NORMAL (HOI) - Illinois State University students will not be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when they return to school in August.
In a message this week to the campus community, the university said there won't be a vaccine mandate.
"While the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently mandated, Illinois State University strongly encourages all eligible members of the campus community - students, faculty, and staff - to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others."
Students taking classes on campus will have to undergo COVID-19 testing, which is provided free of charge.
Employees who haven't been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to participate in the on-campus testing program, which is also free of charge.
Anyone wishing to continue wearing face masks should feel free to do so "without judgement," the university said.
"It is appropriate for an individual who chooses to wear a face covering for personal health reasons to ask others to be respectful of this choice and to wear a face covering and/or practice social distancing in their presence,"