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Letter: Vax requirement at BYU events a disappointment

By Staff | Jan 28, 2022

STK- letter to the editor

Shame on BYU for implementing a proof of COVID-19 vaccination policy to attend public events on campus.

This policy gives preference to the vaccinated, allowing them to attend large, indoor public events on campus without restriction, while imposing arduous rules on the unvaccinated to provide evidence of non-infection to participate in these same events. But why? Our understanding has changed these past 2 months. Omicron has shown the world that COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent infection or the spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated are vulnerable. So why treat participants at these events differently based on their vaccination status?

Shame on BYU for blindly following ineffective and divisive policies established by others. Shame on BYU for reinforcing elitism, discrimination, and mob morality.

Shame on BYU for employing policies that pressure students into acting against their convictions.

Is this policy truly aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, or is this just another tactic to raise vaccination rates? Why is BYU targeting only a portion of the attendees, and not the entire community? If this policy were truly aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19, why aren’t all participants required to show proof of non-infection to participate? How can this policy be effective when implemented incompletely? Just because other organizations, institutions, and governments have established a precedent for such policies, does that make it right for BYU to follow suit?

Shame on BYU for participating in the alienation culture that is tearing our country and world apart.

Shame on BYU for propagating division under the guise of fulfilling the university mission. Shame on BYU for not thinking independently and showing courage to do what is right.

I hope BYU reconsiders and rescinds this policy. I hope they recognize the need to show empathy for all. I hope they demonstrate the leadership they seek to develop in their students. I hope they seek to unite our society, rather than divide it.

BYU is better than this.

Erik Hunsaker, BYU Class of 1991, Colfax, Washington


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