A New Jersey man named Logan Hollar is claiming that he has been barred from taking virtual classes and studying remotely at home as a student of Rutgers University because he is unvaccinated.
Hollar had basically ignored the COVID vaccination mandate at the university because he logs into his classes at home in Sandyston, 70 miles from the campus in New Brunswick. He is a senior majoring in psychology.
After not providing proof of vaccination, he found out he was locked out of his university email and other accounts when he attempted to pay his tuition. Hollar was informed by the university that he has to be vaccinated even if he won’t be attending classes in person. He has missed the beginning of the semester and the school warned him it could take weeks before a ruling is made about his exemption.
“Days later, I called back since I hadn’t received anything. They told me that unfortunately, they had decided that they would not grant waivers for anyone who had put in for them past Aug. 23, even though I was told that I could get one with no problem on the 27th,” Hollar reported.
— njdotcom (@njdotcom) September 6, 2021
“I’ll probably have to transfer to a different university,” he told NJ.com in an interview. Hollar says he knows of at least one other student who is going through the same hassle.
“I find it concerning for the vaccine to be pushed by the university rather than my doctor,” he stated.
“If someone wants to be vaccinated, that’s fine with me, but I don’t think they should be pushed,” the student asserted. He also contends that he doesn’t find COVID “scary” because he is healthy and “not in an at-risk age group.”
“I don’t care if I have access to campus. I don’t need to be there. They could ban me. I just want to be left alone,” he remarked.
His stepfather, Keith Williams, is simply “dumbfounded” over Rutgers’ forcing his son to get vaccinated if he wants to attend virtual classes. He has been vaccinated and feels it’s a matter of personal choice.
“I believe in science, I believe in vaccines, but I am highly confident that COVID-19 and variants do not travel through computer monitors by taking online classes,” Williams declared.
“He chose to remove himself from an on-campus experience so he would not need to be vaccinated,” he continued. “Now to be removed and shut down from his Rutgers email and online classes during the start of his senior year seems a bit crazy.”
The university is not budging concerning its crackdown on students who are not vaccinated. Spokeswoman Dory Devlin made it clear that the university has “provided comprehensive information and direction to students to meet vaccine requirements through several communications channels.”
She attempted to parse the issue by differentiating between a “fully online degree-granting program” and “classes that are fully remote” but part of a course where other students are on campus. She said that Hollar’s class fell into the second category.
Devlin flatly stated that students seeking an exemption “should expect a two-to four-week turnaround, during which time they will not have access to university systems.” Which effectively forces Hollar to sit out at least one semester because of the timing.
“Once it is processed and verified, students are allowed access to university systems,” she glibly said.
Social media had a field day with this one:
I can understand if He was going on campus. How does virtual learning get anyone affected? I am doing an asynchronous class right now because I refused to get the vaccine at this point and my school policy totally allows me to continue,on campus I have to get vaccinated.
— Dat Nurse Nicole (@ithz_nickyzee) September 6, 2021
If that’s the case, he can get a swab if he needs to go on campus. Other schools are doing that. This goes to show that it’s not our choice.
— Dat Nurse Nicole (@ithz_nickyzee) September 6, 2021
I don’t think it’s a computer virus
— Laymans’s Perspective (@LaymansP) September 6, 2021
Yes, but article doesn’t explain how virus can actually be transmitted over the internet.
Why don’t you talk about that??
— Luca DiBow (@DibowLuca) September 6, 2021
You smell that lawsuit?
— Aimee Ruscher (@AimeeRuscher) September 7, 2021
Wow insane. Their employees don’t have to get it though !! My friend’s husband works there and is t even remote anymore and was able to opt out and just get weekly tests instead !
— knanieshoe (@knanieshoe) September 7, 2021
The virus is probably spreading online 😏 it’s what we learned in good US University’s 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— cengiz özer (@cengizz83002205) September 7, 2021
No one should be forced to take any vaccine goes against human rights
— Meg Girovasi (@Punk3612) September 6, 2021
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