President Schatzel sent a message to the TU community Friday as the USM announced additional guidelines around the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dear Towson University community,
Today, the University System of Maryland announced plans requiring that all eligible students, faculty and staff who will be on our campuses this fall be vaccinated against COVID-19.
As Chancellor Jay A. Perman said in a meeting this morning before the Board of Regents and USM presidents: “This is what we want. We want students to have these bonding opportunities. We want them to have a college experience that breeds a sense of belonging.” I invite you to read the entirety of his remarks here.
With this important action, we are one giant step closer to the full campus experience we all long for this fall. This requirement will apply to those students, faculty and staff regularly on campus—including those teaching a class or taking a class on campus—prior to the start of the fall semester.
We’ve shared opportunities with our students, faculty and staff to get the vaccine through our partnerships across the state. We will share additional details soon about the intake process for proof of vaccination. But: If you have not been vaccinated or scheduled a vaccination appointment, I urge you to register today for an appointment with the Baltimore County Health Department or your local health department today.
The requirement of the vaccine for our students, faculty and staff is yet another layer of protection against the introduction and/or spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to be leaders for the public good. We have an opportunity to show how Tigers Care.
On behalf of our community, I thank Chancellor Perman, the Board of Regents and all of our state partners for their support in this effort. And I know that you all join me in looking forward to the return to a full, vibrant campus experience for our students, faculty and staff this fall.
Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.