I know the end of the academic year brings with it a certain level of energy, excitement, and exhaustion. I’m sure that’s especially true this year, given all that you’ve had to deal with in navigating the pandemic. And while I know you’re focused on a successful end to the semester, I do want to take a moment to look toward the 2021–22 academic year and share with you an update on our COVID-19 vaccine policy.
After consulting with medical and public health experts, we have decided that we will require all students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021–22 academic year. As you know, we already require students to receive several vaccines for illnesses such as mumps, measles, and meningitis. Adding the COVID-19 vaccine to that list allows us to return to an in-person, residential educational experience while prioritizing your health and safety. Given that vaccines have become widely available across the country and in many parts of the world, we expect that most students will be able to secure a vaccine prior to returning to campus. We will, however, provide vaccines in the fall for any student who is unable to receive one elsewhere.
We will have an exemption process in place before the fall semester for those of you who are unable to get the vaccine for medical or religious reasons.
Throughout the summer, we will share more on this topic, including how to verify that you’ve received the vaccine, along with information on our other COVID-19 mitigation plans.
In the meantime, best of luck for a successful conclusion to the academic year.
Vice President for Student Affairs