Vaccination/Testing Requirement for Students with In-Person Classes or Activities

Students who live in on-campus housing, student-athletes, and students who participate in certain academic programs are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All other students with any in-person courses or who participate in on-campus activities must either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo a weekly COVID-19 test. See below for more details.

COVID-19 Vaccination or Mandatory Weekly Testing

Students who are not required to be vaccinated but who have any in-person courses or participate in on-campus activities must either (1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and report their vaccination status through EMU’s Vaccine Certification system or (2) undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Get Vaccinated and Avoid Mandatory Weekly Testing

Students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and report their vaccination status through EMU’s Vaccine Certification system are not required to undergo mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing. Students who fail to report their vaccination status to the University are presumed to be unvaccinated and must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. All members of the campus community are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

There are many opportunities to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, including pop-up clinics that the University periodically holds on campus throughout the year. You may learn more here about where to obtain a free COVID-19 vaccine.

Mandatory Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Students

Students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or who fail to report their vaccination status to the University) but who have any in-person courses or participate in on-campus activities must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Although there are limited exemptions to this requirement (see the “Limited Exemptions” section, below), there are no accommodations available from this weekly testing requirement based on medical necessity or sincerely-held religious belief because students who are required to test have chosen to do so in lieu of vaccination.

Students subject to regular COVID-19 testing will be notified of their testing requirement through their EMU e-mail. Free testing is available at EMU’s on-campus testing center or students may upload test results received from an outside entity (EMU will not pay for testing that occurs off-campus). At-home testing is not available.

Some student populations may be required to undergo more frequent testing if they participate in an activity with a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19. Those students will be notified of their additional testing requirement through their EMU email account. 

Limited Exemptions to the Student Vaccine/Testing Requirement

There are rare cases in which unvaccinated students are exempt from the mandatory weekly testing requirement:

  • Students are not required to be vaccinated or test weekly if they are not enrolled in any EMU courses with an in-person on-campus component and are not subject to a vaccination mandate as part of another University program. This exemption is limited. For example, students who live in on-campus housing must be vaccinated against COVID-19 even if they are enrolled in exclusively online courses.

  • Students who have a verifiable case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days will not be subject to testing under this program for 90 days from the date of their positive test. The prior COVID-19 test must be verified by EMU Telehealth. At the end of the 90-day period, we hope that you will choose to be vaccinated but, if not, you will need to resume weekly testing.

Please note that there are no accommodations available from this weekly testing requirement based on medical necessity or sincerely-held religious belief because students who are required to test have chosen to do so in lieu of vaccination.

 

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