VCU to withdraw unvaccinated students who don’t comply with COVID testing requirements

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Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 10:57 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2021 at 1:13 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia Commonwealth University has joined other universities across the country and state in issuing a tough warning for students and employees who don’t comply with the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements. Anyone who isn’t vaccinated and not complying with regular, mandated testing and daily health checks, can be either disenrolled from classes or terminated.

That said, VCU reports 97.4 percent of students and 89 percent of adults are in compliance with current vaccine or exemption rules.

VCU required students and employees to submit vaccination records or request a medical or religious exemption, heading into the fall semester.

“Students and employees with an approved medical or religious exemption are required to report for surveillance testing and complete daily health checks,” VCU said.

Students who don’t test could be withdrawn from classes. They’ll first receive a warning if they miss one test. If a second is missed, they’ll be disenrolled.

“I feel more comfortable in a space surrounded by fully vaccinated people,” said VCU freshman Willan Cona. “And if you’re not going to be vaccinated in that space, then having that regular testing is really important for the people around you.”

Employees will get a warning for the first missed test, as well. If a second test is missed, staffers will be placed on unpaid leave for up to 30 days or until they comply. If employees miss three tests or are out of compliance for more than 30 days, they could be fired.

“As a reminder, faculty and staff who are dually employed through both the university and the health system, or university employees working in health system facilities must comply with health system vaccination requirements in accordance with VCUHS guidelines,” VCU said.

VCU joins other universities disenrolling kids for not following vaccine mandates. UVA disenrolled 238 students before the fall semester. Virginia Tech withdrew 134 students.

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