For Faith Slimmer, it was a dream come true. The soccer standout from Ocean County was headed to play at Division 1 Rutgers. She actually gave a verbal commitment when she was in eighth grade. But you wont see Slimmer in a Scarlet Knight's uniform when the new season kicks off.

The recent graduate of Ocean City High School has withdrawn her commitment to play at Rutgers because of their mandate that all students must be fully vaccinated. The 18 year old told the Press of Atlantic City it should be her choice to get vaccinated, "If I don’t want to get it, I don’t think I should be forced into it.”

No one in Slimmer's family is vaccinated, not her parents or her younger sisters. The reasons why vary, but are largely for religious reasons. While Rutgers does offer a religious exemption for students, Slimmer did not apply for one. She says there were too many questions about the impact of non-vaccination status on team travel and a decision on her eligibility for an exemption could have taken months.

Slimmer will now play for Div 1 rival College of Charleston. The South Carolina school is only recommending that all students be vaccinated, not requiring it. A spokesman for Rutgers University told NJ 101.5 they would not comment on Slimmer’s decision.

The issue of mandatory vaccinations on college campuses has been a topic of heated debate. Rutgers was the first school in the nation to announce a mandate. Hundreds of students protested the decision. In the first challenge to higher education vaccination mandates, a federal judge upheld Indiana University's mask and vaccination policy for students. Kean university announced this week that students who cannot prove they are vaccinated, would be de-registered.

NJ teachers and educators caught in sex crime busts

Over the past few years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.

In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.

Others cases are still pending, including some court delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 sensational places to visit in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park

From amusement rides to all the boardwalk food and lots of water fun, Seaside Heights and neighboring Seaside Park have endured as a family friendly spot for all ages.

Along the way, the Seaside Heights Boardwalk and Casino Pier have been struck with tragic disasters - such as fire, Superstorm Sandy and another fire. Both have proven their resiliency through rebuilding and expansion.

Most Expensive House For Sale in Atlantic County

Located on Bayshore in Margate, the 8,200+ square foot home is listed at $7.9 million. The home has seven bedrooms, eight baths, and 324 feet of total bay frontage. Outside, it has 2,500 square feet of deck space, a pool, and four boat slips. Property taxes for the home were $49,920 last year.