Ithaca College Joins Handful of Colleges Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine

Ithaca College announced in a campus letter Wednesday that students must receive the COVID-19 vaccination before returning to in-personal learning next fall.

The mandate is effective August 23, the first day of its fall semester, and students with medical or religious exemptions will be accommodated.

Brown University, Cornell University and a handful of other schools have also issued vaccine mandates for their their students. Instead of requiring the vaccine, schools like Dickinson State University are opting to incentivize vaccines through methods such as mask exemptions for vaccinated individuals.

In response to Nova Southeastern University in Florida announcing a vaccine mandate, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning businesses and academic institutions from putting such policies in place.

Ithaca expects an entirely on-campus 2021-22 academic year. Among the first of its programs to return will be student clubs and its LGBTQ education and outreach services.


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