Vaccinations are critical for our campus to return to a sense of normalcy. Please get vaccinated if you have not done so already, and upload your vaccination documentation ASAP. Waivers are available for medical or religious reasons. Those who submit waivers will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. UMW will also provide an opt-out waiver for students who will never access any UMW campus, facility, or in-person event this year; however, the University will not provide separate online options for in-person classes for students who do not wish to receive the vaccine.
Submission of vaccine cards or waiver is REQUIRED for students and strongly encouraged for employees.
For students and student workers who have completed the vaccine protocol, upload your card here:
For students who have had only one of two vaccines or have not started the process, please complete this form, then upload a vaccine card when completed. (Detailed instructions about the COVID vaccine and uploading your card or submitting waivers can be found here.)
For employees (faculty and staff only; not student workers), upload your vaccine status here:
Message From Spring 2021
With the end of the spring semester and the celebration of our graduates complete, we now turn our attention to the fall semester. In some respects, we are all beginning anew, so we will provide COVID-related communications throughout the summer and we invite you to reach out with your questions and concerns.
The goal for fall is to return to the time-honored UMW experience: in-person interactions with classmates and professors, participation in unique traditions, and involvement in myriad activities, clubs and athletic events.
To achieve that end, we have determined that in addition to working with local, state and federal health guidelines as well as the guidance from the American College Health Association for fall 2021, we will also require that all students be fully vaccinated before the start of fall 2021 classes. While more details will be developed as we work to implement this requirement, there are actions you need to take now:
Here’s What Students Should Do Next:
- If you cannot obtain a vaccine through vaccines.gov or your local health department, UMW will work with local health providers to assist students in gaining access to the vaccine.
- Vaccinations will be required of all returning students with proof of vaccination to be provided by July 15, to the Student Health Center (SHC).
- Vaccinations will be required of all new students with proof of vaccination to be provided by August 1, to the SHC.
- Once a vaccination has been verified by the SHC, vaccinated students will no longer be required to participate in entry or weekly prevalence testing or the daily email attestation on symptoms.
If Students Must Seek a Waiver:
- Exemption waivers are permitted for medical reasons (form completed by a physician) or religious reasons in accordance with the state’s Certificate of Religious Exemption (Form CRE-1). Completed forms will be submitted online to the SHC as part of the student’s health record.
- All students who file a medical or religious waiver will need to participate in entry and weekly prevalence testing as well as daily attestation in the Eagle Health Journal.
- UMW will also provide an opt-out waiver for students who will never access any UMW campus, facility, or in-person event this year; however, the University will not provide separate online options for in-person classes for students who do not wish to receive the vaccine. UMW Academic Services will work with these students on an alternative academic plan. Options might include substituting existing online UMW classes, identifying transferrable classes at other institutions, or deferring enrollment to a future semester.
Importantly, access to residence halls (for residential students) and University IT systems (for residential and nonresidential students) will be prohibited until either a vaccination record or a waiver is filed and verified.
Vaccination offers the clearest and quickest path for a return to the engaged campus environment that we have been missing for the last 15 months. The evidence continues to accumulate that vaccinations are extremely effective at halting the spread of COVID-19 and minimizing the severe cases requiring hospitalization. UMW’s decision to require student vaccinations is consistent with existing practices which require vaccination for other vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g. mumps, measles, rubella), supported by the American College Health Association, and consistent with the Virginia Attorney General’s interpretation that colleges and universities may require student vaccinations.
What About Employees?
If all students are required to be vaccinated, unless otherwise exempted, what about employees? Our employees take vaccination seriously and we have already verified that over two-thirds of our employees have been vaccinated. We are planning for a fall with the presumption and expectation that all employees will get the vaccine. Vaccinated employees who have not yet done so, should upload a copy of their vaccine card here. Unvaccinated faculty and staff will still be subject to daily attestation and other preventative measures, including weekly COVID testing.
Throughout the summer we will continue to provide further details as our fall plans emerge and respond to changing conditions. The University’s website will provide ongoing updates and information, so please refer to it often. Follow the Vaccination FAQ here and please direct any further questions about this policy to COVIDVaccination@umw.edu.
While we can anticipate that the virus will be with us for some time and there will be some restrictions and precautions, a fully vaccinated campus community is the single most important thing we can do to minimize those restrictions and provide the high quality in-person experience that we value. We look forward to reopening campus and reinstituting the experiences that are uniquely UMW’s.