Rutgers will still require COVID vaccine, mask mandate

(NewsNation) — While nearly all universities and colleges across the country have dropped the strictest guidelines stemming from the pandemic, a few holdouts remain.

More than 100 schools still require students to be vaccinated in order to attend classes in person, according to No College Mandates, a group that tracks COVID-19 policies in higher education.

A smaller number of schools including Rutgers and Georgetown still require indoor masking.

As students are set to return to classes next month, many are wondering whether enrollment will be impacted.

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In terms of COVID guidelines, the distinction between public and private schools is important. While private universities have more flexibility, public schools typically have to adhere to state guidelines.

Rutgers said incoming students must abide by a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to the school website. The mandate says there will be no exceptions but also says evaluation of exception requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Even if students are hypothetically granted an exemption to the vaccination rule, on-campus attendance is not guaranteed and students will be required to undergo testing.




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