Fanshawe mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for students in residence

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Fanshawe College announces preliminary plans for the fall term.

Fanshawe College announced Thursday that students who plan to live in residence in the fall will need to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The college added that anyone who is not able to access a vaccination prior to their arrival will have 14 days after their move-in to get a vaccine in London. Students will also be expected to have a second dose scheduled within the recommended timeframe for that vaccine. Residence applications will only move forward when the vaccine requirement has been met or a vaccine exemption has been approved.

“Providing an enriched residence living experience is a top priority for the Fanshawe Residence experience this fall, and that requires measures to protect ourselves and our student community to the fullest extent we can,” said Director of Residence Operations, Fanshawe Residence, David Norwood in a statement. “Health officials have told us that vaccines are the best way to provide an environment for that to happen.”

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International students who have been vaccinated in another country with a vaccine not currently on Health Canada’s approved list will be considered unvaccinated with an approved exemption, and will still be allowed to live in residence. However, they will be restricted to non-vaccinated student spaces and limited activities until the Middlesex-London Health Unit can assess each student individually.

Students who are partially or fully vaccinated at least 14 days before move-in will be able to have access to residence lounges and common spaces, in-person social activities and visiting between residence buildings. Outside of residence, non-vaccinated students will be allowed access to the same campus services as vaccinated students.

Students can also expect to hear more information regarding their individual program plans for the fall term Thursday afternoon. At this time, the college plans to continue offering some classes remotely in the fall, with a plan to expand more in-person learning in the winter term. The college also plans to begin returning to some of their on-campus student activities, including social events and athletics, as public health restrictions begin to ease in coming months.

Students attending classes on campus will not be required to provide proof of a vaccine, however, students are strongly encouraged to get the jab when they are eligible.

More details on the college’s plans for a return to campus are expected in the coming days.