By: Kelton Brooks
A group of Spelman College professors have decided not to teach in-person classes this semester until they receive a safe and effective COVID-19 protocol.
The Spelman Faculty Council announced the decision in an email to students Thursday morning.
“The faculty at Spelman College was excited about returning to in-person instruction,” the message stated. “However, much to our disappointment, faculty have not received clear and enforceable protocol and safety guidelines that will ensure our health and wellbeing when teaching face-to-face. While awaiting acceptable responses to these concerns, we have decided not to teach in-person. Most faculty will use alternative instructional methods for course delivery.”
Yikes. Spelman professors have officially went on strike. pic.twitter.com/RL4MLqpqgK
— ig: iamkaylingabrielle ? (@KaylinGabrielle) August 19, 2021
The exact number of faculty members who have decided not to teach in person is not known. However, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution states thousands of faculty members across Georgia have written letters and petitions for more robust safety regulations regarding COVID-19.
The college responded to faculty by posting a 22-page document that included required masks/face coverings for employees and students in all classrooms, and in most indoor and outdoor spaces on campus. It also stated penalties if students do not comply with the guidelines.
“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.”