Coronavirus, Education

GSU Professor Fired For Refusing To Teach In-Person Without Mask Mandate

GSU professor Cody Leudtke was fired from after refusing to teach in-person classes when the school didn't implement a mask mandate on campus.
GSU professor Cody Leudtke was fired from after refusing to teach in-person classes when the school didn't implement a mask mandate on campus.
Credit Catherine Mullins / WABE

State public health officials say more Georgians are being diagnosed with COVID-19 than ever before, at almost 10,000 new cases per day. The state’s top public health official Dr. Kathleen Toomey said as of Aug. 30, the Delta variant makes up virtually 100 percent of the surge in new coronavirus cases.

With transmission levels high and in the red zone in all 159 counties, students and staff at state colleges and universities are protesting the lack of mask mandates on campus.

One Georgia State University professor was even fired last month for refusing to teach in-person unless students were required to wear face masks. 34-year-old Cody Leudtke taught classes in biology, environmental science and botany for nearly six years at GSU’s Perimeter College.

Weeks after being axed for her stance based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Leudtke sat down on WABE’s “All Things Considered.”

The University System of Georgia told WABE that while the system urges vaccination for everyone, it is “an individual decision to receive one and not required to be on our campuses.”

The system also said its leaders remain committed to keeping campus communities healthy and safe – and offer a $200 well-being credit for all employees who get vaccinated.

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