Employee Vaccination Requirement
As of Dec.17, 2021
As a result of a ruling on Dec. 16, 2021, by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the University has suspended the COVID-19 vaccination requirement under federal Executive Order 14042 for federal contractors and subcontractors. The University will continue to fulfill all other provisions of federal contracts not covered by the ruling and will continue weekly COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated employees and all other established COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
Presently, 96% of the University's full-time faculty members and 90% of its full-time staff members are fully vaccinated. In addition, more than 70% of students are fully vaccinated.
All University students and employees who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to consider vaccination. It is the most effective defense against infection and severe illness related to the virus. Vaccinations, combined with booster shots, have also been shown to be highly effective against COVID-19 strains, such as the Omicron variant. You can find COVID-19 vaccination providers in your area here.
How to Provide Proof of Vaccination
Employees who wish to upload their proof of vaccination can do so via this form.
Face Covering Policy Still in Effect
The University's Face Covering Policy was recently amended to recommend, but not require, that everyone wear face coverings in all indoor settings and outdoors while on University property.
A department or unit may require all individuals wear face coverings over their mouths and noses if it is determined to be necessary during a specific face-to-face course, in a specific classroom, laboratory, and/or private office/workspace, or other areas.
Read the final Face Covering Policy on the University Policies website.