AS DELTA VARIANT RAGES, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY LEVIES STIFF FINES FOR UNVACCINATED STUDENTS
So back to school is always the major marketing scheme in the month of August. Everything is on “sale,” from pencil erasers to the fanciest dorm room technology. But this year, the second of the Covid pandemic, we’re having a slightly different experience. Sure, a lot of kids are going back to school, or starting at last. But the biggest sale of all this year is totally free, and that’s the Covid vaccine. Yet for some reason, a lot of folks simply refuse to get it. And that poses some problems for schools that require it. And Quinnipiac University is taking a strong stand, with a plan to levy fines and even turn off refusers’ wireless access.
WITH 16% OF STUDENTS WITH NO PROOF OF VACCINATION, QUINNIPIAC HAD TO TAKE ACTION
So why would anyone refuse the vaccine? Well, some think it kills fertility. Others think there are microchips in it associated with 5G networks. Others think it’s fake, or simply not safe. It’s hard to know what to think. But yes, I got my shots, regardless. While I’m a lifetime away from being college age, I’d like to think I wouldn’t hesitate at this point to get it, even just to go to college. But with the Delta variant raging worldwide, infecting more people than ever, Quinnipiac University decided to encourage the “hesitant” with some stiff rules. Of their 10,000 students, over 600 still haven’t offered proof of vaccination. That’s, well, a lot.
FOR THOSE WILLING TO PAY FINES, QUINNIPIAC WILL SHUT OFF ALL WIRELESS ACCESS AS WELL
So for any students who haven’t gotten stuck, the school will levy a fine of $100 a week for the first two weeks of the semester. It then jumps another 25 dollars every two weeks all the way to $200 per. So for any students who refuse to for the entire semester, the price tag comes to $2,275. But Quinnipiac University knows that a lot of people are willing to pay that. So they added a nice, simply subtle extra penalty: no campus wireless or intranet access. And kids today gotta stay wired, and they need that access just to do their school work! Imagine, having to walk across campus to the library in person!