By ANNA LIZ NICHOLS, Associated Press / Report for America
DETROIT (AP) – Wayne State University will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from students, faculty and staff who wish to return to campus in the fall, the Detroit school said on Tuesday.
Hundreds of colleges nationwide have told students in recent months that they need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before classes start, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
Like many university presidents, WSU President Roy Wilson cited the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 as a contributing factor to the tenure.
Proof of vaccination must be submitted by August 30. Members of the campus community who knowingly come to campus without being vaccinated will face unspecified consequences, Wilson said in his letter. Those interested in waiving the vaccine requirement can apply through the school.
Until the university can get a feel for how much vaccine is on campus, there will also be an indoor mask warrant until September 15, when the school can assess whether there is still need masks.
Central Michigan University is encouraging but does not require vaccination. Students and staff must wear masks in classrooms at least until September.
This story has been corrected to say that CMU requires masks but no vaccinations.
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