Rowan U teachers want student vax exemption eliminated

Pressure is mounting for Rowan University to remove a broad exemption from their vaccination requirement for students returning to campus this fall.

When Rowan announced that all students would have to provide proof of their immunization status, they included common exemptions for medical and religious reasons. However, they also included an exemption for “personal reasons” and did not explain what that might include.

This is troubling to many professors and other staff who are faced with the prospect of finding themselves in classrooms and lecture halls without knowing the immunization status of students.

Math teacher Eric Milou is leading a petition campaign asking Rowan officials to revoke the exemption for “personal reasons.” In a letter to the university’s board of trustees, Milou says the inclusion of this exemption puts the health of everyone on campus and in the community at risk. He asks the school to only grant “documented medical and religious exceptions”.

“The University’s current policy of allowing exceptions for personal reasons without documentation has significant potential to worsen this crisis and induce substantial to high levels of spread in early fall 2021. In the absence of a vaccine requirement as the Delta strain continues on its exponential growth trajectory, we are risking the health of our university community, the health of the broader Glassboro community, and the health of the global community. ”- letter to the board Rowan University Administration

Using the hashtag “PAS #rowanproud”, Snowy posted his letter on Facebook, urging other faculty members to sign on and “protect the campus and the community.”

A Rowan University spokesperson told that no policy changes were expected until federal drug regulators approve COVID vaccines beyond the current designation of use of d ’emergency. At that point, spokesman Joe Cardona said, students who refused to be vaccinated for “personal reasons” will either have to “be vaccinated or withdraw for medical or religious reasons.”

This is not good enough for Snowy, nor for the 100+ professors and staff who signed his letter. “We’re not going to rest,” Snowy told the Courier Post, “There is just too much at stake.”

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