June 17, 2021
Dear Campus Community,
Earlier this spring, Ursinus joined hundreds of other higher education institutions in requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all students taking classes on campus this coming academic year–a step that will allow us to further strengthen the health and well-being of our residential community here in Collegeville.
To that end, we’re asking all students to submit proof of vaccination by Saturday, July 31. If you are a returning student, please send a photo of your completed vaccine card to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an incoming first-year student or a transfer student, you can submit proof of vaccination on your confidential health form, which is due on Friday, July 30.
Additionally, all faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated should inform the college by clicking on the form in the “Fully Vaccinated Information” section of the website at https://ursinus.edu/vaccinations.
We understand that some students will seek medical or religious exemption from the college’s immunization requirements, which includes the COVID-19 vaccination. If you are seeking exemption, please familiarize yourself with the college’s immunization and exemption policy, which can be found on our website at https://ursinus.edu/immunization. Once you have read the policy, you may apply for exemption by filling out the immunization exemption request form, which is located on that website. As dean of students, I, along with the immunization exemption review committee, will determine whether the documentation provided is sufficient for an exemption.
Students granted an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine may be subject to specific testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements, as recommended by organizations such as the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the American College Health Association. More information will be provided on these requirements as the semester approaches, in order to align with the most current guidance.
As previously stated, Ursinus is closely following guidance and recommendations from federal and state officials and organizations who have determined that COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and the most effective long-term defense against the transmission of the virus. Thank you for helping to keep our campus community healthy as we look forward to a new academic year.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students