University of Indianapolis releases fall guidance

Students and staff at the University of Indianapolis won’t be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine this fall, but protocols for unvaccinated students will be stricter than those for students who have had their shots.

Students are required to upload their vaccination status by Aug. 15 on the Med+Proctor app. The fall semester starts Aug. 30.

University officials will assume students who do not are unvaccinated, and they will have to follow specific protocols, according to a university news release.

Officials hope to reach an 80% vaccination rate on campus, after which COVID-19 protocols would be relaxed, the news release said.

Students who are vaccinated after Aug. 15 can update their status on the app, said Kory Vitangeli, a spokesperson for the college.

Vaccinated students will can avoid COVID-19 testing and isolation as long as they are asymptomatic, even if they are in close contact with someone who has the virus. Vaccinated students also can go without masks and don’t need to fill out the UIndy health check, according to the news release.

Unvaccinated students will be required to wear masks indoors except for in their dorm rooms, will have to fill out the UIndy health check, will have to get tested for COVID-19 weekly and will have to quarantine if they come in close contact with someone who has the virus, the news release said.

Unvaccinated students will also have to pay $50 each day they are quarantined at the university-provided hotel.

In a continued effort to get students vaccinated, the university will host Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccination clinics in July and August, starting with one from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. From then, the clinics will continue from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 13. All clinics will take place in Schwitzer 210, according to the university’s website.

More than 500 students and staff were vaccinated this spring at the university-hosted clinics, Vitangeli said.

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University of Indianapolis students and staff members can register for an on-campus vaccine clinic by emailing [email protected] or by calling 317-788-3530.

Source: University of Indianapolis