Rowan University to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Students Attending In-Person Classes

By: Joshua Gras, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern

Photo: Michael Mandarino | Follow South Jersey

GLASSBORO, N.J. — On May 17, Rowan University announced that all students who wish to attend in-person classes this fall will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

The university, which announced its planned return to in-person classes for the fall semester earlier this year, also provided an update to its incentive program to get students vaccinated in the form of requiring any student that is to attend in-person classes or that will live on campus to be fully vaccinated. The deadline for this incentive program is August 7.

In order to incentivize students to get inoculated, Rowan is offering vaccinated students a $500 credit to their fall 2021 course registration bill. Fully vaccinated students living on campus will receive a total of $1,000 in credit towards their fall 2021 bill. This push to get the school’s students vaccinated comes as Rowan University pledged to do its part in helping New Jersey reach its vaccination goal of 70%.

Some students may be exempt from the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Those taking all online classes who don’t live on campus, those who are choosing not to get inoculated for religious reasons, and students whose health would be jeopardized by the COVID-19 vaccine are among those who can opt out of the university’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Those who do not get the vaccine will have to fill out a number of forms in order to opt out of the mandate.

Additionally, students who aren’t inoculated and attending in-person classes next fall may be subject to increased health screenings and self-quarantines if exposed to COVID-19.

Students who get fully vaccinated can upload a copy of their vacation card after logging into the university’s official portal, which you can do here. The school is also offering transportation to the Gloucester County COVID-19 mega site, which is located on RCSJ-Gloucester’s campus. Rowan Medicine in Stratford is also offering COVID-19 vaccine walk-in appointments through the end of May.

In its statement regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Rowan emphasized that it will continue to follow state guidelines as opposed to CDC guidelines regarding mask requirements and social distancing as it returns to in-person learning this fall.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.