Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is announcing its stance on students returning to campus this fall, including proof of double vaccination and masking.
"As we move into the 2021/22 school year the ongoing health risks of COVID-19 remain highly concerning, even with exemplary vaccination rates in Manitoba. Thus, all CMU students, staff, and faculty are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19," says Dr. Cheryl Pauls, President of CMU in a news release on August 19, 2021.
All students, staff, and faculty who will be on campus this fall will have to show proof of vaccination. Students have until August 31 to get their first dose and September 20 to get their second.
"CMU will consider requests for exemption in a manner consistent with the Human Rights Code of Manitoba. In keeping with the overwhelming consensus of scientific and health authorities globally, CMU views vaccination as a safe and necessary way to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the health of the population globally."
In the spring of 2021, the Christian University made a statement that they would not require vaccines for people attending this fall.
"Within this changing context, CMU staff and faculty gathered and decided to require vaccination against COVID-19 for students, employees, and volunteers."
For the most part, only students, faculty, and staff will be permitted on the grounds come the school year.
"Further, masking protocols will remain in place as the term begins and will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis. In addition, CMU asks that students, staff, and faculty continue to stay home when feeling unwell, wash or sanitize your hands when entering a building or classroom, and physically distance when possible."
The campus will also be opening up its cafe to students and the public once the semester begins.
"As we move into 2021/22 I find it helpful to think about "returning to community" rather than "getting back to normal."