Fall Semester Update from President McClure | Aug. 18, 2021
Dear Spalding Community,
The start of the Fall 2021 semester means that for the first time in 18 months, the majority of classes at Spalding University are once again being held in person.
Our faculty and staff who were working remotely throughout the pandemic are back in the office as well, and in-person services and office hours are available for academic and student services departments across campus.
It is a momentous time as the depth of conversations and the joy of events and activities that can only be achieved in face-to-face settings – and that are key to the university experience – are restored on a broad scale.
As we fully reunite this fall, we ask everyone to commit to doing their part to maintain a safe and healthy campus. The cooperation and responsible behavior of all students, faculty and staff is critical to get through the surge caused by the COVID-19 Delta variant.
Please review all Healthy Together at Spalding webpages, including the information on procedures for if you have been exposed to COVID-19. Students, please make sure to review this message from Dean of Students Janelle Rae from Monday, Aug. 16.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
When you arrive on campus, please remember that a face covering is required for all individuals in all indoor settings, except for your own residence hall room or private office or whenever you are eating. I do not intend to mandate masks any longer than is necessary this year, but it is absolutely necessary right now with Delta cases on the rise.
In addition, I urge you, if you have not already, get vaccinated for COVID-19! The vaccines are safe, free and easily accessible, and the data couldn’t be clearer that they work.
From March 1 to Aug. 16, 2021, 86.8 percent of COVID-19 cases and 90.5 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Kentucky were among partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals, according to the Governor’s Office.
We are planning an on-campus vaccine clinic on Sept. 2. Learn more here.
We also plan to implement mandatory on-campus testing for COVID-19 for unvaccinated employees and those students in high contact and congregate settings such as athletes and residents who have not been vaccinated.
Read President McClure’s full update on 2021-22 policies here. All are subject to change.
- HEALTHY TOGETHER AT SPALDING HOME PAGE: A centralized page to access information and resources.
- HEALTH AND WELLNESS: A rundown of key health and safety measures, plus FAQs.
- CAMPUS UPDATES: The page you are currently visiting, which includes a collection of updates and announcements such as this one.
These pages, which will be updated as needed, provide information and resources while aiming to drive home the importance of the key, mandatory steps we all must take.
COVID-19 campus updates
Chief of Staff and Dean of Operations Chris Hart sent the following message to the campus community on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021: Dear Spalding Community, We are happy to announce that Wild Health will host a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on campus this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the College Street Center Ballroom, […]
Spalding President Tori Murden McClure sent the following message to Spalding students, faculty and staff on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Dear Spalding Community, We can’t wait to kick off the fall semester on Monday. It has been exciting to have our new first-year students on campus this week for Engage, and by this weekend, all […]
Spalding Dean of Students Janelle Rae sent the following message to Spalding students on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Dear Spalding Students, We are so looking forward to welcoming you back to campus, engaging in rigorous learning, and rebuilding our interpersonal connections. As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread at alarming rates, it is important that […]
Spalding President Tori Murden McClure said the following message to students on Friday, July 30, 2021: Dear Spalding Students, I hope you are having a great summer. We miss seeing you on campus and can’t wait to have you back in just a few weeks. As we prepare campus for everyone’s safe return, it is […]
Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure sent the following message to the campus community on June 25, 2021: Dear Spalding Community, Thank you for your cooperation in helping us achieve a safe and successful 2020-21 academic year amid the challenges of COVID-19. The teamwork of the campus in implementing and complying with our health and […]
Spalding President Tori Murden McClure sent the following message to the campus community on Tuesday, May 20, 2021: Dear Spalding Community, You have likely seen that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its COVID-19 guidance last week, declaring that it is now safe for fully vaccinated individuals to stop wearing masks indoors […]
Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure sent the following message to the campus community on Monday, March, 29, 2021: Dear Spalding Community, What a year it has been. I am extremely grateful for your dedication, cooperation, and fortitude as we endured the past twelve months. Last week, we announced that we will have a series […]
Dear Spalding Community, As we head toward the end of the academic session, I would like to continue to thank all of our students, faculty and staff for your resilience and dedication so far this year. I can’t commend our students enough for your cooperation, graciousness and flexibility in helping to keep our campus safe […]
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