UR Ready for Students & Families

COVID-19 Preparedness

UR Ready for Students & Families

While U of R students are all different—comprising undergraduates and graduate students, residential and commuter students, traditional-college-age students and working professionals—we're all in this together. 

As members of the U of R community, we are all united in our responsibility for doing everything we can to keep each other safe.

COVID-19 FAQ for Students & Families

Student Information

What vaccinations are required of undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences in order to the University of Redlands?

Leading up to initial enrollment the following vaccinations have been, and continue to be required:

  • Measles, mumps, Rubella (MMR) series of 2 vaccines after first birthday
  • Varicella (chicken pox) series of 2 vaccines after first birthday
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) at or after the age of 10. Note: A booster shot of Td or Tdap is needed within the last 10 years 
  • Hepatitis B series of 3 vaccines 
  • Meningococcal is needed at least once for those over the age of 16 years. Common names of this vaccine are menactra, menveo, menomune, and MCV4. NOTE: This is not the meningitis B vaccine.

Effective July 1, 2021, proof of SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) vaccination is also required leading up to initial enrollment:

    • Pfizer-BioNTech (0.3 ml each): two doses at least 3 weeks (21 days) apart, but no more than 6 weeks (42 days)
    • Moderna (0.5 ml each): two doses at least 4 weeks (24-28 days) apart, but no more than 6 weeks (42 days) OR
    • Johnson & Johnson (0.5 ml): one dose

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required by August 10, or no less than 10 days prior to arrival on campus, whichever comes first.

How do I provide proof of vaccination?

Sign into the Student Health Portal using your University of Redlands email login and password, then follow the guidance provided.

Why has the University added COVID-19 to the list of required vaccinations?

As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, University decisions have been informed by guidelines issued for colleges and universities provided by the State of California and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Science has established that vaccines protect students from diseases that can derail academic progress, and make our campus safer, in part because of the impact increased immunity can have on the greater University community.

What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from receiving a vaccine?

Medical exemptions for a 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.

Will exemptions for reasons other than medical be considered?

Vaccinations for all but COVID-19 are not eligible for exemption for reasons other than medical.  COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests for reasons other than medical, while very limited in scope, will be considered. To submit a COVID-19 vaccine exemption request, refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption form on the Student Health Portal.

If I am granted an exemption, how long with the exemption apply?

The duration of a COVID-19 exemption request, if granted, will be subject to evolving guidance and knowledge. Generally, at the present time, exemptions will only apply until the end of the fall semester.  This timeline is subject to change.

Does the University assume responsibility for harm that I experience as a result of being vaccinated?

Attending the University of Redlands is an individual’s choice, as is the decision to be vaccinated; therefore, the University of Redlands does not, and will not assume liability for symptoms or outcomes that result from a vaccination.

Will certain conditions apply if I am granted an exemption?

Yes. 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, completion of a daily health assessment, as well as face covering and physical distancing while indoors with others will also be required. Participation in some events will likely be restricted.

Conditions and expectations are subject to change based on CDC and state guidance.

Where can I learn more about vaccination/immunization requirements?

You can learn more on the Student Health Center Immunization FAQ page.

General Information


Will the University of Redlands reopen for in-person classes in fall 2021?

Yes, U of R has announced plans to return to in-person instruction in the fall.


Will residence halls be open in fall 2021?

Yes, residence halls are back to full capacity for the 2021-22 school year. For more information, see the Residence Life & Housing web pages.


What is the status of SCIAC competitions and other athletics programs?

For information on Bulldog Athletics please see the FAQ on goredlands.com.


Are face coverings required on campus?

Yes. As we transition back to in-person living and learning, we will take extra precautions to keep our community safe.  Therefore, at this time, we require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear face coverings, regardless of their vaccination status, while indoors on all U of R campuses. This change begins Monday, Aug. 2, and will remain in effect until further notice.

What is the University doing to take general precautions?

The University continues to follow the latest guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Marin County Health and Human Services Office regarding the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19:

  • The University's response is currently led by the COVID Task Force, chaired by Vice President for Administration Michelle Rogers.
  • The University and its COVID Task Force are working with specific liaisons at the County level, as well as following CDC and state guidance to provide up-to-date information and recommendations as they are released.
  • The University has increased efforts to disinfect surfaces, such as tables, computers, door handles, and restrooms, and provided cleaning guidelines to Custodial Services staff. The distribution and placement of hand sanitizers have been expanded and proper hand washing signs have been posted in all restrooms.
  • All events have been canceled. 

What can I do to prevent getting the virus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the virus, get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can, if you haven’t already done so. Learn more about vaccination from the CDC or see our vaccination web pages to sign up for the clinic on the Redlands campus.

Other ways to stop the spread of the virus include to: 

What should I do if I believe I am exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member/administrator who is showing COVID-19 symptoms, has been exposed to the virus, or received positive COVID-19 test results, please complete the University's reporting form. After the form is submitted, a member of the University's response team will follow up with you to review the information and advise you of next steps.

Remember to call ahead to any health care provider to advise them of your concern before seeking treatment. Notice to the provider allows them to be prepared for your arrival, thus minimizing exposure of others, should your condition warrant such preventative planning. 

Where can I find out more information about this virus and the disease it causes?

For more information on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, see the FAQ from the CDC.

What has the University done to help the local community during this crisis?

In November 2020, the University partnered with San Bernardino County to offer a COVID-19 testing site on the Redlands campus.

In August, the Food Pantry was relocated to the Harrison Room of Orton Center to continue to be accessible to local students who are food insecure.  While the University is open, the food pantry is located on the second floor of Hunsaker Center.

The University partnered with Loma Linda University to offer walk-in medical services for the homeless during a period that closed many private shelters offering homeless services.

In April, the University donated 10,000 pounds of food to Family Services Association of Redlands and 3,000 pounds of food to Inland Harvest to replenish stocks that have been depleted due to the growing need to combat hunger within the region.

The University’s athletic training staff also donated personal protection equipment from their existing supplies to Redlands Community Hospital.

How can I report violations of the University’s health and safety policies?

If a situation that poses inappropriate or excessive risk occurs, take action by addressing it directly with the individual. Students can also report issues via this link, or contact Public Safety by phone at 909-748-8888 or by texting the keyword TIP UOFR to 888777.

Are you a family member of a new student? Visit: Family FAQ | University of Redlands

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