Following USM mandate, TU students, faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves to help show that Tigers Care
More than 90 percent of the Towson University campus community is vaccinated as of Monday’s university-imposed deadline to submit verification.
Monday marked the deadline for students, faculty and staff to verify their vaccination status at Towson.edu/vaxverify. Those who don’t have their status verified or an approved exemption are subject to full-time mask-wearing, daily symptom monitoring and twice-weekly COVID-19 testing. TU has established progressive disciplinary action for non-compliance following the University System of Maryland’s mandate that all on campuses this fall must be vaccinated and in advance of a return to full on-campus learning, working and living this fall.
As of Monday, 93.4 percent of TU’s campus community is compliant with the USM mandate. More than 98.1 percent of TU faculty and staff and more than 92.7 percent of registered TU students are compliant. That compares to a vaccination percentage of 72.9 in Baltimore County and 78.5 across Maryland.
“We appreciate all of those who have rolled up their sleeves to show that Tigers care in the midst of the pandemic, and we are proud to be among the highest percentage nationwide for vaccination rates on public university campuses,” said Melanie Perreault, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs, who serves as the chair for TU’s COVID Response Leadership Team. “We anticipate that the number of individuals with verified vaccination information will grow following the review of the thousands of verification documents submitted as the deadline approached.”
TU’s data is as of Monday, with hundreds of additional vaccination verification submissions pending review as they were submitted in the hours prior to the midnight deadline.
Until fully vaccinated, students, faculty, and staff who are partially vaccinated must wear masks indoors, complete daily Tigers Care QuickScan screenings and participate in twice-weekly sentinel testing on campus as directed. Students will be required to complete a return test before the semester.
Students, faculty, and staff should not attempt to verify vaccination status until a final dose is administered. Once verified at towson.edu/vaxverify members of the campus community will meet the vaccine requirement and will be able to cease daily screenings, testing and mask wearing (where not otherwise required).
TU currently has a zero percent positivity rate for tested individuals, as well.
“Throughout the pandemic our community response has been imperative to our campus health and safety," TU President Kim Schatzel says. "I thank all Tigers for doing their part and rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated.”
For more information on TU’s response to COVID-19, visit Towson.edu/coronavirus