Consolidated USMH and UM Policies and Procedures Manual


(Approved by the President August 1, 1991; revised June 1, 2000; amended February 4, 2014)

  I. Policy

	The University enforces a mandatory pre-matriculation immunization requirement to reduce the 
        incidence and risk of vaccine-preventable disease in the university community. This policy 
        meets the regulatory requirements of the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental 
        Hygiene. It is also consistent with the recommendations for pre-matriculation immunizations of 
        the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Center for Disease Control 
        and Prevention, and the merican College Health Association.

 II. Applicability.

	This policy applies to all undergraduate and graduate degree and non-degree seeking students, 
        regardless of credit hours, taking courses on campus at the University's main campus or any of 
        its satellite locations. Students taking courses online, overseas, or at their place of employment 
        if employment is off-campus, are exempt from this policy.

 III. Immunization Requirements.

	A. All students to whom this policy applies shall be required to provide proof of 2 MMR immunizations 
        or 2 measles, 1 mumps, 1 rubella and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Td/Tdap) within the past 10 years. 
        These immunization requirements do not apply to students born before 1957. Students living in 
        on-campus residence halls must also provide proof of meningococcal vaccine within 5 years of 
        matriculation, or sign the waiver on the University's immunization form.

	B. An immunization form must be completed and returned to the Health Center prior to the first day of 

	C. Students in noncompliance with this requirement shall be unable to drop/add classes or register 
        for their second semester. This restriction shall be lifted by the University Health Center upon 
        receipt of the required information or the granting of an approved waiver as described in Section D.

	D. Exemptions:

	1.  A student who objects to immunization upon the grounds that it conflicts with his or her 
            bonafide religious beliefs and practices may not be required to present a physician's certificate 
            of immunization in order to register for classes. A religious exemption may be obtained by 
            submitting the request to the Director of the Health Center. In case of an epidemic or disease 
            outbreak, declared by the State of Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene or his/her 
            designee, the student must be immunized or not attend classes or functions on campus until 
            the outbreak has resolved.

	2.  A student may be exempted from an individual vaccine-specific immunization requirement 
            if he or she presents a written statement from a licensed physician or a local deputy state 
            health officer indicating that immunization is medically contraindicated. The physician's 
            statement shall state whether the contraindication is permanent or temporary. If temporary, 
            the physician must provide a date by which the student will receive the vaccine and provide 
            documentation when the immunization has been completed. Should there be an epidemic or disease 
            outbreak that is pertinent to the student's immunization status, the student cannot attend 
            classes or functions on campus until the outbreak has resolved.

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