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Spring Semester at Agnes Scott

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we near the end of the fall semester with the Thanksgiving holidays rapidly approaching, I am reminded how grateful I am for all of you and the way you have come together with us to engage the challenges of 2020. Thank you for your perseverance and commitment to the success of our community, and our college.

Over the past months, the Agnes Scott COVID-19 Task Force and other committees with faculty, staff and student representation have continued to meet, monitor developments related to this pandemic and make recommendations for the college’s response. I want to thank all of you who have contributed to this work. I also want to thank the members of the faculty and staff who participated in last week’s Town Hall. You provided valuable insights for the college’s next steps in this ongoing health crisis.

The leadership team and I continue to focus on the health and safety of our community members as our highest priority. We also appreciate the value of our residential experience and recognize the importance of providing our students with a supportive learning environment and access to campus resources. Therefore, after careful consideration and with the support of the Board of Trustees, I am announcing plans for reopening the campus for the spring semester. We will move forward with a low-density residential model, reducing our housing capacity by half, and offering courses both in dual mode and fully online. Students who do not reside on campus will be welcome to come to campus for dual-mode classes and to use designated areas. Classes will begin on January 19, one week later than originally planned. Read more important information for the spring semester here.

I am looking forward to having our campus active once again, and I know you are too. However, for us to successfully reopen, we all must follow the COVID-19 protocols. I am confident that we can do this. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

While I very much hope that we will be implementing these plans to reopen the campus in January, it is impossible to predict with certainty how this pandemic will unfold over the coming months. I promise to keep you apprised of updates regarding the reopening via the website, The Irvine and informational town halls. Also, you may continue to address questions and comments to

Wishing you health and all the best as we continue with the fall semester.


Leocadia I. Zak, JD