Rutgers Student Claims He is Being Prevented From Attending Virtual Classes Because He’s Not Vaccinated
“I figured I wouldn’t be part of that because all my classes were remote.”
This is ridiculous. If someone is taking remote classes at home, why should this even matter?
Rutgers student says he’s being stopped from taking virtual classes because he’s not vaccinated
Logan Hollar transferred to Rutgers University in 2020, spending his junior year taking virtual classes from his Sandyston home in Sussex County, more than 70 miles away from the New Brunswick campus.
For this school year, as a senior, the psychology major decided to sign up for all virtual classes.
He hasn’t taken, and doesn’t want, the COVID vaccine.
“I’m not in an at-risk age group. I’m healthy and I work out. I don’t find COVID to be scary,” said Hollar, 22. “If someone wants to be vaccinated, that’s fine with me, but I don’t think they should be pushed.”
Last spring, Rutgers was the first university in the country to mandate vaccines for students at all of its campuses, but it didn’t require them for students in fully remote online degree programs or online-only continuing education programs.
Even though Hollar has all virtual classes, he’s not part of the online programs that don’t have a vaccine requirement.
“When they put out the guidance in March, I was reading through all the verbiage, which was if you plan to return to campus, you need to be vaccinated,” Hollar said. “I figured I wouldn’t be part of that because all my classes were remote.”
Hollar said he checked his Rutgers email without issue in the beginning of August and he successfully switched out of a class on Aug. 6.
Then he completed a required survey about the coronavirus vaccine. He checked a box that said the vaccine mandate didn’t apply to him, “which I believed to be the case,” he said, because he would be learning from home.
“After submitting the survey, I got no pop-up indication that I still needed the vaccine — like I had seen in the past — and since I was online and the survey said I was all set, I assumed the emails in my inbox pertaining to (the vaccine) must apply to in-person students,” Hollar said.
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