vaccination policy

Additional details are outlined below regarding:

 

Vaccination dates and verification process

  • If you have already been fully vaccinated, please upload your vaccination record into Med+Proctor. See step-by-step instructions. The University is exploring an additional way to verify vaccination status and details will be announced shortly.
     
  • If you are planning to be fully vaccinated prior to December 13, here are some important dates to keep in mind:
     
    • If you will be vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine (2 doses, separated by 28 days), you must be vaccinated with dose 1 by October 31, 2021.
       
    • If you will be vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 or Comirnaty vaccine (2 doses, separated by 21 days), you must be vaccinated with dose 1 by November 7, 2021.
       
    • If you will be vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one dose), you must be vaccinated by November 29, 2021.

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Vaccine Exemption requests and forms

Employees and students working under the Federal requirements, are able to seek an exemption for medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief. Generally, students will continue to be able to request an exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical reasons, a sincerely held religious belief or reasons of conscience.  A new streamlined form/process for exemption requests for religious beliefs or reasons of conscience is available.  Any student or employee who will be on campus during winter break should complete an exemption request by November 19, so it can be processed prior to December 13. Some student employers or departments may have earlier deadlines that they will communicate directly to those impacted.  If you are partially vaccinated but will be fully vaccinated prior to December 13, there is no need to complete an exemption as long as you upload your vaccinated record. 

Forms for students

Forms for faculty, contact professionals and staff

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Spring registration and enrollment

All currently enrolled students may register for spring classes starting November 1. If students have not verified their vaccination status or if they have received an exemption, they will be subject to up-to-twice-weekly testing.

Resident students must be in full compliance (fully vaccinated and verified or with an approved exemption) by December 1 or communicate their plan for compliance to renew their housing contract for spring semester. Residence Life and Housing will provide specific guidance on communicating those plans.

International students who are not able to receive a vaccine prior to arrival should communicate with Health Services and complete a temporary medical exemption, if needed.

Students who do not live in the residence halls and register for classes prior to December 13 for a fully remote spring schedule are not required to complete an exemption request. The University will automatically exempt those students from surveillance testing and vaccine requirements for the term. However, if you plan to use the library, visit friends or attend an event on campus, you either need to be fully vaccinated/report your vaccination status or have an exemption.

Faculty, contract professionals and staff who are not vaccinated or do not have an exemption granted by the University by December 13 will be subject to progressive discipline in keeping with University policy and collective bargaining agreements.

NOTE: This requirement excludes College Credit Plus, Early College High School and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame STEM High School students.

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Additional details

  • While the stated timeline is for December 13, 2021, there may be areas on campus that will be required to comply more quickly based on additional safety concerns. Department requests for accelerated deadlines should be sent to Eric Green (Egreen1@uakron.edu) for review.
     
  • Vaccines are free and widely accessible. The University will continue to work with local partners to bring vaccination opportunities to campus.

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Masking requirement

  • The University currently requires everyone to wear a mask/face covering while in indoor public areas (not private offices and residences) across all campuses. Masks/facial coverings are encouraged in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contacts with others. The University will continue to monitor conditions and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Ohio and Summit County Public Health and adjust masking protocols as needed.
     
  • As the semester progresses, if conditions return to low or moderate levels of community spread and the University relaxes masking protocols, faculty and instructors can continue to require the wearing of masks or facial coverings in their individual classrooms.

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