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Carleton College will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students, faculty and staff

With a vaccinated population, the school does not anticipate requiring masks on campus.
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Carleton College in Northfield is joining other schools in requiring students, faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus.

President Steven Poskanzer outlined the school’s plans for the fall semester in a Wednesday announcement, including the plan to return to pre-pandemic in-person operations.

Carleton College’s academic year will begin on Sep. 6.

“Students thrive when they live and work on campus, and faculty and staff must be on campus to teach, mentor, and support our students. As such, our priority is to return to normal operations,” Poskanzer wrote.

Most employees currently working remotely will begin to transition back to in-person work this summer, with the goal being all employees working in-person by Aug. 30.

This means students, faculty and staff must receive the COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus. The school will consider limited exceptions in accordance with state and federal law, according to the announcement.

With a vaccinated population, Carleton College will also not anticipate requiring masks on campus, and residential occupancies will go back to pre-pandemic set-ups.

Macalester College in St. Paul announced similar vaccine requirements last week.

While Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden have rejected the idea of requiring proof of vaccination, or a “vaccine passport” to access public services, private companies can still opt to do so.

According to NPR, other schools to implement a vaccine requirement include Duke University, Brown, Cornell and Northeastern University in Massachusetts. 

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