By Madelin Shelton —
President Neeli Bendapudi announced Nov. 18 university employees will be required to be vaccinated or face disciplinary action. This decision comes in light of President Biden’s September executive order requiring federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The university is subject to Executive Order 14042 because of multiple federal contracts and agreements U of L depends on for operation.
The university reports more than 91 percent of students, faculty and staff are already fully vaccinated.
Bendapudi said that those faculty, staff and students who have not been vaccinated will be contacted directly and must be fully vaccinated or have approved medical or religious exemption on file by Jan. 18, 2022. Those who receive an exemption must get tested regularly.
“Those who fail to comply with the vaccination mandate or who fail to submit their updated medical or religious exemption will be subject to disciplinary action that may include unpaid leave and separation from the university,” she said.
This federal regulation also requires that U of L maintains mask and social distancing policies in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
Members of the U of L community can get more information about being vaccinated on campus here.
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