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PFW Faculty Senate to consider recommending ‘vaccine mandate’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Purdue University Fort Wayne Faculty Senate is expected to consider a measure Monday to recommend a mandatory vaccination policy for staff and students at the school.

The measure, on the agenda for the noon meeting, would not be binding, however. The final decision on such a mandate rests with the university administration.

The item would require that employees and students at PFW be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of the next semester, which begins in early January.

The measure reads:

WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the lives of students, faculty, staff, and our community at large causing major financial straits for the University due to low enrollments and the additional costs the pandemic imposed for sanitation and safety,

WHEREAS, Section VI.A.1.b. of the Senate Constitution grants the Voting Faculty the ability to recommend policies concerning "student conduct", and

WHEREAS, Section VI.A.1.e. of the Senate Constitution grants the Voting Faculty the ability to recommend policies concerning "the…welfare…of the faculty",

WHEREAS there has been a surge in cases of people contracting the Corona virus as well as an increase severity and transmissibility of its mutations,

WHEREAS the Office of the Dean of Students states that all students are required to complete vaccinations for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningococcal disease (meningitis),

WHEREAS PFW’s Vision Statement regards our institution to be “dedicated to improving the world […] with the obligation we have to each other to make Purdue University Fort Wayne the best it can be—as a place to learn, live, and work [with a] commitment extends to the people and communities we serve,” thereby implying the institution’s attention to the wellbeing and safety of its communities,

WHEREAS vaccinations for COVID-19 have been fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),*

BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate requests that the University adopt an effective stand requiring all students and employees to receive the vaccinations per CDC guidelines before the first day of Spring 2022 classes.

*The FDA has fully authorized the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19. Two other vaccines continue to be approved under Emergency Use Authorization

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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