Biddle Hall at Johnson C. Smith University (QCity Metro file photo)

Johnson C. Smith University joins a growing list of universities requiring students to be vaccinated before returning to campus this fall.  

The university made the announcement Monday via social media. Livingstone College also will require vaccinations.. 

Under the JCSU policy, shots are required at least two weeks before students return. So with classes set to start on Aug. 16, students must be fully vaccinated by July 30. Students who plan to participate in summer activities on campus would face an earlier deadline.

The school will require proof of vaccination, the announcement said.

JCSU did not specify whether the mandate will apply to faculty and staff.

Nationwide, more than 100 colleges and universities had announced vaccination mandates as of May 7, according to CNN

Johnson and Wales University in uptown Charlotte announced a vaccination requirement on May 11 for all on-campus students. The school said it will consider medical and religious exceptions. 

Johnson and Wales said it also “strongly encourages” its employees to get vaccinated.

Sarafina covers Historic West End under a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She earned a journalism degree from Howard University. Email news tips to

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