Manhattanville College to require COVID-19 vaccine for all returning fall students
Students will need to get a
COVID-19 vaccine if they want to return to Manhattanville College campus this
Hybrid learning continues at
Manhattanville College this semester, but the school plans to return to full
in-person learning in the fall - and to do so, all medically eligible students
must get the COVID-19 vaccine to be on campus.
College officials made the announcement Tuesday as the vaccine
eligibility guidelines expanded to all New Yorkers 16 and older. They
say by requiring all students to be vaccinated by the fall semester, they will
be able to fully reopen classrooms as well as
lounges, gyms, dining halls, and even allow students to have guests visit
campus once again.
College President Michael Geisler says this decision prioritizes health and
safety. "It's really, very important for us to get back to the environment
that students need," he says.
"It would help because having online classes isn't the same as
being in-person. You don't get the same level of education and it just doesn't
feel like you're in college," says
freshman Roma Clifford.
Not everyone is on board with the plan.
A petition against the
vaccine requirement is circulating right now, with about 200 student and parent
Sophomore Ariana McConway is
leading that effort.
"It's really up to them
if they want to lose 200 students and lose out on all the money and being able
to give them an education, just because of a vaccine that we're not comfortable
with," she says.
McConway says several
students are looking into transferring if the school doesn't change its vaccine
stance, adding they would be OK quarantining at home if exposed to the virus.
As of now, Manhattanville officials say they are not planning to offer
hybrid classes in the fall in order to focus on returning to in-person
While Manhattanville has made
its decision, SUNY schools are waiting on more guidance, but are distributing
thousands of Johnson & Johnson shots to all students who want them before
the spring semester ends.
Pace University and Iona
College say they are highly encouraging their students to get the vaccine but
have not decided about requiring it before opening for full in-person learning
later this year.