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University of Virginia Disenrolls 238 Unvaccinated Students

The Rotunda at the University of Virginia, 2006. (Aaron Josephson / Wikimedia Commons)

The University of Virginia launched on Friday that it had disenrolled 238 college students who did now not agree to the faculty’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 

UVA requires “all college students who live, learn, or work in individual at the university” to be fully vaccinated for the upcoming faculty one year.

The college students now dangle till August 25 to get dangle of a COVID vaccine and re-signal up for plunge classes, Brian Coy, a college spokesman, told the Washington PostStudents also dangle the choice to return to campus within the spring, given they meet the vaccination requirement at that time.

Extra than 96 percent of UVA college students are vaccinated, in compliance with the faculty’s vaccine mandate which it launched in Might well well also. 

Correct 335 college students had been granted everlasting waivers for spiritual and medical exemptions, whereas one more 184 momentary waivers had been granted to school students who had pronounce getting vaccinated however conception to get dangle of the shots after they return to campus. 

No longer as a lot as 1 percent of school students enrolled dangle no longer met the vaccine requirement, though Coy notes that of those 238 college students, fully 49 “had in actuality chosen programs, meaning that a exact series of the leisure 189 may per chance additionally no longer were planning to return to the university this plunge in any admire, irrespective of our vaccination coverage.”

After the coverage became launched in Might well well also, the university despatched college students reminders about the coverage, which requested college students to present proof of vaccination by July 1. The university called, texted and emailed college students who did no longer comply.

Earlier this month, the university’s president acknowledged at a town hall that the “extraordinarily excessive vaccination price in our team” has placed the university in a “critically larger and a ways completely different deliver than we had been last one year.”

“This fashion we will have the opportunity to return in individual to classes, actions, sporting events and research labs as now we were planning to enact within the plunge semester, with the residential experiences which shall be at the coronary heart of this university,” university president Jim Ryan acknowledged. 

For the upcoming semester, UVA says there shall be some 18,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduate college students. Two-thirds of the student body is from Virginia, per the faculty’s websites.

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