As American University plans for a return to in-person operations this fall, the university today announced that AU will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all faculty and staff with a campus presence this upcoming school year. This follows AU’s previous announcement requiring a COVID-19 vaccine for all students who will reside on campus or come to campus for any reason this fall.
In a message to the community, President Sylvia M. Burwell said that vaccines are critical to the health of both the AU and Washington, D.C. communities. “By achieving widespread vaccination within our AU community,” said Burwell, “we will support the return to in-person classes, residential experiences, and other campus and community activities in the fall.” Burwell said the policy also gives “peace of mind to our friends and family, colleagues, and the broader D.C. community we are proud to call home.”
Faculty and staff are asked to complete a vaccine attestation form by July 30. They may request a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement. According to a recent staff survey, 73 percent of respondents said they are already vaccinated and another 19 percent plan to get a vaccine.
With COVID-19 safety precautions in place, and the vaccine requirement, AU looks forward to a robust and energizing fall semester.