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GVSU requiring all faculty, staff and students to receive COVID-19 vaccinations by September 30th.

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University outlined its strategy of masking, testing and vaccinations designed to reinforce its health and safety plan heading into the fall semester.

It begins Monday when anyone entering campus buildings will be required to wear a face covering – vaccinated or not.

There are few exceptions for private offices, dorm rooms and when eating.

On a daily basis, members of the GVSU community are required to self-report their health condition and vaccine status. Those failing to do so must be tested weekly for COVID exposure.

It’s expected the Food and Drug Administration will give final approval of COVID-19 vaccines by Labor Day.With that in mind, GVSU is requiring all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated by September 30th. The university asks for proof of religious or medical exemption.

Greg Sanial is Vice President for Finance and Administration and Director of the Virus Action Team. His message for anyone defying the September 30th deadline.

“I think in the end, if they’re absolutely refusing to get vaccinated, we would expect them to seek their education elsewhere or employment elsewhere.”

Sanial expressed there will be steps taken before reaching that point by engaging with and educating students and employees.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.