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  • Under the executive action taken Tuesday, college students cannot be mandated to take the COVID-19 vaccine or submit COVID-19 vaccination documentations.
  • The order also prohibits mandated COVID-19 testing and mask-wearing for students for in-person learning.
  • ASU’s policy would require unvaccinated students to submit to a daily health check, get tested for COVID-19 twice a week and wear a mask in both indoor and outdoor spaces on campus.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has issued an executive order prohibiting public colleges and universities in the state from requiring unvaccinated students to be routinely tested for COVID-19 or wear masks. 

Under the executive action taken Tuesday, college students cannot be mandated to take the COVID-19 vaccine or submit COVID-19 vaccination documentations. Students also cannot be mandated to be tested or wear masks to participate in in-person learning. 

The move comes after the state’s largest public university, Arizona State University (ASU), outlined its policy for students returning to campus this fall. While ASU does not require college students to get vaccinated before returning to campuses, officials said they “expected” students to do so two weeks before classes begin.

ASU officials said students should also upload proof of vaccination. The policy would also require unvaccinated students to submit to a daily health check, get tested for COVID-19 twice a week and wear a mask in both indoor and outdoor spaces on campus. 

Ducey on Monday called it “bad policy, with no basis in public health.” 


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“The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it. But it is a choice and we need to keep it that way,” Ducey said in a statement Tuesday.

“Public education is a public right, and taxpayers are paying for it. We need to make our public universities available for students to return to learning. They have already missed out on too much learning. From K-12 to higher education, Arizona is supporting in-person learning,” he added. 


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Published on Jun 15, 2021