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DePaul University Welcoming Students Back For Fall Semester, But Only If They’re Vaccinated

This fall will also mark a full year since the university transitioned to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DePaul University's campus in Lincoln Park.
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LINCOLN PARK — DePaul University is requiring its students to be vaccinated against coronavirus to return to campus in the fall.

The university announced Wednesday that all undergraduate, graduate and professional students in its degree programs who intend to be on campus for any period of time in the fall need to be vaccinated.

A. Gabriel Esteban, president of the university, said in an emailed statement that “safety, mutual care and social responsibility” drove DePaul’s decision to require vaccines of its students.

“While the pandemic has kept many of us apart in the last year, I am greatly anticipating [students’] return to campus in the fall,” Esteban said. “Keeping our community safe requires a collective effort.”

DePaul erred on the sign of caution throughout its most recent school year, only holding a limited number of in-person classes and restricting dorm access to students who needed it, like athletes, international transfer students and those in work-study programs.

This fall when students return will mark a full year since the university transitioned to online learning.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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