Colleges these days aspire to inculcate ethics and morals as well as knowledge. Yet many of them have gone all in on deceiving and gaslighting students by violating the bargain—both implied and explicitly stated—agreed to this summer when they mandated vaccination against Covid-19: You get vaccinated to protect the rest of us, and we give you your lives back.
The vast majority of college students are under 25. Adults under 30—the age category the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses in breaking down Covid-19 outcomes—have a very low rate of hospitalization, and an even lower death rate. As of Aug. 21, the middle of the Delta wave, 18- to 29-year-olds were at 4.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people. This rate has been falling since, and is now at 3.8. Even at the height of the winter peak in the U.S., before vaccines were widely available, the rate was 6.3 per 100,000.