Western University student government won’t fight mask and vaccine rules

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Western University’s student government has voted against opposing the school’s mandate for COVID-19 masks and booster shots, a sign of support amid backlash from some on campus and beyond .

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Western University’s student government has voted against opposing the school’s mandate for COVID-19 masks and booster shots, a sign of support amid backlash from some on campus and beyond .

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The university announced last week that masks and proof of vaccinations, including a booster, will be needed when thousands of students converge on campus for a new school year this month.

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“We will soon be welcoming students to campus from across the country and around the world,” Florentine Strzelczyk, provost and vice president academic, said in a statement. “While we cannot predict when the next wave of COVID-19 may arrive, we believe these measures will help us protect the in-person experience that Western is known for.”

She said the mandate, which is rare at this stage of the pandemic in Canadian universities, was decided after extensive consultation with scientific experts.

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The news sparked a backlash that included a protest on campus last weekend. The student government has yet to publicly comment on its decision not to oppose the rules.

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Students at a Western University affiliate, Brescia University College, will not have to provide proof of vaccinations or wear masks to attend classes or travel to its campus — an effort to prioritize student learning and bringing students back to the classroom, Brescia officials said.

As of late August, the Canadian Press reported, 14 of 83 universities surveyed nationally were to require masks on campuses this fall.

Fanshawe College London is also taking another direction. Students will not need proof of their vaccination status or be required to wear masks as in-person instruction will resume in 65% of classes this fall.

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