Across the nation, various institutes of higher learning are preparing to welcome students back to in-person courses. However, college administrators are fretting over the COVID pandemic and are aiming to reduce its prevalence through various measures.
In Buckhannon, West Virginia, one college has apparently decided that inflicting punitive measures on students is the optimal way to prevent the spread of COVID. Specifically, if students cannot produce proof of vaccination prior to their arrival on campus, then they will be forced to pay additional fees if they do not become vaccinated.
On the West Virginia Wesleyan College website itself, student will apparently be charged a completely nonrefundable $750 fee for the upcoming fall semester if they do not produce evidence of having at least one dose of the COVID vaccine by September 7.
Furthermore, after students are forced to pay $750, they will also be subjected to “weekly surveillance testing” undertaken by various school officials, which is apparently funded through “the Covid Fee charged to all unvaccinated students.”
West Virginia Wesleyan College is charging a $750 covid fee for those who don’t get the 💉. Unjabbed will also need to wear masks and pay for weekly testing. If students get “covid” while at school they will be charged $250, if they quarantine on campus. https://t.co/GN4v0F1Hpa pic.twitter.com/4Va2mTvnKi
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Moreover, students who remain unvaccinated will also be subjected to “student judicial action” if they fail to adhere to various COVID polices regarding masks, constant COVID tasting, mandatory social distancing, and so forth.
Unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty are also tasked with wearing masks while indoors “at all times,” and they must also “maintain a social distance, including in classrooms, dining hall, residence halls, wellness center, and at all indoor venues on campus.”
Moreover, unvaccinated students will incur additional fee of $250 if they test positive for COVID, or if they are “exposed” to the COVID virus, if they are unable to arrange off-campus housing for quarantine purposes.
West Virginia Wesleyan College will charge unvaccinated students an extra $750 in fees “solely for the purpose of cost recovery,” President Joel Thierstein says.
“Rather than spread the cost of testing … across the entire campus, we would apply it” to unvaccinated students. pic.twitter.com/VeOGW6SJ5N
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The school claims it is currently “not mandating” the COVID vaccine, though it intends to revisit mandatory vaccines if “the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally approves the COVID-19 vaccines for use beyond the current emergency use status.”