Not all students are created equal at the school Thomas Jefferson founded.
The University of Virginia removed 238 students from its fall semester enrollment this week for failing to comply with the school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
“A good number” of the students “may not have been planning to return to the University this fall at all,” school spokesperson Brian Coy told The Virginian-Pilot, with only 49 of the 238 enrolled in fall courses.
The effort to weed out the unvaccinated comes amid a continuing abundance of caution by the university. All students, including those vaccinated, must continue to wear masks indoors in school buildings, the university announced earlier this month. Nearly 97 percent of UVA students are vaccinated.
The disenrolled unvaxxed students received “multiple reminders via email, text, phone calls, calls to parents that they were out of compliance and had until (this past Wednesday) to update their status,” Coy said.
Students can re-enroll if they comply with UVA’s vaccine requirement or file an exemption by Aug. 25, the report states, or return during the spring semester, provided they are vaccinated or exempt by then.
The school issued a lengthy set of COVID-19 procedures Friday. Among them: fans attending UVA football games this year should put on a mask when entering stadium bathrooms or hospitality suites.
The rules were issued as COVID deaths among student-aged people remain extraordinarily rare in Virginia and elsewhere around the country.
Commonwealth of Virginia data shows that 41 people under the age of 30 have died of COVID since the outbreak began a year and a half ago.