I’m writing to you about the University of Mississippi’s response to the vote earlier today by the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning directing all universities to comply with an Executive Order issued last month by President Biden on “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.”
To comply with the order, the University of Mississippi will require all UM employees (including faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student employees) to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Please note that this vaccination requirement is a condition of employment at the university, not a condition of enrollment. If you are a student who is not employed by the university, you are not required to be vaccinated. The IHL Board kept in place its directive preventing COVID-19 vaccine mandates as a condition of enrollment.
If you are a student employee (graduate or undergraduate) of the University of Mississippi, this vaccine mandate will apply to you and vaccination will be required for employment. Student employees will receive a separate communication with additional details.
The university continues to follow health and safety guidance when determining the university’s response to COVID-19. I want to encourage all students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of employment status, as vaccination remains the best way to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19. Please visit the university’s vaccination web page for additional information, including information about on campus vaccine clinics at Johnson Commons on Oct. 26, 28, 29, and Nov. 2, 3, 9, 17, 19 and 30.
Be safe. Be responsible.