Lawrence University to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Students, Likely Wisconsin’s First | Higher Education


Executives at Marquette University, the state’s largest private institution, are still discussing whether to require COVID-19 vaccination, spokeswoman Lynn Griffith said on Tuesday.

Edgewood College is encouraging but does not require students to be vaccinated, spokesman Ed Taylor said.

Rolf Wegenke, who heads the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Wisconsin, said late last month he was unaware of the vaccine requirements at any of the organization’s 23 schools . On Tuesday, he said he was aware of Lawrence’s decision but was still working on compiling an updated list.

At the state’s 16 technical colleges, vaccine requirements will be a school-by-school decision made by each local board, according to Wisconsin Technical College System spokesperson Conor Smyth.

Madison Area Technical College president Jack Daniels said vaccines would not be needed.

Follow science

At Lawrence University, where about 98% of students live in on-campus housing, imposing a vaccination requirement on students “made sense,” said Christyn Abaray, who heads the pandemic planning team. university and is also assistant to the president.

“Science – that’s what we’ve been following all this time,” she said.


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