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Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles 

The following key principles--founded on the concepts of personal responsibility, respect for personal choices and trust among our campus community to do the right things to help keep everyone as safe as possible--have guided planning efforts:

  1. Vaccination is a personal choice; no one, regardless of vaccination status, will be excluded from the Belmont community for the Fall 2021 term.
  2. While unvaccinated individuals are generally not viewed as a serious threat to the health and safety of vaccinated individuals, that risk is not zero, and the unpredictable nature of virus variants require us to proceed with caution.
  3. Given that the vaccine is proven to be safe and effective, is widely available and is offered at no cost, individuals are strongly encouraged to choose vaccination both for the purposes of personal risk mitigation against COVID-19 and as a means to mitigate risk for the entire campus community.
  4. Individuals who make the personal choice to not be vaccinated assume the associated risk to themselves, are asked to recognize the risk they place on others if they become infected, and are asked to exhibit responsible behaviors that respect the health and safety of those around them.
  5. Knowing that not everyone on campus will be vaccinated, individuals who make the personal choice to be vaccinated are encouraged to take additional measures of mitigation, such as wearing masks and maintaining distance, as they deem appropriate.
  6. Individuals who are unable to get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons may seek accommodations, and every effort will be made to grant accommodations