COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Starting in June 2021, Lawrence University requires all students 16 and older accessing or living on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who have previously tested positive should still be vaccinated unless they are currently ill. Requirements are subject to change following in CDC recommendations. 

Lawrence University accepts all domestic and international COVID-19 immunizations. Benefits of being fully vaccinated with COVID-19 immunization include: 

  • Immunity against the COVID-19 virus (vaccines are very effective but do not provide 100% immunity). 
  • Exemption from asymptomatic surveillance testing.  
  • Exemption from quarantine after known exposure to COVID-19 if without symptoms. 
  • The ability to gather unmasked in closed door spaces with other fully vaccinated people following capacity guidelines. 
  • Travel without quarantining after travel. 

Fully vaccinated people should continue to: 

  • Follow Lawrence University’s Campus Community Pledge
  • Wear a mask and physically distance while in public spaces. 
  • Practice good hand hygiene. 

Information for Students 

Students need to complete the recommended number of doses of vaccine and be fully vaccinated (having all doses for at least 2 weeks) before joining the campus community. Students are required to provide immunization records to Wellness Services (wellnessservices@lawrence.edu). Students living on and/or accessing campus over summer 2021 are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Wellness Services by June 1, 2021. Students coming to campus for fall 2021, should complete the full COVID-19 vaccination series at least 2 weeks before coming to campus for Fall Term 2021. Any students needing assistance to be vaccinated should contact Wellness Services for support. 

Students are allowed to complete and submit a waiver form if unable to be vaccinated. Acceptable reasons for exemption from vaccination are for medical reasons, religious belief or personal conviction. If students cannot complete the required vaccines, a waiver form must be returned to Wellness Services. Note that students who have not been immunized may be excluded from class and residence halls if an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease occurs on campus. 

The University currently requires enrolled students to be immunized for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, flu, and tetanus. We strongly recommend students also receive meningitis vaccines. 

Students that do not provide documentation of immunization or immunization waiver will face disciplinary action. 

Information for Faculty & Staff 

Faculty and staff should provide immunization records to Human Resources (humanresources@lawrence.edu). Some university activity will be restricted to vaccinated employees only. Faculty and staff may also contact Wellness Services for assistance in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. 

April 2021