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Vaccine or weekly tests required for students at all UNC System schools

Posted August 4, 2021 4:41 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2021 5:00 p.m. EDT

— The University of North Carolina System will adopt a plan announced last week at the campus in Chapel Hill. All students will be requires to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be tested for the virus each week.

UNC-CH notified students and parents last week of the requirement. The UNC System followed up Thursday with a statement that "all campuses will operate under a ‘Get Vaccinated or Get Tested Weekly’ requirement for students.

"Universities are collecting information on students’ vaccination status, and any unvaccinated students will be subject to weekly, or more frequent, testing," said Norma Houston, chief of staff for the UNC System.

Faculty and staff are expected to face a similar requirement.

"Chancellors have full authority to implement these measures as best meets the unique circumstances and conditions of their campuses. It is only fair that we ask our employees to abide by the same safety protocols we’ve already put in place for our students," Houston said.

The UNC System comprises 17 campuses across the state, from Western Carolina to Elizabeth City State University.

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