Union Calls For NAU To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine

Aug 17, 2021
Angela Gervasi

A union of university employees is calling on Northern Arizona University to implement more stringent COVID-19 prevention policies, including a vaccine mandate. The University Union of Northern Arizona — affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers — released a statement Saturday urging NAU to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, with certain medical exemptions.

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Stark differences in approaches to surging Arizona coronavirus cases continued to appear Wednesday as more medical providers and education institutions announced new measures to stop COVID-19 from spreading and Republican state lawmakers urged the governor to punish local school districts that require students to wear masks.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced a lot of people to work from home and drastically change their driving habits. A new survey from Arizona State University shows many Americans expect those changes to last after the pandemic is over. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with lead author Deborah Salon about the findings.

A recent report from Arizona State University warns the state is mining groundwater faster than it can be replaced. The report focuses on five areas around the state including Prescott and Phoenix that fall under the rules of the 1980 Groundwater Management Act. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with water expert Sarah Porter about the report’s conclusions. 

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Wednesday, June 16

Jun 16, 2021

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The National Weather Service reported a high of 94 degrees yesterday in Flagstaff, setting a new June 15 record. The previous high was 92 degrees in 1974. An Excessive Heat Warning, meanwhile, remains in effect for lower elevations in northern Arizona, set to lift Friday evening.

Ducey Bans Requirements For Unvaccinated College Students 

Courtesty of ASU PPE Response Network

Students at Arizona State University have created a network of three hundred 3D printers, to meet ongoing demands for personal protective equipment or PPE. The project’s organizers say since the pandemic began they’ve filled more than fifteen thousand orders for gowns, masks, and other equipment needed by healthcare workers. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke about the project with Mark Naufel, the director of ASU’s Luminosity Lab, which brings students together from different departments to solve real-world problems.

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The coronavirus pandemic has prompted Arizona State University to shorten its fall semester, with any instruction during the remaining week after the Thanksgiving break to be conducted virtually. Provost Mark Searle also said Friday in an email citing “current health circumstances” that the December commencement would be conducted virtually. The fall semester will end December 4, with the previously scheduled December 7-12 week for final exams canceled. Instead, finals will proceed during the week of November 30 to December 4.   

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An Arizona State University professor who forced his students to sit in the first two rows of his classroom, violating the school’s coronavirus guidelines, will allow students to choose their own seats in the future after the incident was posted on social media.

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Arizona State University has announced that some students living on campus will be moved because of an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Arizona State University regents have filed a federal lawsuit against Facebook and the owner of an Instagram account that advertised “ASU COVID parties" online.