NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester University notified students, faculty and staff Thursday that, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is requiring masks for everyone on its campuses, regardless of vaccination status, except when they are outdoors, in their own office or residence hall room or while eating.

"We want you to come back to a vibrant college experience in which you can engage fully in the life of the university and with each other. Whether we can do that successfully, however, depends on everyone doing their part and caring about the health and safety of other people at Manchester," said Abby Van Vlerah, vice president of student life, in an email to students.

"While we have a plan for the fall, the Delta variant is spreading nationwide, particularly in areas where not enough people have been vaccinated. We may need to adjust our plan, depending on state and local levels of COVID-19 or our campus-wide vaccination rate," she said.

The northeast Indiana University urges all members of the Manchester University to be vaccinated.

"I cannot stress this strongly enough. This new outbreak has been described as a pandemic of the unvaccinated," said President Dave McFadden. "Getting vaccinated will help protect the most vulnerable among us. The vaccines are safe, free and widely available. They also are our way out of this pandemic."

On-campus vaccination clinics will be offered at the North Manchester campus from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24 and 31.

Manchester University has campuses in Fort Wayne and North Manchester.