CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says they will dis-enroll students from classes if refuse to sign a pledge acknowledging COVID-19 community standards.
Earlier this week we gave some perspective on emerging ‘vaccine ID cards’ and what that could mean in practice, but the COVID pledge (or else) issue takes it one step further into ominous territory.
“[…] Students preparing for classes to begin on Aug. 10 have been told — as a condition of attending fall semester classes — to sign a pledge that they will abide by the public health guidelines and the University’s COVID-19 Community Standards and University Guidelines.
The requirement applies to all, regardless of whether they plan to attend classes in person or remotely.
“Although the risk of COVID-19 cannot be eliminated from campus, our collective commitment to consistently embracing and practicing these Community Standards and University Guidelines is how we can work together to help promote a safe and healthy campus for everyone,” Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz wrote in a message to students Thursday.
Students are asked to read and understand guidelines on wearing masks, maintaining physical distance from one another and self-monitoring their health. […]”
Demonstrating the inanity of it all, the oath of COVID obedience is require of even those students that are only doing remote online classes. Gotta be consistent when demanding compliance.
Now, it’s not like this younger, woker, compliant cohort puts up much of a fuss over sighing the pledge. Since the pledge came about last summer more than 27,000 students have signed it, and under 300 have not.
Still, now the 265 students that, for whatever reason, have not signed the pledge are going to be dis-enrolled from classes. Why? Essentially, because their lack of demonstrated fealty to the Pandemic Panic makes them a danger to the student population.
This doesn’t happen in a vacuum, either; it comes on the heels of one of the most unusual and challenging period for students since probably World War II or longer. A period where taxpayer funded schools, with taxpayer salaried school administrators are keeping their doors closed to students when all the science says its the wrong policy.
Beyond the education disruptions, though, are these continued cultural currents flowing toward collective adherence to, and pledges of compliance with a particular dogma, whether it be BLM or COVID.