Indiana University says it will require all students, faculty and staff to have received the COVID-19 vaccine beginning with the fall 2021 semester. The university says the requirement will allow it to lift most mask and physical distancing restrictions.
To meet the requirement, IU says all students, faculty and staff should have their first dose of a vaccine by July 1 and will need to be fully vaccinated by August 15, or when they first return to campus.
The university says everyone will need to comply with the requirement “in order to interact with the IU community in any way,” including being on campus, taking or teaching courses, being employed or participating in activities.
“Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, one of our main goals has been to make it safer to be a part of the IU community than not,” IU President Michael McRobbie said in a news release. “We continue to plan for an in-person fall 2021 semester and expect that we’ll return to mostly normal operations. Requiring the COVID-19 vaccine among our students, faculty and staff continues to extend the university’s comprehensive and thoughtful approach to managing and mitigating the pandemic on our campuses and brings us one step closer to making a ‘return to normal’ a reality.”
IU says those who have already submitted their vaccine status will not need to do so again. Those who do not comply and do not receive an exemption, according to the university, will see their class registration canceled and will not be allowed to participate in any on-campus activity, among other consequences.
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