Regents notify 6 state universities about complying with vaccine mandate

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) — The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) confirms that it has notified the six state universities that they must comply with President Joe Biden’s executive vaccine order. The president’s order mandates that covered federal contractors implement specific COVID safety protocols and procedures. 

A spokesperson for the KBOR said three state universities — Wichita State, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas — have determined that they have federal contracts that are critical to their missions. KBOR said because of these contracts, the federal vaccine mandate applies to employees of those universities.

Those three universities have confirmed to KSN that they will require employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8.

K-State Provost Charles Taber notified employees Friday morning during a virtual town hall meeting.

A slide shown during the town hall said: “It has been determined that this executive order applies to Kansas research universities and their employees.”

A slide from K-State’s virtual town hall, which lays out the new requirement for employees. (Courtesy Photo/Kansas State University)

K-State’s decision takes the federal vaccine mandate from President Joe Biden a step further, since the federal rules announced in September still allow workers at large employers to opt into showing negative COVID-19 tests weekly.

Taber’s presentation in the town hall indicates that because Biden also made an executive order requiring the vaccine for federal employees and contractors, that requirement with no testing option also included K-State.

“It has been determined that this executive order applies to Kansas research universities and their employees… regardless if they work on federal contracts,” a slide in the presentation reads. “There is no test-out option.”

Watch the virtual town hall where K-State made the announcement below:

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