The Mitchell Hamline School of Law will require all students, faculty and staff that want to be on campus this fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The college on Monday announced that, starting Aug. 1 and through the fall semester, the above groups - including adjuncts - will only be allowed on the Summit Avenue campus in St. Paul if they have been fully vaccinated.
"We believe we are on a path to resuming normal operations," an email letter to students, staff and faculty read. "But for that to happen in the quickest and safest way, it is absolutely essential that as many people as possible get vaccinated."
Visitors who haven't been vaccinated will be allowed on campus, but only if they follow specific guidelines the college is currently developing.
Unvaccinated students will be able to take required courses and some electives online or in HyFlex classes, the Mitchell Hamline said, and unvaccinated employees will have to arrange for continued remote work.
"More information will be forthcoming about how people will document that they have been vaccinated," the email continued. It reminded incoming students to plan ahead, as it takes up to six weeks to go from a first dose to fully vaccinated. The college also plans to host an on-campus vaccination clinic this summer - the first shot of the Moderna vaccine in June, the second in July.
Mitchell Hamline did say it is not expecting to have a mask requirement come the fall semester, though "may reduce room and space capacities to avoid crowding." More than 1,200 students are enrolled at the school, about 40% of which are full-time.
COVID vaccination-related announcements from other colleges and universities are likely coming in the weeks ahead. For example:
- The University of Minnesota in its May 14 update said details on its return-to-work plan ahead of Aug. 2 are "in progress."
- The University of St. Thomas said it expects a "full return to normal campus operations" in autumn, though promised more details were coming.
- The College of St. Scholastica is encouraging people to get vaccinated as it plans a return to on-campus learning starting Sept. 7, but notes things remain "flexible" based on public health.