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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates

UNC Student Vaccination Policy

How to Submit Your Records

  • Upload a digital copy — PDF or JPG — of your COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate of medical or nonmedical exemption (links provided below) through UNC"s Secure Student Portal. Sign in using your UNC student credentials (Bearmail username without @bears.unco.edu and Ursa password).  After submitting  documentation, students will receive an email of receipt in their Bearmail account within one week confirming that their documentation has been received and processed.  

If you are experiencing technical difficulties logging into the secure student portal or uploading your COVID-19 vaccination documentation, please contact the IT help desk at 351-help or email help@unco.edu

For answers to common questions about submitting your vaccination documentation, including what to do if you lost your vaccination card, check out our FAQs.

How to Receive an Exemption From the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Students 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, students should submit the Medical Exemption Form or the Non-medical Exemption Form through the University of Northern Colorado's secure student portal.

About the Policy (updated Aug. 9, 2021)

The University of Northern Colorado’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement is effective Sunday, August 15, 2021, however students are encouraged to receive vaccinations and submit their records early. Enrolled students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in in-person classes, campus housing, and other in-person activities, services, and events. Medical and non-medical exemptions are available to students who are unable to receive a vaccination. Students who are enrolled in approved, exclusively online academic programs through Extended Campus are exempted from this policy

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.

Students who register for any in-person classes, live on campus, or participate in any on-campus activities, services, or events must either:  

  • Submit a COVID-19 immunization record demonstrating a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations; or,  
  • Request and receive an exemption prior to participating in on-campus activities. 

Students 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 students who have not submitted complete vaccination records or been granted an exemption to help them to comply with the policy. Students who still have not provided records confirming they have received at least one vaccination dose or been granted an exemption by September 3, 2021 will be out of compliance with this policy and subject to penalties, as defined below. 

International students who encounter difficulty obtaining a vaccine prior to the policy’s effective date should contact the Center for International Education for assistance. UNC will be prepared to provide information about where vaccines can be acquired or facilitate vaccination upon arrival to campus in these situations, if needed. 

If granted an exemption, students 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; and/or, 
  • Quarantine for 14 days if the student is determined to be a close contact of a positive case by UNC, Weld County Department of Public Healthand 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. Student compliance with these requirements is subject to verification. 

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

Medical Exemption 

A medical exemption form is now available for download and submission. The document should be completed by the student (or by their parent or guardian, if the student is under 18) and signed by their health care provider (a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurse, or delegated physician's assistant). Please note, all exemptions will be confirmed with the health care provider's office and will not be accepted if they have not been signed. If documents are found to not meet the requirements, the student will be contacted by email and asked to send new documents. 

Non-medical (Religious or Personal Belief) Exemption  

A non-medical exemption form is now available for download and submissionThe certificate will not require a signature from a health care provider. 

Class Absences for Exempted Students in Isolation or Quarantine 

As with all absences, students who are unable to complete scheduled class activities due to isolation or quarantine must work with their instructor(s) to determine how to meet the course objectives. Absences for isolation or quarantine do not relieve students from meeting the course requirements. 

Failure to Comply 

Students who have not provided records confirming they have received at least one vaccination dose or been granted an exemption by prior to Friday, September 3, 2021, will be dropped from their full course schedule and receive a refund consistent with UNC’s refund policies. Students who submit fraudulent information regarding their vaccination status or as part of their request for an exemption are subject to adjudication under the UNC Student Code of Conduct (the ‘BEAR code’). 


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