By: Erika Stanish / KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Several students at the University of Pittsburgh were withdrawn during the spring semester for failing to comply with the university’s vaccine regulation.
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In November, announced university it would follow the Biden administration’s federal mandate, requiring all faculty and staff to be fully immunized by December 6.
In a statement on November 9, the university said, “While we will initiate progressive discipline against faculty and staff who fail to comply with the interim policy on that date, we will use “Similarly, we will work with such students during that period,” said a university spokesperson.
On Tuesday, the University told KDKA that all students who fail to comply will be withdrawn from classes and lose access to the Pitt buildings and certain IT functions. Ninety-six percent of Pitt’s students and staff have been immunized.
“Additionally, non-compliant employees lost access to Pitt buildings and certain IT resources,” said David Seldin, Pitt’s assistant vice principal of communications.
The university did not say how many students, faculty and staff were affected but in a press release in November said more than 93% were fully vaccinated.
“The new requirement will affect approximately 2,250 students, 240 faculty members and 700 staff members who have not yet disclosed their immunization status,” a Pitt spokesperson said in a November news release.
“I don’t know if the de-registration is necessary, but I think this is such a small campus that the virus will spread very quickly if people don’t get vaccinated. I understand the school’s call to do that, I wouldn’t call the same if I was on the board,” said Jacob Boon, a senior at Pitt’s.
Spring semester begins January 10, and students are welcome back to campus January 8, where they are notified of a college-wide shelter in order of speed. of the COVID-19 omicron variant increased.
“The shelter-in-place period will remain in effect until the CMRO advises it is safe to lift, but will take effect at least five days after the final group arrives. Based on the above timelines, the Pittsburgh facility will stay in place until at least Wednesday, January 26… Area facilities will stay in place until at least January 13, ” Pitt’s website says.
“I’m a new student and it’s a bit silly because I can’t explore everything in the city. But I feel at the same time it’s also very easy to get started with me personally because I’m always in my room so I can focus on my classes first,” said freshman Joey Hunker. “Eventually I feel that it will catch up to me and I will wish I was out working with my friends and I could hang out and eat out every day.”
“Personally, I love asking for a vaccine – it makes me feel safer than in my hometown, where COVID is so widespread,” said second-year Justin McBarnett.
A spokesperson for the University said students and compliance staff will be allowed to re-enrol and regain access.
Pitt issued this statement:
“We continue to work with those trying to comply, including those who have lost access to buildings (due to their ID being disabled) or selected IT resources, to allow them to re-enroll in classes and/or regain access, with minimal disruption to their Pitt experience. To do so, individuals will need to provide proof of vaccinations or registration and receive an approved waiver. Refunds of tuition to any student who are disenrolled and choose not to take steps to return to compliance and re-enroll will be administered according to the standard tuition adjustment process. Employees who choose not to take steps to return to compliance may be subject to additional discipline in accordance with the School’s discipline guidelines.
The overall vaccination rate is 96% among students, faculty, and staff across all Pitt campuses.”
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