With 443 college campuses requiring students to get the Covid-19 vaccine, LSU could become one of the next universities to join.
The LSU Faculty Council met on Tuesday, May 25 where 90% of faculty voted in favor of mandating vaccines in order to return to campus this fall.
Faculty senator Meredith Veldman explained the council's agreement on the difficulties of the previous year.
"We're all very aware that last year was extremely hard on students," Veldman said. "None of us ever had so many students dropping out, having difficulties or dealing with depression. It was also really hard on faculty."
The resolution that was proposed at the meeting consisted of many different reasons why mandatory vaccinations could be necessary for LSU to be fully operational.
The resolution stated that only 19.4 % of college aged Louisianians have been vaccinated.
A lower percentage could be detrimental to slowing the spread of Covid-19 on campus.
Alternatives have been listed in the case of mandatory vaccinations not being considered legally possible.
These alternatives do include incentives such as: free parking, being exempted from the campus mask mandate or receiving housing rebates.
Whether or not the route taken is mandatory vaccines or alternative ideas, the council wants campus to be able to operate regularly in the fall.
Veldman explains, "The main thing was we all want campus life to go back to the way things use to be."
Despite an unanimous decision amongst faculty, what remains a concern is potential student response to being hesitant to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
Veldman explicitly states that the risks are too high with other emerging variants for students not to be vaccinated.
" We don't have the time," Veldman states. " The risks of allowing vaccine resistant variant to emerge is very real. You have to do a cost-benefit analysis and weigh the risk."
While many different solutions can be taken, Veldman believes there is no better solution than taking the vaccine.
"The easiest and cheapest way for that to happen is for us all to be vaccinated," Veldman says.
With a unanimous agreement, the council now waits for the approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors.