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Quinnipiac University to Restrict Internet Access for Unvaccinated Students

Quinnipiac University to Restrict Internet Access for Unvaccinated Students

“Our goal is to protect the health of our entire university community”

This is cruelty, plain and simple. It’s astounding that any tuition paying parents would put up with it.

The Federalist reports:

Build Your Own Wifi: Quinnipiac University To Cut Off Unvaccinated Students From Internet

Quinnipiac University plans to fine unvaccinated students and to restrict their WiFi this upcoming fall, the school announced Monday in an internal letter.

“Our goal is to protect the health of our entire university community,” the Hamden, Connecticut, school of about 10,000 wrote to students who are unvaccinated. “In order to accomplish this we must know if you have been vaccinated.”

About 600 students have yet to get vaccinated. The deadline is September 14. If students do not adequately “upload” their status, they might get hit with an imposed fine as high as $2,275 each semester.

For the first two weeks of the term, the fine will be $100 per week, which will increase by $25 every two weeks. Likewise, any student who does not participate in “weekly, on-campus testing” will receive a $100 fine. All unvaccinated students will not be able to access the school’s WiFi.

“Access to the Quinnipiac network and Wi-Fi system will be revoked if a student has not fulfilled the vaccination requirement by Sept. 14,” noted a local news outlet. “Fees and penalties will be waived for students who have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine if the second dose is completed by Sept. 14.”

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Restricting wifi access is unrelated to vaccination status or protecting anyone’s health. It’s just punishment.

It will also have the perverse consequence of forcing those being punished to do things in person they otherwise could have done with an email or a quick search.

Right up until someone sells them access to someone else’s wifi.

Sometimes, the stupidity of academia is mind-boggling. The rest of the time, it’s merely annoying.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 19, 2021 at 11:13 am

I’m looking at all the headlines for the Short Takes stories this morning, and I need to ask: are there any colleges or universities left not being run by either subversives, or just plain hand-wringing pants-wetters?

    You might look at Hillsdale College. I’ve diverted funds I intended to give to Harvard over to Hillsdale, where they are much more appreciative.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to OldProf2. | August 19, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      One is not enough. Besides, too much of this nonsense is being perpetrated at institutions the productive are compelled to fund, via taxes.

It seems almost as though the Quinnipiac administrators fear that the Wuhan virus will be spread over their wi-fi system. That gives new meaning to the term “a bug in the system.”

Antifundamentalist | August 19, 2021 at 3:13 pm

Do you really want to attend a college that behaves as though COVID can be transferred via the internet?

The Friendly Grizzly | August 19, 2021 at 5:35 pm

I am fairly sure that most of the students have smart phones. Of those, most of them have some sort of unlimited data plans, or ones generous enough to ,more than cover on-line research, submission of assignments and term papers and the like.

If they stop, or at least ration themselves with the optional stuff, they can do fine, and Q-pie Dolls in the administration and get knotted.

It seems to me that a more logical step would be to limit access to on-campus cafeterias to vaccinated students. Students must take off their masks while they eat. If the goal is to slow the spread of COVID, keeping unvaccinated students masked is better than restricting WIFI so as to encourage less on-line (and more in-person) interactions by the unvaccinated students.

The fact is that vaccinations are not medically appropriate for all individuals, and most universities recognize exceptions to their vaccination mandates. So, we need rational rules to handle unvaccinated students. Restricting WiFi is just counterproductive.

Will my WiFi access be cut off exactly 8 months after my second Pfizer shot?

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