December 30, 2021

Dear Morehouse College Community:

As we continue to enjoy our holiday break and look forward to a prosperous and safe new year, please note that Morehouse College will be open for remote instruction only from now through Friday, January 28, 2022 due to the increased transmission of the COVID-19 Omicron variant across the nation and in the Atlanta area. In addition, we will delay the start of residential house move-in and in-person operations, add new testing requirements prior to arrival on campus for the spring semester, and include a booster shot mandate. In-person classes will resume on campus on Monday, January 31.
We have worked closely with our fellow Atlanta University Center Consortium institutions to coordinate health and safety protocols intended to help mitigate the spread of COVID within the Atlanta University Center. Each institution will implement similar protocols, though student and employee return-to-campus schedules will be determined by each institution.
Please carefully review the following revised schedules and enhanced protocols implemented by Morehouse. This information updates all previous guidance regarding our return to campus for the spring 2022 semester:
  • Classes will initially resume virtually. Classes will resume as scheduled on Wednesday, January 12; however, all classes will be held virtually through Friday, January 28.
  • In-person operations are delayed. In-person operations will be delayed for most non-essential employees. Selected non-essential staff will begin to return on Monday, January 24, while most non-essential staff will return on a staggered schedule beginning on Tuesday, February 1. Employees who can work from home are asked to do so until their scheduled return-to-campus date and should check with their supervisors to ensure appropriate compliance.
  • Pre-arrival testing is required. Students and employees must order, take, and return an at-home COVID saliva PCR test provided by Morehouse College prior to arriving on campus for the spring semester, including students moving into residential houses and/or attending classes and employees occupying offices or workspaces. Shortly, you will receive a link and instructions regarding how to order your at-home test kit.
  • Residential students return on a new staggered schedule. Students living in residential houses will return on an updated staggered schedule beginning January 26. Students should not make travel plans until the new move-in schedule is published.
  • On-campus testing still required. As previously communicated, all students and employees must still take a rapid COVID test upon arriving on campus for the first time during the spring semester; however, a negative result from the at-home test is required before the on-campus test will be administered.
  • Booster shots now required. Booster shots are required from all eligible students and employees before Sunday, February 6 unless an exemption has been approved. Eligible students and employees are those 18 years or older who received their last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shot more than 6 months prior or who received the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen shot more than 2 months prior.
  • There will be no on-campus events with visitors in January. Events scheduled for January involving visitors must be canceled, moved off-campus, or held virtually.
Important Dates - Spring 2022
Monday, January 3 College operations resume virtually. Employees should work from home where possible.
Tuesday, January 4  Payment deadline for students who received assistance for prior past-due balances.
Sunday, January 9 Final payment deadline.
Wednesday, January 12 Classes resume virtually only.
Monday, January 24- Tuesday, February 1 Employees who work with students in person begin returning to campus on a staggered schedule. Both a negative at-home COVID saliva test (provided by Morehouse) and a negative on-campus test are required to move across campus.
Tuesday, January 25 Residential assistants and athletes playing spring sports begin returning to campus.
Wednesday, January 26- Friday,
January 28
Students begin returning to campus on a staggered schedule. Both a negative at-home COVID saliva test (provided by Morehouse) and a negative on-campus test are required to move across campus.
Monday, January 31 In-person classes resume.
Tuesday, February 1 Employees who are not primarily student-facing begin returning to campus on a staggered schedule. Both a negative at-home  COVID saliva test (provided by Morehouse) and a negative on-campus test are required to move across campus.
Sunday, February 6  Eligible faculty, staff, and students must have received a booster shot unless an exemption has been approved.
Shortly, you will receive additional information from administrative leaders which will include specific details regarding how to comply with our enhanced protocols. Please continue to be cautious, vigilant, and aware as we work together to protect each other. Our protocols are dynamic and subject to change based on public health conditions, so please watch for updates and developments regarding our return to campus.
Thank you for doing your part to keep the Morehouse community safe, and I look forward to seeing you on campus in the new year.

David A. Thomas, Ph.D.

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