Some responded on social media Wednesday that first-year students are getting greater accommodations than other students. Spelman officials wrote in its plan that they have adopted a plan that is more conservative than others. The University System of Georgia, which consists of 26 public colleges and universities, is not mandating masks or face coverings in classrooms.
Here are a few additional details about each plan.
- Freshman and sophomore students will take courses in reconfigured classrooms on campus while juniors, seniors — even those living on campus as ambassadors and mentors — and graduate students will take their classes remotely.
- No classes will be held on Wednesdays to allow workers to clean and sanitize the campus.
- Some residential halls will be reduced in accordance with federal health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Some classes will be held on campus while others will be done remotely. The curriculum for all classes has been loaded on a virtual platform.
- There will not be a fall break.
- Each student in a traditional residential house and Otis Moss Suites East will have their own room.
- The only classes that are eligible for in-person instruction are those for first-year students. All other courses will be online for the fall semester.
- Students who take all of their classes remotely will get a 10% tuition discount and a 40% discount on mandatory fees.
- There will be no fall or spring break. The spring semester will start on Feb. 1.
- Residence halls will be available to a maximum of 640 students. Spelman's enrollment last year was about 2,200 students.