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Colleges prepare for fall semester with varying vaccine requirements

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- On Monday, a federal judge ruled in favor of Indiana University's vaccine mandate for all students, staff, and faculty, potentially setting a precedent for other public colleges and universities.

The SUNY system has said that they will not require students to be vaccinated until the vaccine receives full FDA approval; not the emergency use authorization that it currently has.

However, Binghamton University has its own set of guidelines, which includes that all students living in on-campus housing must be vaccinated before moving in.

Ithaca College and Cornell University are two area private schools that are requiring all students to be vaccinated.

Ithaca College provided 12 News with the following statement on their mandate:

"We continue to require students to be fully vaccinated in order to live on campus and/or take classes this fall. We have sent out regular reminders via email about the importance of being vaccinated and the process for submitting proof of vaccinated to the college in order to meet our requirements so there is no disruption to their ability to move onto campus and/or begin classes in August. We have also let them know that they can apply for an exemption, but that exemption requests go through a rigorous evaluation process."

Statement from Ithaca College on vaccination mandate for all students

Cornell University did not provide 12 News with a comment on their mandate.

The California State University and University of Connecticut systems are both waiting on pending decisions by federal judges in similar cases as they try to enforce a vaccine mandate for all students.

Kienan Dixon

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