EMU Theatre 2021–2022 Season Update and Vaccine Requirements
It has been a while, and we have missed you all! EMU Theatre is thrilled to announce that our 2021-2022 season is returning to live performance! As we move forward, we ask that you forgive any inconvenience while we navigate creating theatre in the world of COVID. As per university mandate, masks will be required for all who attend EMU Theatre productions. Additionally, social distance protocols will be in place; thus, house capacity will be limited. As updated information is received, it will be shared here and on our social media. Our current season can be found here.
Vaccination requirements for students participating in EMU Theatre:
All students participating in EMU Theatre productions and activities courses must be vaccinated against COVID-19. This policy includes student volunteers, student employees, and student interns working with the course or program.
Fortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free. Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to spread and evolve, and the nature of the activities identified above create a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. This policy is designed to reflect these important distinctions and help ensure a safe and successful year for students participating in EMU Theatre productions and activities courses.
Students covered by this policy must receive their final COVID-19 vaccination shot and verify their vaccination status through the University’s COVID Vax Certification system no later than Thursday, September 30, 2021. A final COVID-19 vaccination shot means the second shot in a two-shot vaccination series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or the first shot in a one-shot vaccination series (e.g., Johnson & Johnson)
Opportunities to receive a Covid vaccine:
There are many opportunities available to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including pop-up clinics that the University plans to schedule throughout September. You may learn more here about where to obtain a free COVID-19 vaccine.
Participate in the EMU "Get the Vax to Win" program:
Students and employees who receive the COVID-19 vaccination through this policy and verify their vaccination status by the applicable deadlines will be entered into drawings for various prizes including a $500 payment (for employees) and, for students, a free semester of on-campus housing and a $5,000 credit on a student account. You may learn more about EMU’s “Get the Vax to Win” program here.
Requests for medical or religious accommodation:
Students who are covered by this policy and wish to request accommodation from vaccination due to medical reasons or a sincerely-held religious belief may do so here.
Students who are covered by this policy and do not comply with the vaccination policy by the deadline will be prohibited from participating in the course(s) or program(s) covered by this policy.
Background about this policy:
The University regularly evaluates guidance from local and state health agencies to assess the best tools available to promote health and wellness for our campus community. Important to this analysis is last week’s announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granting full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after applying the FDA’s “high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality.” The [course/program] was included in a mandatory vaccination program because participation in the course or program involves activities that create a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, including close contact with other individuals, maskless activity, and/or travel requirements. You can learn more here about EMU’s comprehensive and layered approach to help keep you and your fellow EMU Eagles safe.
If you have any questions or would like more information about EMU Theatre, please contact Pam Cardell at [email protected] or leave a message at 734.487.1220 and we will respond as soon as possible.