ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University will start the 2021-22 school year with remote learning, NewsWatch 12 confirmed with a university spokesperson on Friday.
The four-year university will have only remote classes until October 12, or the first three weeks of fall classes. The adjustment comes as southern Oregon endures a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that has grabbed national headlines.
SOU previously implemented a vaccination requirement for students and staff, which is now the standard for public universities across the state.
Administrators have asked that everyone planning to be at the school — faculty, staff, and students — fill out attestation forms about their vaccination status. The form allows them to submit requests for vaccination exemptions for religious or medical reasons.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.