Just under half of Spelman students had been vaccinated as of last month, consortium officials reported to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Spelman officials have not yet provided updated vaccination numbers.
Spelman, which last year had nearly 250 faculty members and about 2,100 students, responded to the concerns Thursday by posting expanded guidance on its website. Spelman posted a 22-page document for faculty that includes rules requiring face coverings for employees and students in all classrooms and most indoor and outdoor spaces on campus, and consequences if students do not comply with the guidelines. Noncompliance will be considered a violation of the college’s code of conduct.
The 22-page document includes a question-and-answer section that notes students who attended an unsanctioned party a few days before the semester began have been tested for COVID-19 and will be tested again. The section said masks and other sanitation supplies will be placed in each classroom. Additionally, portable air purifiers have been placed in spaces on campus where social distancing is not possible and bedrooms without air conditioning.
“The health and safety of the Spelman community is a top priority as we restore the residential college experience this year,” the college said in a statement. “With the guidance of the medical community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we have implemented mandatory vaccinations, along with masking and periodic testing, in order to obtain the lowest possible risk to the campus community.”