Immunization Policy

Purpose

The College Student Immunization Act (110 ILCS 20) requires Illinois colleges and universities to provide proof that their students have been immunized against the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases around campus and to the surrounding community. (See, 77 Ill. Admin Code 694). Saint Xavier University is committed to ongoing compliance with this law. As a result, it is the responsibility of all students who desire to attend the University, and to whom the law pertains, are to abide by the immunization requirements identified below prior to registration and enrollment.

Requirements for Domestic Students

Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled, or who are scheduled to enroll, in more than six credit hours per semester must show compliance with both of the following:

  1. Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines on or after the age of 12 months, which were administered at least 28 days apart

    OR

    Proof of two measles vaccinations, one mumps vaccination and one rubella vaccination (if measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations were not given as part of a combined MMR vaccine), and
  2. Proof of Tetanus (Td or Tdap) vaccine administered within the last 10 years. 

In order for a student to be considered in compliance, proof of these vaccinations must be clearly documented on a Certificate of Immunity form and be on file at the SXU Health Center prior to the student’s ability to attend classes.

Requirements for International Students

International students who are enrolled, or who are scheduled to enroll, must show proof of compliance with the following requirements required vaccines and tuberculosis screening within 10 days of arrival on campus.  These requirements are:

  1. Proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines on or after the age of 12 months, which were administered at least 28 days apart,

    OR

    Proof of two measles vaccinations, one mumps vaccination and one rubella vaccination (if measles, mumps and rubella vaccination was not given as part of a combined MMR vaccine), as well as proof of a tuberculosis screening; and
  2. Proof of any combination of THREE OR MORE doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTP or DTaP); pediatric Diphtheria and Tetanus (DT); or adult Tetanus, Diphtheria and/or Pertussis vaccine (Td or Tdap).  The most recent dose must have been received within the last 10 years.

Note: Tuberculosis screening must be completed at the SXU Health Center within 10 days of a student’s arrival on campus.  If the SXU Health Center clinical staff determines that the student is at high-risk for the contraction of tuberculosis, the student will need to undergo appropriate testing for tuberculosis exposure and disease.  This may include, but is not limited to, tuberculosis skin testing, interferon-gamma release assay laboratory testing and a chest x-ray. In addition, until and unless the student is determined to be non-infectious, he/she will be restricted from attending classes and campus activities.

In order for a student to be considered in compliance, proof of these vaccinations need to be clearly documented on a Certificate of Immunity form and be on file at the SXU Health Center prior to the student’s ability to attend classes.

Statutorily Authorized Exceptions

Illinois law has permitted the following exceptions:

  1. Students born before January 1, 1957, have a presumed immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella and therefore do not need to provide proof of these vaccinations. However, these students are still required to show proof of a Tetanus (Td or Tdap) vaccine in the last 10 years.
  2. Students taking six or less credit hours per semester and/or students not attending any classes on campus (i.e. all internet-based classes) do NOT need to provide proof of immunity. However, if at any time a student registers for more than 6 credit hours in one semester and/or begins attending class on campus, they will need to show proof of immunity.
  3. Students may request a medical or religious exemption to vaccine requirements.  These students will be excluded from campus and class during any outbreak of measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus or diphtheria due to potential health risks.  Contact the SXU Health Center for more information what is required for such exemption.

Consequences of Noncompliance

Failure to comply with immunization and TB screening requirements will prevent students from attending, adding or dropping classes during the current semester, and/or registering for classes during subsequent semesters. Once a valid Certificate of Immunity is reviewed and approved by clinical staff at the SXU Health Center, the block on registration and/or attendance will be lifted from your account.
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