Many universities have been requiring that students prove vaccinations in order to remain enrolled for the fall semester. The University of Virginia recently joined other Virginia universities, Norfolk State University, Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University, and William & Mary, in instilling these vaccine mandates.
To make matters worse, the University of Virginia then reversed the enrollment status of more than 200 students who did not comply with the school’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. They will no longer be able to attend fall courses and receive an education because they don’t want to get an experimental jab. My body, my choice?
University spokesperson Brian Coy made the announcement that many have not been planning to return to the University this fall. He said students were disenrolled after being “out of compliance” with the vaccine requirement or exemption. He said the students were given multiple reminders via email, text, phone calls, and even phone calls to parents.
While 96.6% of the students at the school have been vaccinated against COVID-19, 335 were granted permanent vaccine waivers. Another 184 students were granted “temporary vaccine waivers.” Fear is a powerful weapon when used against society and it’s not about the virus.
Coy shared that only 49 of the disenrolled students had already been enrolled in fall courses, which he called a “good number.” He said they can reenroll by Aug. 25 if they comply with U.Va’s vaccine requirement or file an exemption, otherwise, they can return for the spring semester. Some would say that the students would have to be vaccinated or exempt by the spring semester too. It’s all the same game.
Students who are granted the exemptions must take a weekly COVID-19 test and wear a mask indoors and outdoors. Stanford University also announced that they would require students to take weekly COVID-19 tests, even if they were fully vaccinated. Just three weeks ago, Stanford officials had announced that fully vaccinated students didn’t need to participate in COVID-19 testing and health check. Officials cited the “Delta variant” as the cause for drawing back on those claims.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned people earlier this year that pushed vaccine mandates would create two classes of society – and it surely has. Getting vaccinated is not only required in some states for going out or seeing a show but getting a college degree.
Last week, Quinnipiac University announced that unvaccinated students who did provide proof of vaccination would be fined and have their WiFi restricted. They sent an email to 600 students, who have yet to fulfill vaccination mandates or upload a copy of their COVID-19 record.
“Our goal is to protect the health of our entire community. In order to accomplish this, we must know if you have been vaccinated,” the email reads.
The University even imposed strict fines on students who fail to provide the documentation. Charges start at $100 per week for the first two weeks of the semester and increase by $25 every two weeks. Charges can rack up to as much as $2,275 per person per semester for failing to have a vaccination record on file. Failure to comply with testing guidelines also results in a $100 fine.
Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, will also impose heavy fines on the unvaccinated for the semester. Some students have even been fined over covering the cost of weekly COVID-19 testing.
Other universities, such as the University of Michigan, have also kept mask mandates in place along with their vaccine mandates. Fining and expelling students for failing to meet vaccination requirements has become increasingly common throughout college campuses. The worst part about these policies is that it fails to make exceptions (or even acknowledge) those who have already had COVID-19.
Again, fear is a powerful weapon when used against society. Most vaccines take 7 to 10 years for approval and colleges are forcing a vaccine that has less than 1 and a half years of approval on students. They’ll push for total compliance in the classroom when it’s nothing more than a political play.