LSU ‘resigns’ students for failing to comply with vaccine rules

Seventy-eight students at Louisiana State University are being asked to leave school for not following the school’s COVID-19 vaccination guidelines, according to a school spokesman.

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The students received an email on Tuesday telling them they had been “resigned” from the school and would be refunded 50% of the fees they had paid.

“As a student, you were sent numerous notifications regarding the Entry Test Requirement and reminders to comply. Should you want to re-enroll at the university, you must complete the Entry Test Verification Survey. You will then need to email the Office of Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@lsu.com stating your desire to be reinstated and added back to your courses,” the email read.

In August, LSU President William Tate said students would have to show proof of their first vaccine dose by Sept. 10 and show proof they are fully vaccinated by Oct. 15.

Tate traveled to Washington Wednesday to share the college’s COVID-19 protocols with President Joe Biden and his COVID-19 Response Team. Tate was there with business leaders from around the country for the meeting.

“It is an honor to present our successful COVID mitigation strategies to President Biden and the COVID Response Team, and we are proud that our multi-tiered approach to protecting our students, faculty and staff has been recognized at such an incredibly high level,” Tate said in a news release.

“Our strategies have worked, with more than 81% of our student body currently vaccinated, a monthly testing protocol that monitors the presence of the virus on our campus, wastewater testing that allows us to intervene before an outbreak occurs, and a vaccine/testing mandate at Tiger Stadium to keep our fans safe, too.

“We are grateful for the privilege of celebrating how far we have come and sharing the game plan with others who might be able to benefit from the knowledge.”

Tate said in a video posted to the LSU Twitter account that 80% of on-campus students and 70% of faculty and staff have shown proof of getting at least the first shot of the vaccine.