Staying Healthy Together at Spalding and our Return to Campus Plan – President McClure | Aug. 12, 2020

Tori Murden McClure, Spalding University President

Dear Spalding Community,

We are now less than two weeks away from the start of the fall semester, and we can’t wait to welcome our students back to campus.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff has been and will remain our top priority. For months, we have been planning and implementing protocols for the safe return to campus and the resumption of face-to-face instruction. I am pleased to share those plans with you today.

A new Healthy Together at Spalding section of our website has been created that includes our comprehensive Return to Campus Plan. Please read and refer often to the following pages:

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 to reopen campus safely. Those include:

  • Mask-wearing.
  • Social distancing and the safe configuration of spaces.
  • Cleaning and hand-washing.
  • Daily health self-assessments through the #CampusClear app.
  • Following government public health guidelines.
  • Signing the Spalding Promise pledge to act responsibly and cooperatively in order protect yourself and our entire campus community.

I would like to thank members of the Coordinating Committee for the Return to Campus, chaired by Chief of Staff/Dean of Operations Chris Hart, for the immense amount of time and thought they have put into our preparations for the fall and for helping produce this plan. I also thank all other members of our faculty and staff for their input and the planning they have done for respective departments.

We have also have sent message with more information about downloading and using the #CampusClear app – which will be needed for daily health assessments and potential contact tracing – and about signing the Spalding Promise pledge on the Portal.

Student Town Hall Thursday
I welcome our students to join us online at this link for a Back-to-School Student Town Hall at noon this Thursday, Aug. 13 to discuss our plans for the fall and to take your questions. Information about what to expect at the town hall and all the instructions on joining the call are available here. That same message was also sent via email and an Outlook calendar invite last Friday, Aug. 7.

This will be our campus’ 100th year in downtown Louisville, and it will be different from every year before it. That doesn’t mean it won’t be great. We will work together to succeed, to stay safe and to keep carrying out the Spalding mission of learning and compassion.

All the best,

Tori Murden McClure
Spalding University President