Full vaccination is required for students who live on campus or come to campus for any reason.
Last week, the president announced that all students who reside on campus or come to campus for any reason for the Fall 2021 semester must be fully vaccinated prior to their arrival on campus. At this time, we are sharing details from our updated COVID-19 vaccination requirement policy statement. Understanding that our students come from a wide array of communities across the country and around the world, we want to ensure that students can adequately prepare for their upcoming arrival on campus.
All students will be required to be fully vaccinated effective August 1, 2021. Being fully vaccinated means that two or more weeks have passed since receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or since receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine. Students who complete a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine will comply with the University’s immunization requirement. Students must provide proof of being fully vaccinated prior to arriving on campus. Students will not be permitted to live in on-campus housing until they are fully vaccinated and provide proof of having been vaccinated.
There is only one exception for students to come to campus if they have not been fully vaccinated, and that is to receive a vaccine. For international students who cannot become fully vaccinated in their home countries and domestic students who cannot access a vaccine prior to arriving on campus, the University will provide vaccinations, free of charge. These students can present to the vaccination clinic located at 508 W Street NW, Washington, DC 20059, the Numa P. Adams Building. After receiving their vaccination, students must leave campus immediately. Students may not return to campus, except to receive their second dose of a two-dose series, until they are fully vaccinated according to the standards mentioned above.
As of right now, international students who will actively work to get vaccinated upon their arrival in Washington, D.C. must abide by the district’s two-week quarantine policy and assume personal responsibility for finding housing off campus since they cannot live on campus. The University is exploring options to help international students find temporary housing solutions off campus, and we will update you further if and when we are able to progress in those plans.
While students with approved medical or religious exemptions for the COVID vaccination requirement will be allowed to attend classes on campus (following appropriate safety protocols), they will NOT be permitted to live in on-campus housing. The Office of Residence Life will provide information about potential off-campus housing options; however, students will be solely responsible for securing their own off-campus housing arrangements. Please see the FAQ page for more information.
Being fully vaccinated means that two or more weeks have passed since receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or since receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
As with all our existing vaccination requirements for students, medical and religious exemptions will be granted in accordance with federal and local law. Students with exemptions may be required to wear masks and eye protective PPE while on campus. Students will provide proof of vaccination through the secure MedProctor portal, just as they have done with other vaccinations that are already required by University policy. Additional information on issues such as timing, verification process and exemptions will be forthcoming from the Office of Student Affairs. For any immediate questions, please call the hotline at 202-806-3345 or 800-822-6363.
Vaccination of our community members is critical to continue meeting our highest priority – maintaining the health of our constituents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists several benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, including but not limited to:
- Preventing serious illness, even for those who contract the virus; and
- Protecting others, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness, including older adults, those who are pregnant and those with medical conditions.
Furthermore, the CDC has found that millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. To date, the systems put in place by the CDC to monitor the safety of these vaccines have found only two serious types of health problems after vaccination, both of which are rare.
We strongly encourage everyone to receive the vaccine at their earliest opportunity. As we transition back to campus, having our entire student population vaccinated is essential to keeping our community healthy and safe.