A leading university has become the first in the country to ban students from living on campus if they cannot prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, The Telegraph may reveal.
Hartpury University has warned that it will be a “mandatory requirement” for students living in dormitories to show that they have received at least one dose.
Unvaccinated sixth-grade students ages 16 and 17 have also been barred from living at Hartpury College, part of the same farm near Gloucester.
Starting in September, they will also be banned from participating in sports and social activities, as well as keeping horses at the Hartpury stables.
The move comes after the Department of Education insisted last month that “there were no plans” to require proof of vaccine status to attend conferences or stay in residences.
But in a warning letter sent to students and parents on August 16, Claire Whitworth, assistant principal at Hartpury University and College, wrote: “Our expectation is that all eligible students participate and take their immunizations as soon as they are given the opportunity. .
“The vaccine protects you, it protects others, and it will allow all of us to lead a ‘new normal life’, including the best Hartpury experience possible.
“In order to benefit from the most effective protection against COVID-19, it is a mandatory requirement that all eligible students in residential accommodation on site participate in the COVID-19 vaccination program and have both doses of the vaccine when available to them. .
“This also applies to students who wish to join / continue Hartpury sports activities outside of scheduled academic sessions, and those who wish to wear the Hartpury livery.”
Hartpury University and Hartpury College are among the nation’s leading providers of agricultural, animal, equine, sports, and veterinary nursing education. According to its website, the 360-hectare campus is home to nearly 4,000 students and “the largest equine educational facility in the world.”
The Hartpury Sports Academy has also produced England rugby stars, including Jonny May and Ellis Genge, and has worked with the GB team to develop the next generation of Olympic rowers.