To students, faculty, staff, and members of the Andrew College community:
The documents you see on the website regarding the pandemic are the result of utilizing the best information available as the global pandemic continues. We have learned a lot in the past year. For example, we know that outside activity and interaction is much safer in terms of virus transmission compared to indoors. We know that vaccinated people have a very small chance of ending up in the hospital or dying from the virus than those who are vaccinated.
We strongly encourage you and all members of your family to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Once the vaccine has permanent FDA approval it is likely that the college will require employees and students to get the vaccine within a reasonable period of time. Meanwhile, what you will see in the sections that follow are measures intended to ensure the safe campus operation of classes, campus life, athletics, as well as responsible community interaction.
We require each employee and student to provide their vaccination status. We may ask for proof of the vaccine at some point but collecting that vaccine status is an essential part of our safeguards as we begin this academic year. We respect every individual’s right to choose whether to be vaccinated at this point because the vaccine has yet to be fully approved by the FDA. However, one’s right to choose must be balanced with what is in the best interest of the Andrew College community, and the rules and policies described in the following sections must be abided.
Stay safe and well –
Linda R. Buchanan