In Pennsylvania, University Mandates Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine for Students but Not Staff

by Grant Hernandez


Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania released its Fall 2022 COVID-19 vaccination protocol, stating that returning students must be fully vaccinated prior to arriving on campus.

“Students are required to be fully vaccinated prior to arriving to campus, unless approved with an exemption,” the Susquehanna University Plan for Fall 2022 reads.

In contrast to the student vaccination requirement, employees are only “strongly encouraged” to be vaccinated prior to returning to campus, suggesting that unvaccinated employees should “talk to [their] doctor about the benefits.”

Students employed by the university are subject to stricter protocols.

Susquehanna University policy states that students may request a COVID-19 vaccination exemption for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons, though whether such an exemption will be granted will be considered “on an individual basis through the Student Health Center.”

The university also reserves “the right to require exemption approvals be renewed for each academic year,” leaving students wondering if their exemption would be approved each subsequent year.

Susquehanna gives individual instructors the ability to choose to require masks in their classrooms, regardless of any student’s vaccination or booster status.

“Instructors have discretion to require masks in classrooms regardless of class participants’ vaccination/booster status,” the university website reads.

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Grant Hernandez is a CampusReform correspondent. Grant is a junior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham majoring in communications with career goal in public relations. He is president of TPUSA at UAB as well as a campus coordinator, and a state director of BLEXIT for the state of Alabama.
Photo “Susquehanna University” by Susquehanna University.




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