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April 26: Student COVID-19 Vaccinations for Fall 2021

Dear DePauw Students and Families,

As we plan to welcome back all members of our community to our campus this fall we are continuing our strategies to keep our community as safe as possible. The increased availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has already enabled us to protect the health of our students (more than two-thirds of our students to date have been vaccinated) and community, allowing us to expand our campus activities, and plan for two in-person commencement celebrations this May and June.

Global and national health experts have confirmed that we must remain vigilant around COVID-19 public health measures.  Now that it is clear that a COVID-19 vaccination will be more accessible to members of our community prior to or at the start of Fall Term, we join many universities around the country in requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all students planning to attend this fall.  We already require other vaccinations for safeguarding individual student and community health. Medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated for all required vaccinations.

We are all eager for the expansion of in-person learning, social events and activities, personal engagement with university student support offices,  enhanced recreational options and athletics events, and in-person collaboration between faculty, staff, and students. Widespread vaccination will facilitate a return to this more robust, vibrant, and personalized DePauw.

Please visit these Q&As for detailed information about the vaccination requirements. 

We appreciate your continued commitment to the health and safety of our DePauw and Greencastle communities and we look forward with great excitement to welcoming those of you who will join us this fall.


Dr. Lori S. White

Dr. Dave Berque
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Computer Science