UPDATE: As of June 14, masks are not required for vaccinated individuals, inside or outside of campus buildings. Social distancing and other COVID-19 policies remain in effect.
In a university wide email on May 14, Valparaiso University announced that fully vaccinated students will not be required to wear a mask and can gather in groups. This updated policy will take effect beginning in fall 2021.
The release follows the university’s decision to require students to be vaccinated in order to return to in-person classes for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 1, 2021, with student athletes vaccinated by July 1, and send proof to email@example.com.
These new rules will allow for a return to normalcy on campus. Including in person classes and unrestricted social gatherings.
Additionally, President Padilla commended the efforts of the students and faculty for their perseverance throughout the year and their adaptability regarding policy changes to account for the shifting severity of the pandemic.
In preparation for the fall, Padilla encourages students to get their vaccination and enjoy their summer as he looks to resume a more regular curriculum for the upcoming year.
All questions and vaccination exemptions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a developing story. The Torch will update this story as more information becomes available.