DePaul University, Columbia College requiring students to be vaccinated beginning with fall 2021

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CHICAGO — DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago are requiring students to be vaccinated for in-person instruction beginning in the fall.

DePaul’s requirement will cover all undergraduate, graduate and professional students in all degree programs who intend to be on campus for any period of time.

“Why is DePaul requiring students to be vaccinated? Simply put: safety, mutual care and social responsibility,” A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., president of DePaul, wrote in email messages to the university community. “The health and safety of our community, and the communities in which our students, faculty and staff live, have driven DePaul’s decision-making throughout the pandemic.”

Students will have to submit their vaccination proof in their campus connect portal.

The University of Notre Dame, another private catholic university, recently announced the same requirement.

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At Columbia College Chicago, students will be required to be vaccinated for the fall 2021 semester, which begins on Sept. 7. Vaccinations for faculty and staff will not be required, but will be strongly encouraged.

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