to campus, students who are symptomatic must have a health screening to confirm that they are virus free.


1. Please visit the Department of State's website, which provides current travel advisories for countries worldwide. Additional information and guidance regarding travel and the Coronavirus can be found on the CDC’s website.

2. If you do have to travel,
a. Download the International SOS (ISOS) app.
b. Stay alert to changes and developments that may affect your plans. Monitor travel advisories, including potential restrictions on border crossings, and be ready to change your plans if conditions change.

3. Please see earlier guidance shared about Spring Break travel and continue to visit this page on for the latest information.

• Spelman has canceled study abroad programs in Italy, which has areas designated Level 3 and Level 4 by the CDC and Department of State. College officials have communicated with all students studying abroad in programs sponsored by Spelman, and have paid particular attention to those who are studying in countries with Level 3 and 4 designations.

• Faculty, staff, and student travelers should be aware that viral outbreaks change quickly and, according to the CDC, they "may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad."

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