A New Jersey student has said he is barred from taking classes at Rutgers University because he has not been vaccinated — even though he is only studying virtually from home.
Logan Hollar, 22, told NJ.com that he largely ignored the school’s COVID mandate “because all my classes were remote” from his Sandyston home, some 70 miles from Rutgers’ campus in New Brunswick.
But he was locked out of his Rutgers email and related accounts when he went to pay his tuition at the end of last month — and was told that he needed to be vaccinated even though he has no plans to attend in person.
Hollar has now been forced to miss classes that started Sept. 1 — and has been warned it could be weeks before a decision is reached on his application for an exemption to the vaccine mandate, he said.
Logan Hollar has applied to be exempted from Rutgers’ vaccine mandate because he is studying from home.
“I’ll probably have to transfer to a different university,” Hollar told NJ.com, saying he knows of at least one other student in the same position.
“I find it concerning for the vaccine to be pushed by the university rather than my doctor,” he told the outlet.
“If someone wants to be vaccinated, that’s fine with me, but I don’t think they should be pushed,” he insisted, saying he doesn’t “find COVID to be scary” because he is healthy and “not in an at-risk age group.”
“I don’t care if I have access to campus. I don’t need to be there. They could ban me. I just want to be left alone,” he said.
Hollar’s stepfather, Keith Williams — who has been vaccinated — told the outlet he is “dumbfounded” at Rutgers’ stance.
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