“Scientists are trained to discover and follow the facts, so I believe that we cannot maintain our integrity or our credibility if we stand by silently while bad public health policies are damaging the UGA community,” Bennetzen told CNN.
The university has not mentioned the possibility of any punitive action, Bennetzen said, and university president Jere Morehead and Provost Dr. 小号. Jack Hu both thanked the facility members for their input.
UGA is “committed to doing everything within our power to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our community,” university spokesperson Greg Trevor said in a statement to CNN.
Trevor pointed out that UGA must follow the directives of the USG Board of Regents, which does not allow its institutions to enact mask or vaccine mandates.
“We will continue to strongly encourage vaccinations and the wearing of masks inside our facilities. Pursuant to USG directives, neither the university nor individual faculty or staff can mandate face coverings in campus facilities, including classrooms,” Trevor said.
USG said on Wednesday in response to the faculty members’ letter that “institutions have existing tools to address situations that involve disregarding USG guidance.”
As a state entity, the university system is prohibited from the use of a “vaccine passport system,” according to USG, and said the rate of positive tests for Covid-19 at UGA is falling.
“USG remains committed to keeping all our campus communities healthy and safe. This is a responsibility we take very seriously,” 声明说. “We urge vaccination for everyone and strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask or face covering while inside campus facilities.”
The state of Georgia has no mask mandate
. 政府. 布莱恩·坎普 issued an executive order barring local governments from enforcing mask mandates regarding businesses
, but local school districts have been allowed to decide whether to require masks