Dozens of students set to attend the University of Virginia for the 2021/2022 school year were disenrolled by administrators over their unvaccinated status, officials revealed last week.
Students and parents had been issued emails, texts, and phone calls to remind them to confirm their vaccination status with the university by the set date.
While 96% of students have proven they are fully vaccinated and 335 who have religious or medical exemptions have been permanently waived from needing to meet the requirement, over 200 were disenrolled for their failure to do, The Virginia Pilot reported on Friday.
Of this figure, just 49 had enrolled in classes, and the university told the newspaper that the remaining students may not have planned to attend in the fall.
“But only 49 of those students had actually selected courses, meaning that a good number of the remaining 189 may not have been planning to return to the university this fall at all, regardless of our vaccination policy,” said the school’s spokesman, Brian Coy.
The school’s vaccine mandate was announced in May and students were required to prove compliance by July 1. Medical and religious exemptions were available, as well as temporary exemptions for those who planned on getting vaccinated but were not able to do so right away.
“All students who live, learn, or work in person at the University of Virginia during the 2021-2022 academic year must be fully vaccinated. Students may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement,” the school policy read, as reported by The Daily Caller.
“Students with approved medical or religious exemptions will be subject to pre-arrival and weekly prevalence testing requirements and other public health measures. Students who are not vaccinated and do not qualify for an exemption are not permitted to come to Grounds as of July 1, 2021,” it stated.
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