November 12, 2021
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 a vaccination requirement for the following:
ALL PARTICIPANTS IN RECREATION MOUNTAINEERING AND/OR ICE CLIMBING CLASSES
Based on your request and President Pitney’s approval, I am herewith authorizing a vaccination requirement (with medical and non-medical-religious exemptions) for that purpose.
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
Mark Oldmixon, Director, Nanook Recreation