I am a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I am scheduled to graduate next semester, but the university administration will not allow me to do so unless I provide personal information that has no relevance to my academic performance. I have made the conscious decision to disobey, and I fully accept the consequences. I am not alone.

According to data released by the university on Nov. 2, approximately 6.88% of University of Minnesota students systemwide have yet to respond to a survey inquiring about their vaccination status. As the current rule stands, none of these 4,206 students will be able to register for classes unless they comply with the mandate.

I feel it is immoral and unethical for the university to hold these students’ education hostage unless they provide personal information that has absolutely no bearing upon who they are as students — and thus should have no bearing on their status as students. To consider it a “registration requirement,” like an ACT or SAT score or a GPA, is absurd. This information doesn’t measure a student’s academic preparedness.

This policy is a blatant abuse of power, and we students need to make it known that we will not be subjugated by the university. This is our university; we pay for it through tuition, and we will pay for it through our taxes for the rest of our lives.

I ask all UMD students to stop and consider the ethical nature of this policy. If you agree it is immoral, I encourage you to redact your response to the survey. I can guarantee you that if we stand together, we can change this unethical policy and give all students the ability to continue their education.

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Lucius LaFromboise

Duluth




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