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University of Virginia Disenrolls 238 Unvaccinated Students Ahead Of Fall Semester
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University of Virginia Disenrolls 238 Unvaccinated Students Ahead Of Fall Semester

All students who live, learn, or work in person at the university are to be fully vaccinated for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.

Cocke Hall on the University of Virginia campus. Source: Getty Images/ epantha
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A University spokesman has stated that The University of Virginia has disenrolled 238 students for its fall semester on Friday for not complying with the university's Covid-19 vaccine mandate. "All students who live, learn, or work in person at the university" are required to be fully vaccinated for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, according to current university Covid-19 policies, reports CNN. Only 49 out of the 238 incoming Fall semester students were actually enrolled in classes, and the remaining 189 "may not have been planning to return to the university this fall at all," UVA spokesperson Brian Coy told the outlet.

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If students are disenrolled, they are "not eligible to take courses," Coy explained. Students who were enrolled at the university on Wednesday still have a week to update their status at which point they can re-enroll, he added. UVA first announced its vaccine mandate in May and the policy has been effective so far. About 96.6% of UVA's student body is vaccinated, per Coy. Around 1% of students are currently unvaccinated while about 1.3 percent were allowed to claim religious or medical exemptions, Coy said. "If you're unvaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask at all times -- indoors or outdoors -- whenever you're around people," said Coy. "Anyone unvaccinated and has an exemption will have to test once a week, we're starting once a week: That might go up."