COVID-19

WMU drops mask requirement, adds e-badge system

An electronic badge system will keep track of who is, and is not, vaccinated on campus.

Students at Western Michigan University will no longer have to wear masks on campus beginning July 6 – as long as they’re vaccinated.

But the university will not be working on the honor system. Students, faculty, and staff will have to register their vaccination status with the Sindecuse Health Center.

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The school will also implement an electronic badge system so people can prove if they’re vaccinated or not.

WMU will continue with the daily health screening system it implemented last year. That system allows people to self-assess for COVID symptoms. All staff are required to screen themselves daily, while only unvaccinated students will have to.

“The enhanced version of the Sindecuse health survey and badging system will ease COVID-19 safety communication on campus,” reads a message on WMU’s website. “At the time of their classes, faculty may ask students to display their daily badge and supervisors may ask the same of employees and visitors to their unit.”

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