Logan Hollar Rutgers unvaccinated student barred from attending virtual classes as NJ school re-inforces COVID-19 vaccine policy.
The ban follows Rutgers making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all students back in March.
Nevertheless, Hollar says he was locked out of his Rutgers email and related accounts when he went to pay his tuition late last month — and was told that he needed to be vaccinated even though he has no plans to attend in person.
Hollar has now been forced to miss classes that started Sept. 1 — and has been warned it could be weeks before a decision is reached on his application for an exemption to the vaccine mandate, he said.
‘I’ll probably have to transfer to a different university,’ Hollar told NJ.com, saying he knows of at least one other student in the same position.
‘I find it concerning for the vaccine to be pushed by the university rather than my doctor,’ the student said.
‘If someone wants to be vaccinated, that’s fine with me, but I don’t think they should be pushed,’ Hollar insisted, saying that he doesn’t find COVID to be scary, ‘because he is healthy’ and ‘not in an at-risk age group.’
This despite countless incidents of healthy individuals with no prior conditions suddenly succumbing to the coronavirus and losing their lives.
‘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,’ the 22 year old insisted.
Hollar’s step-father, Keith Williams — who has been vaccinated — told the outlet he is ‘dumbfounded’ at Rutgers’ stance.
‘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 told NJ.com.
‘He chose to remove himself from an on-campus experience so he would not need to be vaccinated,’ Williams said.
Adding, ‘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.’
Rutgers’ spokeswoman Dory Devlin insisted that the university has ‘provided comprehensive information and direction to students to meet vaccine requirements through several communications channels.’
She noted that Rutgers’ policy differentiates between a ‘fully online degree-granting program’ and ‘classes that are fully remote’ but part of a course where other students are on campus, as in Hollar’s case.
Devlin said staff ‘continue to work’ helping students apply for waiver requests for medical or religious reasons — while conceding they ‘should expect a two-to four-week turnaround, during which time they will not have access to university systems.’
‘Once it is processed and verified, students are allowed access to university systems,’ the school rep said.