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Michigan Tech offering ways to prove vaccination status

Michigan Tech employees will need to be vaccinated by the start of spring semester, a little over two months away. The university is working on making several options available to provide proof of vaccination status, including online and in person.

Associate Vice President of Communications Ian Repp says the mandate is tied to federal funding the school receives, mostly through research grants.

We have an investment in research and we have a number of government contracts that are associated with that, that apply to that mandate.

Employees can submit proof online through the flex portal in a confidential way. Human resources staff will be holding five sessions at the Rozsa Center, beginning this Friday, to process vaccination status in person, and it can also be done anytime at the Human Resources Office in the Lakeshore Center.

Students are not part of the requirement, except in select scenarios.

A graduate student that’s working on one of those contracts, or any student employee on campus, this mandate would apply to them. But it’s not every student on campus.

Religious and other exceptions can be applied for and will be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. Michigan Tech recommends vaccines for all students.

COVID-19 has risen on campus in line with what has been seen throughout the rest of the county. As of last Friday, Tech reported 87 cases over two weeks. MTU has about 7,000 students, or roughly 1/5th of the population of Houghton County. The Western UP Health Department reported over 200 cases for the seven-day period ending October 27th.

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