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Stan State falling short on vaccination mandate
Stan State nursing students
Stanislaus State nursing students administer COVID-19 vaccines earlier in the year. All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated to attend classes or work on campus (Photo contributed).

Stanislaus State ranks fourth to last for vaccination rates among California State Universities at 76 percent, according to a new report. The schools that rank below Stanislaus State are CSU Bakersfield, Northridge and Dominguez Hills.

Some universities have been inconsistent with enforcing the mandate with allowing unvaccinated students to attend class and be on campus and the CSU Chancellor’s Office has left it up to the university to adopt their own policies.

“The policy is that if you’re accessing campus facilities, you need to be vaccinated. How they enforce that is up to the discretion of the campuses,” said Cal State Chancellor’s Office spokesperson Michael Uhlenkamp.

Uhlenkamp also said the universities were told to do everything possible to avoid disenrolling students. There is no confusion with Stanislaus State’s policy. Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are not allowed to attend campus in person. The remaining 24 percent of unvaccinated students could be attending classes online or have some other accommodation,” according to Senior Associate Vice President Communications, Marketing and Media Relations Rosalee Rush.

“Students attending in-person courses and those seeking to access physical spaces on campus are required to certify vaccination,” she said.

In addition to certifying their vaccination status, students, along with all campus visitors, must complete a daily self-screening form before traveling to campus. The daily self-screening form for students, faculty and staff is integrated with the university’s records of vaccination self-certification status and weekly testing compliance, if applicable. If an individual is cleared to be on campus, they will receive a “green screen.” Not cleared, a “red screen” appears with instructions to contact the appropriate personnel.

The daily self-screening form is also equipped with a clearance widget based on the user, as an additional tool to help monitor compliance. Managers are able to view a daily list of their direct reports cleared to be on campus.

“Managers are asked to conduct a daily confirmation that anyone coded as red, not cleared to come to campus, has not reported to work. If an employee coded as “red” does report to work, the manager is asked to contact the appropriate personnel for action,” said Rush.

Faculty are also provided this optional tool to help navigate in-person courses. Faculty are able to send students coded as “red” an email that provides instructions to come into compliance. The Take Care Warrior Ambassadors team are present in classroom buildings to assist individuals with questions or concerns.

All visitors attending in-person campus events, activities and performances also must provide proof of full vaccination (vaccination card or a digital record of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours.