I. Policy Information

Policy Title: UIS Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Policy Owner: Office of the Chancellor
Responsible Official: Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs
Approved by: Chancellor
Date Approved: 06.14.2022
Effective Date: 06.14.2002
Targeted Review Date: 12/31/2022
Contact: covid19@uis.edu

II. Scope

This Policy applies to all UIS students who are living, learning, working or training on the UIS campus or in UIS off-campus facilities, except for those who have an approved religious or medical exemption.

The UIS vaccination requirement does not apply to students who learn entirely online or remotely and have no on-campus obligations. However, any unvaccinated remote student who comes to the UIS campus must follow UIS campus guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.

III. Definitions

“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).

IV. Purpose

The purpose of the Policy is to outline the university-specific expectations for being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

V. Background

The University of Illinois Springfield maintains an unwavering commitment to academic excellence and the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. The COVID-19 vaccine has been a system and university requirement for all students, faculty, staff and long-term guests since August 2021 in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of the university community.

VI. Statement of Policy

All UIS students who live, learn, work or train on the UIS campus or in off-campus UIS facilities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New students must be fully vaccinated and show proof thereof, or proof that they have begun the vaccination process, prior to the student immunization deadline for the pertinent semester by uploading their vaccination record to the Medicat patient portal.

VII. Exemption Procedures

Medical and religious exemption requests will be considered and processed through UIS Health Services (uishealthservice@uis.edu). Requests for exemptions must be submitted by the student immunization deadline for the pertinent semester.

  • Medical: If a medical exemption is requested, the individual must complete the UIS COVID-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Request Form and provide documentation of medical reasons, date the circumstances requiring the exemption are expected to end (if applicable) and their physician’s signature. Exemption requests must be completed and signed by a primary care provider not associated with UIS.


Students who are not fully vaccinated and have permission to be on campus as part of an exemption must follow directives for testing, face-coverings, and other mitigations issued by the university.

VIII. Noncompliance

Failure to comply with this Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.


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