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Residence Halls Closing Saturday, March 21, 2020

Due to the risks associated with the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the residence halls will close Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 9 p.m. with the transition from in-person classes to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.

For the latest information, please visit our Coronavirus Update page.

Important Information for Move-Out

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Exclamation PointCurrently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Spelman College. However, while you are transitioning off campus, it will be important to practice “physical distancing,” as much as possible. Recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a way to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, “social distancing” involves remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distances of at least 6 feet between you and the next person.

  • All students living in Spelman residential facilities should collect their belongings and move out of their spaces between now and Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 9 p.m. Residential facilities will close at this time and will remain closed for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

  • Express Checkout forms and key envelopes will be posted on all student rooms. Please complete the form, place your keys in the provided envelope, and return items to your Resident Director’s office in your building.

  • Residents should remove all personal items and dispose of trash in the designated locations outside of their building as they depart.

  • Resident Life professionals will be on duty to assist you. Please call the phone number posted in your residence hall if you need move out assistance.

  • We recognize that some students cannot go home (such as those from countries with travel restrictions or where studying remotely would not be feasible). Students who may have extenuating circumstances that require them to remain in the residence halls must complete the Residence Life Emergency Hardship Form. The form must be completed by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

  • The College will continue to provide housing for students who genuinely cannot return home, along with modified dining services, although they will be expected to engage in healthful social distancing conduct. Residence Life will reach out to any student approved to stay on campus with further details.

  • Non-Spelman visitors will not be permitted in the residence halls, effective immediately, with the exception of family members assisting with move-out.


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Below is a guide to resources available to students during this time of transition to remote learning. Please note that Spelman College does not have a partnership with nor does it endorse any of the companies.

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The Spelman Campus Store and its online channel are here to support students with several FREE eBook, courseware and shipping programs as we pivot to a remote learning environment.

  • FREE Online Shipping Offer: Visit the campus store for FREE shipping on all items with no minimum purchase.This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more. Since many online orders are fulfilled directly from our campus store, Follett will execute online orders as long as the store is accessible by staff.
  • ACCESS to eBooks at No Additional Charge: Visit the campus store to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. Each student can access up to seven (7) eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
  • FREE Access to Lumen Learning OER Courseware: Lumen Learning, our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty. Access the Lumen offer.
  • Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions:The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail.Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store for the details.

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U-Haul has announced free storage for 30 days for college students displaced by Coronavirus. They are also offering discounted rates on truck and trailer rentals. Spelman College does not offer storage and does not endorse any of these companies.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car® is offering College Student Travel Assistance in response to the closing of colleges and universities due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. They are reducing the minimum age and waiving young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020, to help students get home safely and ease the burden on families during this time.

• Available to college students 18–24 years of age
• Official student ID must be presented at the time of rental
• Valid on Economy through Fullsize cars, Minivans, Small Pickup Trucks and Cargo Vans
• Valid at U.S. locations only for rentals reserved in advance
• Standard driver and credit requirements apply (excluding minimum age)
• Expires May 31, 2020

Enterprise Rent-A-Car® College Student Travel Assistance