(CBS DETROIT) – Oakland University is requiring all students living on campus to get the covid vaccine.

This makes them the first public university in Michigan to issue such a mandate.

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The goal, according to Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, is for every member of the OU community to receive a vaccination before the end of the spring semester, and to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are completely immunized before the start of the fall semester.

“We are fortunate that Oakland is receiving these vaccines at a time when Michigan is experiencing a dramatic increase in both the number of COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 variants,” she said. “The most effective way to prevent infection and transmission of this virus is vaccination. I expect everyone will do their part and get vaccinated.”

Students will be required to show proof of vaccination before moving in on August 27. Exceptions will be made for students who seek a religious or medical exemption.

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This requirement means students living in any of Oakland’s six residence halls, Ann V. Nicholson Apartments, George T. Matthews Courts Apartments, or Greek cottages, must be fully vaccinated before check-in. Further, the verification of vaccination status must be submitted prior to moving in.

“By immunizing our entire community, we can return to pre-pandemic normalcy,” said Pescovitz. “Along with wearing a mask and social distancing, vaccinations are key for us to repopulate campus, and re-introduce the many special features that make up the OU experience.”

University officials say they’ll also have 5,200 doses of all three available vaccines for any student needing a shot.

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