Cornell Mandates Students, Staff Get Vaccinated To Return To Campus

Cornell Mandates Students, Staff Get Vaccinated To Return To Campus


Leadership at Cornell University announced that students and staff must be vaccinated in order to return to campus in the fall.

In a press release, university President Martha Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced that Cornell would become the next school to make a return-to-campus contingent upon vaccination.

“With the recent announcements of expanded vaccine eligibility in New York and other states, and increasing vaccine production, it is likely that all members of our community will be able to obtain vaccination sometime this spring or summer,” the email reads. “Accordingly, Cornell intends to require vaccination for students returning to Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses for the fall semester.”

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According to the New York Post, vaccine exceptions will be made for individuals with religious and medical exemptions.

Cornell believes that the vaccination efforts will allow the school to return to in-person classroom instruction, though it made no mention of whether in-person learning will require students and staff to wear face masks.

On March 25,

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