(ATLANTA, Ga.) In the midst of returning to college campuses during the COID-19 pandemic, many college progressors, students and other workers at universities are pushing for official mask mandates on campus and in classrooms.
Specifically, the chapters of United Campus Workers (UCW) at the University of Georgia (UGA) and Georgia State University (GSU) are calling for state officials to require both vaccines and masks. The organizations recently held demonstrations to bring more attention to the issue and call on the universities to act without approval from the Board of Regents.
The demonstrations happened shortly after a few university employees resigned due to the lack of a mask and vaccine mandate. One professor at GSU was fired for refusing to teach without a mask requirement.
The university system in the state currently encourages masks and vaccines but does not require either for persons to attend classes on campus.
Students, professors, and other workers at Georgia colleges and universities are ramping up pressure on state officials to require vaccines and masks on college campuses. GSU’s chapter of the UCW held a protest outside the student center where the new university President Brian Blake was also hosting a meet and greet with students.
The university system doesn’t seem likely to require masks or vaccines. A spokesperson issued the following statement about the protests:
“The University System of Georgia and its leaders remain committed to keeping our campus communities healthy and safe. This is a responsibility we take very seriously. Just today [Monday] we announced up to $200 well-being credit for all employees who get vaccinated. We continue to work closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) as we have since the pandemic began and we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities."
Currently, GSU has no comments on the matter.
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