Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis announced on Monday that students or employees who opt to not receive the coronavirus vaccine will not be allowed on campus.
The school’s announcement detailed that students and employees must submit documentation of vaccination by August 2. However, some exemptions will be allowed for medical reasons or “sincerely-held” religious beliefs.
The statement released by the university noted, “COVID vaccinations are now required for all persons who live, learn, and work on the Christian Brothers University campus. This requirement applies to all of the following, unless an exemption or reasonable accommodation is approved: Students living on campus, Students attending classes on campus, Student athletes, Faculty teaching classes on campus, Staff working on campus.”
CBU also outlined several measures meant to enforce their decision.
“Students not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed to live on campus, attend classes on campus, or participate in intercollegiate athletics. Employees not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed to return to campus and will be placed on unpaid leave until their employee status is determined by the Human Resources Department,” the school said.
Christian Brothers University joins two other Tennessee institutions — Maryville College and Vanderbilt University — in mandating the vaccine.
Many colleges and universities across the country have moved to make the vaccine mandatory. Opponents argue that many students will receive the coronavirus vaccine without a mandate in place. Further, studies demonstrate that the risk of transmitting COVID-19 during in-person learning is low.
This has led elected officials to take action to stop the various forms of mandates.
In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order that will prevent the state’s public colleges and universities from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for its students
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Photo “Christian Brothers University Vaccination Center” by Christian Brothers University.