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University of Missouri System Explains What Biden’s Executive Order Means for Campus Communities

(Missourinet) The University of Missouri System is calling President Biden’s mask mandate for federal employees and contractors an “evolving” situation.

As Missourinet’s Joey Parker reports, the system is communicating with its campus communities on the issue.

In an email sent to students, faculty and staff, the UM System says it’s working on compliance with President Biden’s executive order…but is not issuing a vaccine of mask mandate for all.

That order directs those with federal contracts to follow new protocols requiring vaccination and mask mandates which includes certain university faculty, staff and student employees by Dec. 8th.

The system’s universities hold many federal contracts that pay for hundreds of millions of dollars of research and other activities involving medical care, national defense and agricultural research.

According to the email, the UM System says it has been reviewing the details and processes that would be needed to comply with the new rule…including monitoring any legal challenges.

Attorneys general from 21 states, including Missouri, submitted a letter to President Biden *objecting to the order’s broad provisions and ask that the order be rescinded.

Any decision or plan for how the system deals with the executive order requires a vote of the Board of Curators.

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