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COVID-19: News and Campus Updates | Fall 2021 Plans

UNC Student Vaccination Policy

COMPLETE ONLINE COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT

Students must complete the online COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Verification no later than August 15, 2021. The portal will allow you to confirm that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Students may also request a medical or non-medical exemption by downloading and completing the appropriate form, and uploading it in the secure portal after it is filled out in its entirety.

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

If none of the vaccines available in the United States are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or, if in its sole discretion, UNC determines that there is insufficient COVID-19 vaccine supply to meet the demand, the University may either delay implementation of this requirement or amend the same. 

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. 

How to Submit Your Records 

UNC’s secure portal for submitting records and exemption documentation is now available. Students should use their UNC credentials to login and use the following information to assist in submitting records: 

  • Upload a digital copy—photograph or PDF scan—of your vaccination record through UNC’s secure portal. 
  • New students should upload the vaccination record through the secure admission application portal. 
  • After submitting an immunization record, students will receive an email of receipt within one week. 

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 and employees should submit the Medical Exemption Form or the Non-medical Exemption Form through the University of Northern Colorado's secure portal, which is now available. 

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. 

Current students should upload their documents to UNC’s secure portal. 

Incoming, new students (all student types and levels) should upload the form directly to the admitted student portalUpon the submission, the system will automatically mark this checklist item as completed.  

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. 

Current students should upload their documents to UNC’s secure portal. 

Incoming, new students (all student types and levels) should upload their documents directly to the admitted student portal. Upon submission, the system will automatically mark this checklist item as completed. 

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 

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