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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates

UNC Faculty & Staff Vaccination Policy

COMPLETE ONLINE COVID-19 VACCINE AFFIDAVIT

Employees should complete the online vaccine affidavit form by August 15, 2021. Faculty and staff may also indicate they request an exemption by using this form. Please use your self-service login and password to access the form.

Effective Sunday, August 15, 2021, the University of Northern Colorado requires employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Medical and non-medical exemptions are available to employees who are unable to receive a vaccination.

How to Submit Your Records

UNC’s secure portal for submitting vaccination affidavits and exemption documentation is now open. Employees should complete their affidavit or exemption request through UNC’s secure portal no later than August 15, 2021. You will be prompted to answer a question to validate you have received the vaccine or are seeking an exemption. New employees hired after this date and for the duration of the policy must prove they have received at least a first dose before they may begin work.  

Employees may be vaccinated at a vaccination clinic or by a healthcare provider of their choice and receive any of the vaccines currently available.  

On the policy’s effective date of August 15, the university will begin contacting employees who have not submitted an affidavit or been granted an exemption to help them to comply with the policy. In the absence of an approved exemption, those who fail to comply with or complete the COVID-19 vaccination requirement by Monday, August 23, 2021 will be subject to penalties, as defined below.

Updated Aug. 9, 2021 - Public health experts anticipate that one or more of the vaccines will be approved in the coming weeks. With this anticipated approval and the rise of the Covid-19 Delta variant — which is highly contagious and is resulting in a rise in cases, illness and hospitalizations globally — UNC is continuing with its vaccination requirement policy deadline of Aug. 15, 2021, without waiting for any further action by the FDA. This is an update to the original policy, dated May 21, 2021.

Exemption From Policy

Employees have the right to request an exemption from this vaccination requirement for a medical or non-medical (religious or personal belief) reason. This policy adopts the terms and definitions used by the State of Colorado for other vaccinations. To request an exemption, employees should complete the online form and answer the appropriate questions. 
 
If granted an exemption, employees may be required* to:

  • Participate in regular COVID-19 testing**
  • Monitor UNC email daily for important health notifications
  • Isolate for 10 days if tested positive for COVID-19  
  • Quarantine for 14 days if the employee is determined to be a close contact of a positive case by the UNC, Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, or another state or local public health authority.  

*These requirements are subject to change based upon available and emerging epidemiological evidence and the overall burden of disease related to COVID-19 transmission on our campus and in our region. Employee compliance with these requirements is subject to verification.

**The specific process for weekly testing and cost to the employee will depend on available testing options at the time.

Failure to Comply

Employees who have not confirmed they have received at least one vaccination dose or been granted an exemption prior to Monday, August 23, 2021 will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with existing disciplinary processes for the applicable employee classification.

Appeals

Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis utilizing an interactive process with the employee.