LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This fall, when Indiana University students return to campus, they will have to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The school announced the new requirement on Friday.

"Beginning with the fall 2021 semester, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all Indiana University students, faculty and staff," a news release states. "This new requirement will allow the university to lift most restrictions on masking and physical distancing this fall. Knowing that the vast majority of our IU community is vaccinated is the only way the university can confidently return to in-person classes, more in-person events and a more typical university experience for our students, faculty and staff."

The university is urging all students to get vaccinated by July 1. 

"You must report your vaccination status and be fully vaccinated by August 15 or when you return to campus after August 1, whichever is earlier," the news release states.

The school defines "fully vaccinated" as being two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks past the date of a one-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The university says those who arrive on campus not fully vaccinated will need to get their vaccine upon arrival. Until they are fully vaccinated, they will have to participate in mitigation testing and wear a mask.

For students and staff who do not choose to comply, the university says there are strong consequences.

According to the university's website, students who choose not to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will have their class registration cancelled, CrimsonCard access terminated, access to IU systems (Canvas, email, etc.) terminated, and will not be allowed to participate in any on campus activity.

Faculty and staff who choose not to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will no longer be able to be employed by Indiana University. Working remotely to avoid meeting the COVID-19 vaccine requirement is not an option.

Once fully vaccinated, students, faculty and staff will need to update their vaccination status using IU’s COVID-19 vaccine self report form. The process will require you to know the dates of your dose(s) and upload a picture of your verified vaccine card (CDC card). 

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