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Live Coronavirus Updates

Tracking the impact of the pandemic on higher education

As the Omicron variant spreads, Covid-19 cases are on the rise. The Chronicle is tracking developments across higher ed here. Read on for live updates and information.

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Colleges Are Starting to Require Covid-19 Booster Shots

Syracuse and Wesleyan Universities and Smith College are among the first to make the booster vaccinations mandatory.

Universities Flip-Flop on Mask and Vaccine Mandates as New Covid Variant Raises Concerns

In Kansas and Tennessee, legal challenges to vaccine and mask requirements have prompted colleges to change their policies.

Undergraduate Enrollment Has Continued Its Decline

New data released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show a continued downward slide in undergraduate enrollment.

As Vaccination Deadline Nears, at Least 2 Dozen Colleges Have Yet to Respond to Biden’s Order

Wednesday is the last day employees can receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine and be considered fully vaccinated in time for the December 8 deadline.

Employee Vaccination Is Now Required at U. of Virginia and U. of Tennessee

The flagship universities said on Thursday that they had imposed the Covid-19 mandates to comply with President Biden’s order that all federal contractors be fully vaccinated by December 8.

Disability-Services Offices Sound the Alarm on Long Covid Among College Students

Students with long-term symptoms of Covid-19 may require help, but their needs vary widely, a new report says.

Arizona’s Largest Public Universities Will Require Covid-19 Vaccinations for Employees

Despite a state ban on “vaccine passports,” the three universities say their workers must be vaccinated to comply with President Biden’s order for government contractors.

Education and Justice Departments Warn of Covid’s ‘Profound Toll’ on Student Mental Health

In a letter to educators on Wednesday, the departments implored colleges and schools to be especially attentive to students who are showing signs of self-harm or suicide.

Penn State and Delaware Will Require Covid Vaccines for Staff Under Biden Rule. Could More Be Next?

The decisions mark the first known mandates set by public colleges in response to President Biden’s order last month.

2 Colleges With Vaccination Mandates Move to Online Instruction

One institution cited a Covid outbreak and the other a “precautionary strategy.”
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