Some college students who have not been vaccinated may be charged a $1,500 fee per semester.
In the fall, some unvaccinated college students could face costs of up to $1,500 each semester.
Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, said on Wednesday that unvaccinated students who do not obtain a waiver will be charged a health and safety fee. The $1,500 is intended to pay the cost of weekly testing required of unvaccinated students.
The fee is likely to commence once the COVID-19 vaccination is completely approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which the school anticipates to happen this summer. The vaccine is currently only approved for emergency use, however it is highly recommended.
The school said in a statement that “we are glad to see that a high percentage of our students, instructors, and staff have already decided to be vaccinated.” “With a school-wide immunization commitment, we will be able to move toward maximum capacity and less masking, allowing for the intentional in-person campus life experience that we all love about Rhodes.”
While the school invested extensively in testing resources this past school year, Rhodes said the school is moving its focus to immunizations and lowering the amount of asymptomatic testing for pupils.
Unvaccinated students are still required to have asymptomatic testing at least once a week, which is why the college is collecting the increased cost.
The price will be waived for students who obtain medical or religious exemptions. International students who may not have had access to immunizations prior to arriving on campus may prove their intent to obtain vaccines in order to avoid paying the price.
The school still requires unvaccinated pupils to wear masks indoors, and anyone else who want to mask may do so. When it comes to unmasking, the school is counting on pupils to be truthful about whether or not they’ve received all of their vaccinations.
“In keeping with the Rhodes Honor Code and the Lynx Promise, which promises each of us to honesty in all matters,” the school’s website stated, “I have no doubt that everyone of us will be honest regarding our vaccination status and mask in accordance with the campus policy.”
The school may still require face masks at large, college-wide events but protocols will be up for review at the end of. This is a brief summary.