Covid Vaccination Protocols For Fall 2021
Vaccines support everyone’s safety. Covid-19 vaccinations offer effective safeguards from individual infection and protection of the community’s health, especially of those who are unable to get a vaccine themselves. Robust levels of vaccination on campus will help Susquehanna University return to normal activity for fall 2021.
In developing Susquehanna University’s Covid vaccination protocols, university officials weighed public health guidance, state laws and feedback from the SU community. The American College Health Association recommended that all campuses require vaccinations. In accordance with CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People, students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated prior to the start of the semester can return to full capacity in-person learning, without requiring or recommending masking or physical distancing.
Students must be fully immunized with a Covid vaccine that is authorized in the U.S. by the FDA (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) or by the World Health Organization (e.g., AstraZeneca/Oxford and Sinopharm). Persons are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of vaccine.
Susquehanna aims to help all our community members access vaccinations as soon as possible. Students are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated in their home community over the summer. For students who are not vaccinated when they arrive to campus, SU will assist in securing vaccine appointments and coordinating transportation off-site.
To protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the broader community, Susquehanna University will require students who learn, live or work on campus for the fall 2021 term to be vaccinated for Covid-19 no later than Sept. 13, 2021.
Students who participate in university-sponsored international travel must be fully vaccinated prior to their departure. Student-athletes must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of athletic practices and competitions, and they also are required to follow NCAA protocols.
Students may request an exemption from the Covid vaccination requirement for medical reasons or religious convictions, which will be considered for approval on an individual basis through the Student Health Center.
All students must submit their Covid immunization record of proof if it is not already on file with the university.
Returning Students: Email an image of your completed Covid vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrolling Students (First-Year and Transfer): Refer to instructions for uploading the Covid vaccination card via the River Hawk Portal under the Student Health Documents checklist item. If you have already submitted your Student Health Documents and did not upload a Covid vaccination card, please email a copy to email@example.com.
Students who are not fully vaccinated (either at the start of the semester or whose exemption was approved) are required to follow the protocols for unvaccinated persons noted below.
Questions about compliance with the vaccination requirement?
COVID-19 Hotline: 570-372-3333
Employees are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated prior to returning to work on campus. Employees who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested as a close contact unless they become symptomatic.
Faculty and staff members who choose to participate in the Global Opportunities Program as GO directors and traveling with students are required to be fully vaccinated.
All employees, even if vaccinated, are required to follow the protocols of any off-campus premises they visit while on university business.
Employees who become ill because of a Covid infection or need to quarantine as a close contact should use their regular sick leave.
All faculty and staff who have been vaccinated with an authorized vaccine should immediately complete the Faculty and Staff Covid Vaccine Form if they have not already done so.
If you are both an SU student and an employee, you must follow the student vaccination protocols first, then those for employees.
Faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated are required to follow the protocols for unvaccinated persons noted below.
Employees who are still not vaccinated against Covid-19 are encouraged to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the benefits of the vaccine and medical concerns you have. Employees will receive paid time off to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects of getting vaccinated. Please coordinate the time off with your supervisor.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors who are not fully vaccinated against Covid should wear a mask
- indoors always and maintain at least six feet of distance from other persons, and
- outdoors when unable to maintain six feet of distance from other persons.
Unvaccinated students faculty and staff must follow weekly testing protocols of the Fall Plan.
Effective the fall semester, unvaccinated students who test positive for Covid or are close contacts will be asked to isolate or quarantine at home, not on campus. See more
Exemptions from the Covid Vaccination Requirement
Note that a positive Covid antibody test (i.e., prior infection) does not exempt an individual from the vaccination requirement.
In the event of an outbreak, individuals exempt for medical reasons or religious objections should be protected from exposure. This may include exclusion from campus and/or required quarantine away from campus if exposed during an outbreak.
Medical Exemption: If a medical provider uses SU’s General Immunization Exemption Form to certify that a student’s health condition that is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (e.g., pregnancy) exemption may be granted. On the form, the provider must specify which Covid immunization(s) that may be detrimental, why and for how long, and must sign the form. Medical exemptions for immunizations of other infections may not be considered applicable.
Religious Exemption: Requests for exemptions must describe the principles that guide an objection to immunization using SU’s General Immunization Exemption Form and be signed by the student (or parent or guardian if under the age of 18). The university may require supporting documents. Prior religious exemption statements addressed to other institutions are not considered valid.