The University of Virginia has become a trailblazer this week after it was reported they disenrolled 238 students for its fall semester for not complying with the university’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate.
UVA requires “all students who live, learn, or work in person at the university” to be fully vaccinated for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, according to current university Covid-19 policies.
“Disenrolled means you’re not eligible to take courses,” Brian Coy said to CNN. He added that students who were enrolled at the university on Wednesday still have a week to update their status at which point they can re-enroll.
Coy added that 96.6% of UVA’s student body is vaccinated. 1.3% were allowed to claim religious or medical exemptions, Coy said.
“If you’re unvaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask at all times — indoors or outdoors — whenever you’re around people,” said Coy. “Anyone unvaccinated and has an exemption will have to test once a week, we’re starting once a week: That might go up.”
Unvaccinated students without exemptions were reminded multiple times to get vaccinated between May 20 and July 1 to avoid being disenrolled.
“Students out of compliance received multiple emails, calls, text messages and — in some cases — calls to their parents. Our numbers show that our students responded to this. This means we can have the kind of in-person semester where people can engage in normal ways.”