It Has Begun… Quinnipiac University to Fine Students and Cut Campus Network & WIFI Who Are Not Vaccinated for COVID

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Quinnipiac University will fine students who don’t receive a COVID-19 vaccine as well as exempt students who miss COVID-19 testing.

Students who violate the COVID-19 vaccination policies will also lose access to the Quinnipiac campus network and Wi-Fi.

Quinnipiac University said students who don’t receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be fined up to $2,275 for the semester and unvaccinated students who do not take part in weekly testing will be fined for each week they miss.

Quinnipiac University is requiring students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester and the deadline to upload their COVID-19 vaccination records was Aug. 1.

If a student still has not fulfilled the vaccination requirement by Sept. 14, they will lose access to the Quinnipiac campus network and Wi-Fi.

The university’s website indicates it has about 6,800 undergraduate and about 3,000 graduate, medical and law students across its three campuses in Hamden and North Haven.

So far, about 600 students have not provided any health documentation to the university, which could result in a financial penalty for failing to send in their documentation.

The email was sent Monday to about 600 students who had not yet uploaded vaccination information, university spokesman John Morgan told a reporter in an email.

As of Tuesday evening, roughly 150 of those students had provided the required documentation after Ellett’s communication went out, according to Morgan.

The university will impose a weekly fee — which would reach up to $2,275 for a semester — for not complying with the vaccination requirement, Ellett said. The fee starts at $100 per week for the first two weeks of the semester and will increase by $25 every two weeks until reaching the maximum of $200 per week. Ellett said the fines will stop once proof of vaccination is provided.

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“We wish we did not have to take these measures, but protecting the health of our QU community by ensuring compliance with our vaccination requirement is the only way we can ease most of our COVID-related restrictions and safely return to our in-person learning and living activities,” Ellett said.

All full-time faculty and staff have submitted the required vaccination documentation, according to Morgan.

Asked why vaccinated students were not required to get tested when there has been evidence of spread involving vaccinated individuals, Morgan issued the following statement:

“CDC guidelines currently do not recommend routine testing of vaccinated individuals,” he wrote.

“They do recommend that vaccinated persons get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.

In addition, if a vaccinated individual has any COVID-related symptoms they should get tested.” area schools are taking different approaches to vaccine requirements.

Albertus Magnus College is not allowing students to enroll if they are unvaccinated and do not have an exemption, according to a statement from spokeswoman Sarah Barr.

Anthony Santella, the University of New Haven’s COVID coordinator, told the Register that UNH had no plans to fine “unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students who miss their weekly surveillance testing” but would prohibit them from entering campus facilities, including classrooms.

For students at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, “We will continue to educate and work with our students individually to ensure that they are following our mitigation efforts, including required testing for those who are not vaccinated,” according to spokesman Patrick Dilger. “We will not be imposing fines or similar measures for non-compliance.”

At Yale University, spokeswoman Karen Peart said Tuesday that “students who wish to enroll in Fall 2021 must either be vaccinated, or be granted a medical or religious waiver from vaccination.

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“Those refusing vaccine, or who fail to meet the vaccination requirement by the determined deadline, will not be allowed to remain on campus,” she said.

At the University of Connecticut, nonexempt students who do not provide proof of vaccination will have their accounts frozen, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz, who said the measure would prevent them from accessing their housing assignments and course information.

At Gateway Community College, spokeswoman Evie Gard said Gateway and all of the state’s community colleges “are governed by the policies set forth by the CT Board of Regents for Higher Ed with DPH and CDC guidance. The protocols adapt as the situation changes.”

h/t kpm

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