January 12, 2022
The University of Alaska System policy states that vaccination requirements may only be made by exception and must be approved by the President at the request of the Chancellor.
I have received your request for an amendment to the vaccination requirement to add a COVID-19 booster shot to the current requirements. The request applies to the following:
ALL USERS OF TOOLIK FIELD STATION
Based on your request and President Pitney’s approval, I am herewith authorizing a vaccination requirement for Toolik Field Station to be defined as fully vaccinated plus a booster (with medical and non-medical-religious exemptions).
Please see the procedures laid out in the September 17, 2021 memo from Chief Human Resources Officer Bishko titled “Guidelines for Supervisors Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations and Face Coverings” (https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/coronavirus/general-info/updates). The memo has links to exemption forms for employees. Student exemptions are issued by the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities (non-medical), or the Student Health and Counseling Center (medical). The memo can be found at: https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/coronavirus/general-info/updates
Pat Pitney, Interim President
Matthew Cooper, General Counsel
Diane O’Brien, Interim Director, Institute of Arctic Biology
Syndonia Bret-Harte, Science Co-Director and PI, Toolik Field Station