College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student Vaccination Policy

Effective date: July 1, 2021

The University of Redlands follows guidelines for colleges and universities provided by the state of California and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccines protect students from diseases that can derail academic progress. Everyone on campus, including faculty, staff and visitors--and especially the most vulnerable among us--is safer when students are vaccinated, thanks in part, to the impact increased immunity can have on the greater University community. 

Historically, the University of Redlands, in compliance with national guidance and state law, has required all College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students, at the time of initial enrollment, to provide proof of the following vaccinations: 

Measles, Mumps, Rubela (MMR):  series of 2 vaccines
Varicella (chickenpox):  series of 2 vaccines
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap): to include proof of a booster shot of Td or Tdap within the last 10 years 
Hepatitis B: 
series of 3 vaccines 
Meningococcal:[1]: at least one vaccine at age 16 or older

This practice will continue. Exemptions to this policy are limited to valid, recognized contraindications to immunizations, and will only be considered if accompanied by a request from a physician trained in the relevant specialty that informs the basis of the exemption. Proof of these immunizations is only required at the time of initial enrollment, and should be submitted through the Student Health Portal, where an exemption request form can be found. 

COVID-19:  To maximize the health and safety of the University of Redlands community, and in response to guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,CAS students are required to provide proof proof of  they are fully vaccinated for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19).  “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the University as having received both the primary series (1 or 2 shots) as well as the associated booster when eligible, proof of which must be uploaded to the Student Health Portal no less than ten days prior to when the student will arrive on/return to campus. This timeline applies to all CAS undergraduate students. Those who have contracted COVID-19 are not exempt from this vaccination requirement, as illness alone does not assure immunity.

Like other required vaccinations, medical exemptions for the COVID-19 vaccination requirement will be considered if accompanied by a request from a physician trained in the relevant specialty that informs the basis for the exemption. Exemptions for other reasons, while very limited in scope, will be considered. To submit an exemption request, refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption form on the Student Health Portal. 

At present, guidance advises the risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others is higher among those who are not fully vaccinated; therefore, non-vaccinated individuals will be required to isolate or quarantine if they contract COVID-19, or if they are exposed to a confirmed case. Regular testing will also be required, and participation in some events will likely be restricted.[2]

 


 

[1] Common names of this vaccine are menactra, menveo, menomune, and MCV4. This is not the meningitis B vaccine.

[2] Changes to non-vaccinated expectations will likely be ongoing and informed by best practice, as well as federal and state guidance, to include San Bernardino County health officials. NCAA guidance will apply to student athletes, and University travel opportunities will also be subject to federal and state policy, University guidance, as well as policy governing the travel destination.