Since Monday, April 19, 2021, vaccines have been available to all adults in the U.S. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s data, more than 122 million U.S. residents have been fully vaccinated, or 37 percent of the country’s population. The increased vaccination rates have played a decisive role in decreasing the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, neighbors and guests remains at the forefront of our decision-making. Given these developments, the University will require all students who are in person this Fall to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to being on campus. This policy will go into effect on August 1, 2021. There is only one exception for students to come to campus if they have not been fully vaccinated, and that is to receive a vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Being fully vaccinated means that two or more weeks have passed since receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or since receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine. Students who complete a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine will comply with the University’s immunization requirement. Students must provide proof of being fully vaccinated prior to arriving on campus. Students will not be permitted to live in on-campus housing until they are fully vaccinated and provide proof of the same. This applies to international students as well who cannot become fully vaccinated in their home countries prior to arriving on campus.
The University will provide vaccinations, free of charge, to students who can present to the vaccination clinic located at 508 W Street NW, Washington, DC 20059 – the Numa P. Adams Building.
Please note that while students with approved medical or religious exemptions for the COVID vaccination requirement will be allowed to attend classes on campus (following appropriate safety protocols), they will NOT be permitted to live in on-campus housing.
The Office of Residence Life will provide information about potential off-campus housing options; however, students will be solely responsible for securing their own off-campus housing arrangements.