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Mandatory Testing Begins Next Week at Augustana College

Dean of Students Wes Brooks says the deadline to report vaccination status was Friday afternoon, and email notices will be sent over the weekend when to report to the campus clinic for a test.

"Reporting your vaccination status is mandatory while getting vaccinated is a personal choice. So please know that failure to participate in this required testing program will result in disciplinary action being taken."

Final decisions have not been made yet, but Brooks says disciplinary action could include warnings, fines, exclusion from campus activities, and even being "removed from campus."

Because of the latest surge in infections, the state of Illinois is requiring everyone in education, k-12 and colleges, students and staff, to be vaccinated or be tested each week.

As of midday Friday, 176 Augustana students reported they had been vaccinated but had not yet shown their vaccination card to college officials. Another 150 say they do not plan to get vaccinated.

Brooks says Augustana's goal is to continue to serve as a model for how a college can co-exist with COVID-19.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.