July 22, 2021
As many of my loyal readers know, I am a part-time student at Boston University while I continue to practice law, albeit on a less-than-full-time basis. Last semester, all classes were on-line. It was, admittedly, very convenient to take classes while sitting in my living room, but my course of study is one that doesn’t work particularly well in a remote setting. So you can imagine how delighted I was when I learned that BU was reverting to exclusively in-person classes in the fall, and that the university was requiring that all students be vaccinated against COVID.
Earlier this week, BU announced that it is also going to require that all faculty and staff — slightly more than 70% of whom are currently vaccinated — be vaccinated before classes begin in September. While this would seem to be a n0-brainer, at least one faculty member, Ari Trachtenberg, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, calls the mandate “an abrogation of our high moral ground to financial and phobic interests.”
No word on how many degrees Prof. Trachtenberg holds in public health, immunology or infectious disease.
As of last week, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, 578 colleges and universities are requiring students, or students and faculty, to be vaccinated, up from 430 just six weeks earlier. Many schools near BU — including Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Emerson, Harvard, MIT, Brandeis and Brown — are requiring vaccines for both students and staff. Northeastern, meanwhile, is requiring it only of students.