ARIZONA NEWS

ASU will comply with Gov. Ducey order on COVID-19 vaccine policy

Jun 15, 2021, 4:35 PM | Updated: 9:32 pm
(Arizona State University Photo)...
(Arizona State University Photo)
(Arizona State University Photo)

PHOENIX — Arizona State University President Michael Crow said Tuesday the school will comply with an executive order issued by Gov. Doug Ducey to block key elements of its COVID-19 vaccination policy.

“We’re going to move forward and do the best we can,” Crow told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show. “We’re going to convince everyone to get vaccinated. We’re going to convince everyone to get tested.”

ASU’s policy for 2021-22, released Monday, would have made COVID-19 testing and mask wearing a requirement for students on campus who weren’t vaccinated or who refused to submit documentation.

Ducey’s order says that the state’s public universities and community colleges can’t “mandate that students obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or place any conditions on attendance or participation in classes or academic activities, including but not limited to mandatory testing and mandatory mask usage, if a person chooses not to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or disclose that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The order singled out ASU and accused the school of “attempts to usurp the constitutional authority” of the governor and Legislature.

Arizona Board of Regents Chair Larry Penley released a statement Tuesday saying all state public universities — not just ASU — would follow Ducey’s order.

“Arizona’s public universities will comply with the governor’s executive order,” Penley said. “The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff remains an utmost priority for the board and we will work with the governor to ensure our universities remain open and continue to provide voluntary testing and vaccinations for campuses and members of the community as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Crow said the university would move into “hyper-education mode” to get as many students vaccinated and tested for the new semester.

Earlier Tuesday, Crow said unvaccinated students are just being asked to continue following policies from last semester when they return to campus in the fall.

“We’re going to work to convince everyone this is what they need to do,” Crow said.

Ducey’s order includes an exemption that makes medical students training in hospitals and other health care facilities subject to vaccination and testing requirements. It also allows for required testing in the case of a significant outbreak at a student housing venue if approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

“The vaccine works, and we encourage Arizonans to take it,” the Republican governor said in a press release. “But it is a choice and we need to keep it that way.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee speaks during the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on...
KTAR.com

Republican Arizona treasurer Kimberly Yee withdraws from governor’s race

Arizona treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Saturday she will be withdrawing from the Republican primary for governor.
21 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
KTAR.com

18-month-old girl in critical condition after drowning incident in Paradise Valley

An 18-month-old girl was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition after a drowning incident in Paradise Valley Saturday morning, authorities said. 
21 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police arrest wanted man involved in multistate manhunt

A man wanted for shooting a New Mexico police officer and fleeing a Colorado jail was arrested early Friday morning in Phoenix, police said.
21 hours ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
KTAR.com

Man arrested for allegedly shooting teen fast-food worker in Phoenix

A man was arrested Friday evening for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old fast-food restaurant worker in the head after an altercation in Phoenix on Thursday night, authorities said. 
21 hours ago
FILE - Martin Luther King III speaks during a rally for voting rights, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, on ...
Associated Press

MLK III: History to remember Sinema unkindly over filibuster

PHOENIX (AP) — Martin Luther King III came to Arizona with harsh words for Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose refusal to change the Senate’s Jim Crow-era filibuster rules makes voting rights legislation unlikely to pass. King told a crowd campaigning to protect voting rights that Sinema cannot simultaneously express support for the legislation while also […]
21 hours ago
(City of Glendale Photo)...
KTAR.com

New 4-acre lake at Heroes Regional Park in Glendale now open

Grab those fishing poles as the new lake at Heroes Regional Park in Glendale opened on Thursday, the city announced.
21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Canvas Annuity

Annuity basics: how to retire with a guaranteed paycheck for life

Does the thought of retirement fill you with stress or with happiness? Everyone wants to spend their retirement in a way that brings them the most joy, whether that’s traveling the world or spending extra time at home with grandkids.
...
Arizona State University

Gain insights on next year’s trends at 58th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon

Employment is recovering from the severe contraction induced by the pandemic, but it is still way below levels at the start of 2020. Can it fully recover in the coming year?
...
Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.
ASU will comply with Gov. Ducey order on COVID-19 vaccine policy