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Heidelberg University to require COVID-19 vaccination for students, staff

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Tiffin, Ohio — Following a vote last week by the institution’s board of trustees, Heidelberg University is adopting a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all students, faculty, and staff.

“This policy is based on the recommendation of local, state and national public health officials,” Rob Huntington, president of Heidelberg, said in a letter announcing the move. “It is based largely on the continuing threat of the highly transmissible delta variant that is causing a spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, especially among the younger demographic.”

In Ohio, there are 32 colleges and universities requiring vaccination, according to Huntington. Heidelberg joins its Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) peers Capital University, John Carroll University, Otterbein University, and Wilmington College in requiring vaccination.

Students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by January 3, 2022.

Exemption requests based on medical or religious reasons will be considered individually, according to Huntington.

“Students who are not in compliance by January 3, 2022 will not be allowed on Heidelberg’s campus and cannot participate in university classes or other activities. If available, those students may choose online courses to stay enrolled but cannot reside on campus or participate in other activities. Otherwise, students must withdraw their enrollment,” Huntington wrote.

Employees who are not in compliance by January 3, 2022 will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination, Huntington added.

For more information, see Huntington’s full letter to the Heidelberg community here.


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