Indiana State University will not mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, but it is asking employees and students to voluntarily submit proof of COVID vaccinations for the 2021-22 academic year, President Deborah Curtis announced during a trustees meeting Friday.

Those who provide proof of vaccination:

• Will no longer have to complete the daily Sycamore Symptoms assessment in 2021-22.

• Will not be required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive.

• Will no longer be required to wear a mask in public spaces.

The university strongly encourages employees and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and before the start of the fall semester, Curtis said.

ISU will launch online systems where employees and students are encouraged to voluntarily upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The following statement was released on campus this morning:

Dear Fellow Sycamores:

I am pleased to write that for the first time since Indiana State University has been tracking

COVID-19 cases (including individuals in isolation or quarantine) our numbers have

remained at zero for over ten straight days.

The University continues to follow the guidance of the CDC and public health officials who

stress the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. While ISU will not mandate

vaccination, the University continues to strongly encourage employees and students to get

vaccinated as soon as possible, and certainly before the start of the fall semester. This is the

best way for the Sycamore family to return to normal operations and create a safer learning

and working environment.

The University is asking employees and students to voluntarily submit proof of COVID

vaccinations to assist University and local health departments with contact tracing. The

information will be kept private consistent with federal and state privacy laws.

ISU will launch online systems where employees and students are encouraged to

voluntarily upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The Office of Information Technology is

working on a system for employees that will commence on or near July 1 and a system for

students that will commence on August 1.

Those who have completed the simple process of uploading proof of vaccination:

• Will no longer have to complete the daily Sycamore Symptom Assessment which

will continue to be implemented during the 2021-22 academic year.

• Will not be required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of

someone who has tested positive.

• Will no longer be required to wear a mask in public spaces.

ISU strongly encourages all students and employees to get vaccinated as the University

returns to normal operations this summer. Public health officials have clearly outlined the

steps necessary for all of us to “go back to normal.” We need the vast majority of our

citizens and of our campus community to be vaccinated. Please do your part.

For more information about the vaccines or to find a vaccination site, go to: ourshot.in.gov.

The University anticipates having vaccines available to students in August as they return to

campus.

Please also be sure to stay current on updates and refer to frequently asked questions

regarding campus housing, academics/classes, and campus events here:

https://www.indstate.edu/covid/faq. The University will also have a limited supply of athome, self-tests that students and employees can use.

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication. We continue to make progress

each day toward the return to normal operations. We will continue to provide updated

information as conditions and CDC guidance evolve. We are Sycamore Strong.

Deborah J. Curtis, Ph.D.

President

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