Brown University has joined a small but growing number of American colleges and universities that require students to be vaccinated againstbefore participating personally in the teaching and participating in other activities on campus.
Brown President Christina Paxson announced in a letter Tuesday that all students at Ivy League School will be welcomed back to campus in the fall and encouraged to live in the University’s Providence, Rhode Island, residences, provided they are vaccinated.
The university has not yet implemented a system to verify student vaccination status, but additional information will be provided over the summer, Paxson said. It also still decides whether COVID-1
Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, also requires students returning to personal learning for the fall semester to be fully vaccinated the first day of class. The university’s goal is to get the maximum number of members of the community vaccinated to achieve herd immunity on campus, Chancellor Ken Henderson, northeast, said this week.
Northeastern said it will announce “in the coming days” what the school will require as. Massachusetts legislation already requires college students to submit evidence of immunization against measles, meningitis, and other infectious viruses.
Cornell University, Fort Lewis College, Nova Southeastern University, Roger Williams University, Rutgers University and St. Edwards University also requires COVID-19 shots for students who want to return to campus in the fall.
Legal experts say these institutions are within their legal rights to require that returning students be fully immunized against coronavirus, even though schools are required by law to grant exemptions forand offers other affordable housing.
It is not yet clear whether people vaccinated should wear masks in Brown and Northeastern. But if all goes according to plan, this year’s fall semester will “look and feel much more like fall 2019 than fall 2020,” Paxson said in his letter.