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.
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