Unlike recent announcements from WSU, UW, PLU, Western WA U, CWU and some other universities, Eastern Washington University in Cheney will not require students to be vaccinated.

More specifically, the University is not making it a requirement have proof of being vaccinated to attend in-person classes or live on campus.

Part of a letter sent out by EWU President (interim) David May read as follows:

"Eastern’s leadership team is considering easing some restrictions for students who are vaccinated and there may be areas of campus and some activities where a vaccination requirement is implemented. But the university feels at this time it is up to each of us to take the necessary steps for a healthy and safe return."

All other state universities, as mentioned earlier, are requiring proof of being vaccinated. KXLY-TV in nearby Spokane reports officials, including May, say people's efforts in this matter will help ensure a safe return to school in the fall.

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A number of legislators, including GOP House Rep Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) and others are strongly suggesting it will be difficult for these schools to legally enforce such vaccine mandates; Walsh made his comments after WSU became the first 'domino' to require a vaccine.

There are no state laws or other legal requitrements to have one, of course these schools can make policies as they see fit. But it will be interesting to see how their enrollments are potentially affected by this.

 

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