Tennessee College hits unvaccinated students with $ 1,500 charge
A liberal arts college in Memphis, Tennessee, is expected to charge students who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 an additional tuition fee of $ 1,500 per semester.
Rhodes College, which requires the vaccine for faculty, staff and students, set the policy in a June 8 letter. The money is supposed to “cover the costs of the compulsory tests”.
“In anticipation of FDA approval, we strongly recommend that all students get vaccinated this summer so as not to prevent or delay your return to campus in August. Immediately after FDA approval, students will need to be vaccinated to enter campus, ”the letter said. “Upon returning to campus, unvaccinated students will be charged a health and safety fee of $ 1,500 per semester to cover the costs of mandatory testing, as noted below. “
As at other colleges, Rhodes students who do not wish to be vaccinated are allowed to apply for a religious or medical exemption. If accepted, these students must be tested weekly and bear most of the cost.
Students across the country have protested against mandatory vaccines, including at Rutgers University, which has made the vaccine mandatory for its 71,000 students. A student, Sara Razi, mentionned, “I’m not anti-vax, I’m anti-mandate. My education should not be restricted based on my personal decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinations are a personal and private choice and students should have the right to choose whether or not they want to take an investigational vaccine. “
A law student at Vanderbilt University recently told The Federalist that students were afraid to speak out against the administration’s vaccination mandate.
“I am constructively indebted to the school, just like anyone else who has spent more than a year in school,” said Carolyn Kraft. “At this point my option is to take a backseat or be kicked out or give up and lose all my money.”
Rhodes College did not respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.