I. Policy Information
Policy Owner: Office of the Chancellor
Responsible Official: Chancellor’s Chief of Staff
Approved by: Chancellor
Date Approved: 1/18/2022
Effective Date: 1/18/2022
Targeted Review Date: 07/1/2022
UIS Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Fall 2021 https://www.uis.edu/academicstaffhandbook/university-policies/student-covid-19-vaccination-policy/
Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Spring 2022 Addendum
This Policy applies to all on-site UIS students living, learning, working or training on campus for Spring 2022, except those who have an approved religious or medical exemption.
“Fully vaccinated” – Two weeks past the initial series of vaccines (i.e., after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or 3rd dose if immunocompromised) or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson (2nd dose if immunocompromised).
“On-site” includes both workspaces on the UIS campus and in a UIS facility located outside the UIS campus geography.
The purpose of this Addendum #2 is to add a requirement to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Unless specifically amended in this Addendum, all provisions of previously issued COVID policies remain in effect.
The University of Illinois Springfield maintains an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Consistent with the UIS Approach to Safety and United in Safety, the Student Vaccination Policy were extended into Spring 2022.
Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases and evolving information about the more transmissive Omicron variant, the University of Illinois System is now requiring booster shots as soon as individuals are eligible.
VI. Statement of Policy
For Spring 2022, all students living, learning, working or training on campus or on UIS premises must receive and upload record of a booster shot by Friday, January 21, 2022, or within two weeks of becoming eligible for the booster if their eligibility date is past January 21, 2022.
A. Deadline to Upload Proof of Booster Shot
- If you have received the booster shot, upload your record to the Medicat patient portal by January 21, 2022.
- If you have received the initial series of vaccines (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson) and are eligible for the booster shot (see the matrix on the United in Safety vaccination website to determine your eligibility date for receiving the booster), upload proof of your booster shot by January 21, 2022.
- If you have received the initial series of vaccines (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson) but are not yet eligible for the booster shot, upload proof of the booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible. If you have not already uploaded proof of completion of the initial series, upload those documents immediately to the Medicat patient portal in order to stay compliant with the Policy.
- If you have received an extension from Health Services that permits you to complete the initial series after January 7, upload your partial records to the Medicat patient portal as soon as available. You must get your booster shot within two weeks of becoming eligible.
- Students who apply to UIS after January 7, 2022, must come into compliance with this policy within two weeks of acceptance to the university. This includes either (1) uploading proof of completion of the initial series of vaccines and booster if eligible; (2) or request a medical or religious exemption or extension for the booster.
B. Mitigation Measures
Students who are eligible but not in compliance with the booster requirement and have permission to be on campus as part of an extension or exemption must follow directives for testing, quarantine and other mitigations issued by the CRRT.
The trajectory of the pandemic may determine additional restrictions for on-campus activities for unvaccinated individuals with an approved exemption.
Any student who is not compliant with this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.
Students granted an exemption or extension may be permitted on campus but must follow all mitigation measures issued by the University. Failure to secure exemption approval, upload documents or submit a timely request for an extension may result in the inability to move into housing, attend class or participate in athletics, and/or possible disciplinary action. Registration holds will be placed for the following term and will remain until the individual is in compliance with applicable policies.
The UIS Campus Rapid Response Team reserves the right to issue additional mitigations intended to prioritize health and safety for the UIS campus—including requiring testing of both vaccinated and unvaccinated populations based on community and campus health statistics or emerging public health guidance.