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 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.

Effective July 1, 2021, in order 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, proof of vaccination for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) will also be required. Proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine should be uploaded to the Student Health Portal by August 10, 2021, or no less than ten days prior to when the student will arrive on/return to campus, whichever comes first. 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.

The duration of a COVID-19 exemption request, if granted, will be subject to evolving guidance and knowledge, and will be in effect for no less than six months. 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]

Completion of the daily health check by those living or learning on a Redlands campus, and the reporting of positive COVID-19 cases, both available via the Redlands App, will continue to be required for members of the University community until further notice.

Please see the COVID-19 FAQ for Students & Families for more information.


[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. At this time, the SBPH testing center on the University of Redlands campus is not anticipated to extend its operations into the fall semester. As a result of a partnership with LabCorp, testing of undergraduate students will be available at the Student Health Center; insurance information will be required at the time of testing.