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Here’s what to know about COVID-19 booster shots

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, the move raised questions within the University of Miami community on the importance and availability of additional vaccinations and how big of a role the university should play in encouraging their use.

New “Sustainable U” partnership to launch next week

"Sustainable U: Rounding Up @ The Campus Bookstore" is a new philanthropic initiative being introduced at the campus bookstore on November 15th.

Chinese students say they faced vaccination issues upon return to campus

After spending the last academic year at home because of travel restrictions stemming from the pandemic, University of Miami's Chinese students returned to campus this fall only to find out that some vaccinations they received in their own country did not match UM standards.

Students question effectiveness, need for Cane Card access to campus buildings

“I don’t understand how having access to a building will restrict the spread of COVID-19,” said Elena Ruiz, a senior chemistry major.

UM updates COVID guidelines as infection slows and vaccination rates increase

The University of Miami announced that outdoor mask mandates on the Coral Gables and marine campuses have been suspended in an email to the...

UM students and faculty protest Texas abortion ban as Florida legislature...

Since a Texas law banning abortions more than six weeks into a pregnancy went into effect on Sept.1, activists, abortion providers and various members...

University of Miami students and faculty required to take flu vaccine...

“Vaccine mandates have been the law of the land since 1905 in Jacobson v. Massachusetts and these have been held up again and again,” said Dr. Timothy Loftus, the Health Disparities Project Fredman Family Foundation practitioner-in-residence and lecturer in law at the UM School of Law.

Pandemic perspectives: Employed by the U

Sandra Perez-Alvarez, a secretary for three years in the theatre arts department, said that the opening weeks of classes left her concerned about the number of students not wearing masks as required. “The students are still not respecting the mask mandates, which is overall disappointing,” said Perez-Alvarez, a UM employee for nearly 11 years. The university recently updated its masking policies to require mask-wearing in outdoor settings while in groups of four or more.

UM administrators to host Town Hall in preparation for fall semester....

Despite rising COVID-19 infection rates in South Florida, the University of Miami will open its doors for in-person classes on Aug. 23 after announcing updated safety protocols to prevent the spread of the Delta variant.

UM unsure if vaccines will be mandatory for fall semester

More than 200 universities are requiring its students – and in some instances, faculty and staff – to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the fall semester. Although the University of Miami has not yet announced if it will follow suit, UM President Julio Frenk said by the end of May that UM will provide more guidance about “a safe return in the fall.”

Students grow weary of daily symptom checker; some find ways to...

The university has employed 30 COVID symptom checkers around campus to slow the spread. However, many students have quite literally found a way around it.

Mourning 3 million deaths globally, Student Government to host COVID-19 memorial

“Three million people have died across the globe...That's three million people who were here this time last year, and now they're not. We wanted to sort of commemorate and recognize the fact that this has hit everybody.”