Xavier University to require students get vaccinated against COVID-19

Xavier University photographed on Monday, June 28, 2021.

Xavier University is the first higher education institution in the Greater Cincinnati region to announce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 

All students must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the spring 2022 semester, the university announced Wednesday evening. Fall classes began Aug. 16.

“In my nearly two months of serving as President of Xavier University, it is abundantly clear to me that a deep commitment to one another and to the common good defines this community," president Colleen Hanycz wrote in a Wednesday letter to students. "Sometimes, that spirit leads to self-sacrifice as we set aside our own individual wants and desires, in favor of the needs of the collective community. It is with that spirit in mind that I write to you with an important message.”

The letter states the mandate is due to the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19.

"Young and otherwise healthy people are also seeing a more direct impact from this variant," the letter reads. "COVID-19 vaccination is key to maintaining the health, safety, and normal operations of our community."

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