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No shot... No room key

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Canyon, Texas - No shot... No room key. A new meningitis vaccine law could prevent hundreds of students at West Texas A&M from moving into the dorms next week.

Meningitis is a deadly disease that has the potential to spread easily in close quarter living situations like dorms. This year state law requires all students moving into the dorms for the first time to get the meningitis vaccine at least ten days before moving in.

Right now... 400 students at WT still haven't turned in their paperwork saying they've had the shot... That's a third of the incoming freshman class. Short of showing up at the student's houses, WT says they've done all they can to let them know about the new law... Including making multiple phone calls.

Residential Director Jon Behrens says, "students have received post cards and every housing agreement contract that we've mailed out has had a large sticker over the signature block so there's no way they could sign the form without signing over the meningitis shot sticker or removing that sticker."

WT says there are no if ands or buts about it... The law is the law and if they don't have the shot, they'll have to stay in a hotel until they get it.

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