Dozens of students who were enrolled at the University of Virginia had their status reversed because they remained unvaccinated before the start of the semester, officials said Friday.
University officials disenrolled 49 students for their failure to meet the school’s vaccine mandate, which was announced in May and has been met with overwhelming majority compliance. So far, more than 96% of students have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and 335 students with religious and medical exemptions have been granted permanent waivers, university officials told the Washington Post.
Just 238 students, or less than 1%, are not in compliance, “but only 49 of those students had actually selected courses, meaning that a good number of the remaining 189 may not have been planning to return to the university this fall at all, regardless of our vaccination policy,” said Brian Coy, a school spokesman.
Students were asked to provide proof of vaccination by July 1, though the university has now allowed students the chance to become compliant and reenroll for fall semester classes by Aug. 25, Coy added.
UVA President Jim Ryan said in May that the driving benefit for the mandate would be to allow students to once again resume life without the need to mandate mask-wearing. However, the school recently reversed its policy and began mandating masks indoors on Aug. 9, with tentative plans to lift the measure by Sept. 6.
Other schools have adopted a punitive approach. On Thursday, it was reported that unvaccinated students at Quinnipiac University would face $100 weekly fines and lose access to the school’s Wi-Fi if they don’t submit proof of vaccination prior to Sept. 14.