Vaccine mandates for MTU employees

Tucker Nielsen, Lode Writer

Starting Jan. 10, 2022, all Michigan Tech employees (including all student employees) will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or file an exemption form for medical or religious reasons. On Sept. 24, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued new health requirements for universities receiving federal contracts. Michigan Tech is one of these government-funded institutions. 

As of Nov. 4, no mandates have been issued for students who are not Michigan Tech employees. The university plans to continue enforcing facial masks indoors (except for the SDC and the Gates Tennis Center, where they remain only recommended). MTU encourages students to get vaccinated. 

Proof of vaccination can be submitted through the MTU Flex Portal in a secure and confidential process. The website only allows one upload per person. After the data is submitted, it will be reviewed. People will receive confirmation emails on whether the proof was accepted or not. Those with medical or religious exceptions can find exemption forms on the MTU Flex Portal as well.

To submit in person, individuals should bring documentation to the Rozsa Lobby ticket window on these dates: Friday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, 8 – 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3 – 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, 12-2 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 18, 9 – 11 a.m.. People can also register proof at the Human Resources Office on the second floor of the Lakeshore Center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. For both locations, it’s recommended to bring both the original vaccination card and ID.