University of Charleston plans full return to campus, requiring COVID-19 vaccines
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – University of Charleston officials say they anticipate a return to full on-campus learning and social activities for the fall semester of 2021.
According to the plan to return to the university’s campus, they will also be one of more than 500 campuses across the country that will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to the Charleston or Beckley campuses. Officials say that if students cannot get vaccinated before they return, free clinics are scheduled for the start of the semester.
The plan says students will be able to apply for a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine. Officials say students approved for an exemption will be required to sign a liability waiver and will have certain restrictions on campus.
“We have two main goals on the UC campus: to ensure the health and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff, and to enable students to achieve their personal and professional goals,” said the president of UC, Marty Roth. âHaving a vaccinated community allows us to achieve both of these goals while providing students with the most open and least restricted campus environment possible. The Fall 2021 Campus Return Plan exemplifies UC’s student-centered values ââand enables us to best achieve our mission.
The back-to-campus plan also includes lifting mandatory masks for vaccinated students and reducing social distancing rules. University officials say students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated will not have to wear face covers on campus or participate in COVID-19 surveillance tests.
âWhile we have been successful in finding innovative methods of teaching courses with health and safety procedures in place, it will be wonderful to return to a more normal, but improved learning experience,â said Nicky Bell, director of the health promotion program and assistant professor at UC. âI know that as a teacher it’s always so powerful to be able to interact with students both verbally and non-verbally, and we will be able to do both more consistently in the future. Personally, I look forward to it and look forward to having the opportunity to see the smiles of my students.
They also won’t need to self-quarantine if they come in contact with someone infected with the virus, unless they start showing signs of symptoms, according to the university.
âFor many of us, some of our best college experiences have taken place outside of the classroom, so we’re excited to transition to a more normal campus experience this fall,â said Virginia Moore, vice president. and Dean of Students at UC. âWith health and safety as a top priority, we look forward to offering many in-person activities that our students traditionally enjoy and missed over the past year, such as Homecoming and Family Weekend, while also offering virtual experiences to maximize l relationship building. Opportunities. “
More information on the return-to-campus plan is available on the University of Charleston website.
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