COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions – Immunization
University Policy Number 1416
Policy Procedure: N/A
Related Law & Policy:
• Policy 1116: Communicable Disease Outbreak
• Policy 1406: Environmental Health and Safety
• Policy 1415: COVID-19 Public Health and Safety Precautions – Face Coverings
• Policy 6004: Immunizations Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• COVID Safety Plan
• American College Health Association
• Virginia Department of Health
This policy and related procedures are applicable to all George Mason University (“Mason” or “University”) students and employees, except that this policy does not apply to students who are only taking courses in a remote/online modality and do not physically come onto University Property or attend in person any University sponsored classes, events, programs, or activities.
II. Policy Statement
The University has determined that COVID-19 presents an ongoing risk to public health and safety of the University community.
Students are required to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1, 2021 and submit documentary proof of vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exemption. Students who enroll in the University after August 1, 2021 must be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 as of the immunization record due date for their first semester at the University, which can be found on the Student Health Services website. The University may also determine that Students are required to receive booster vaccinations for COVID-19. Any such requirement will be communicated to Students if the University determines that booster vaccinations are required. COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.
Employees are strongly encouraged to be Fully Vaccinated and receive boosters as recommended by the CDC.
Fully Vaccinated: Individuals are considered Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series FDA-approved/EUA or WHO-authorized vaccine (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose FDA-approved/EUA or WHO-authorized vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
University Property: Any Property owned, leased, or controlled by George Mason University.
Unvaccinated: Individuals are considered Unvaccinated if they are not Fully Vaccinated or have not provided the University with documentary proof that they are Fully Vaccinated.
All students must submit documentation demonstrating proof of being Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 to the Immunization Office at Student Health Services (“SHS”) by the required deadline. All immunizations must be verified by documentation. Student Health Services may require students to submit supporting documentation of immunization records. If the University determines that booster vaccinations are required, Students will be required to submit documentation demonstrating proof of booster vaccinations by the deadline set by the University.
Students seeking an exemption from this policy for a medical or religious reason must submit the medical or religious Vaccine Exemption Form by the immunization deadline using the processes provided by the University. Medical exemption requests must be signed by a licensed medical provider. Supporting and/or clarifying documentation may be requested by Student Health Services. Requests for medical exemptions shall be reviewed and decided by SHS. Requests for religious exemptions must be notarized.
Students seeking an exemption from this policy on the basis that they are taking all remote/online modality courses, will not enter onto/into University Property, and will not attend in person any University sponsored classes, events, programs, or activities must sign an agreement not to enter onto/into University Property or attend any University sponsored classes, events, programs, or activities in person. Violation of that agreement may result in disciplinary action. The exemption will be reviewed and approved or denied by the University. If circumstances change and the student wants to or needs to enter onto University Property or attend in person a University sponsored class, event, program or activity, they must comply with the vaccination requirements prior to entering University property or attending in person a University sponsored class, event, program or activity.
Failure to submit the required documentary proof of vaccination or booster or be approved for an exemption by the required date may result in a hold being placed on the student’s account, late fees, disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, and other appropriate actions. Residential students who are not in compliance will not be permitted to live on-campus.
All employees are strongly encouraged to submit documentation demonstrating proof of receiving one COVID-19 vaccination shot, being Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19, or having received a booster shot.
C. Related Public Health and Safety Precautions
Students and employees must continue to comply with University Policy 1415 regarding face coverings and all other COVID-19 safety rules, policies, and directives. Failure to comply with Policy 1415 or other COVID-19 safety, rules, policies, and directives may result in disciplinary action.
A. Effective Date:
This policy will become effective upon the date of approval by the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance and the Provost and Executive Vice President.
B. Date of Most Recent Review:
January 24, 2022
VI. Timetable for Review
This policy, and any related procedures, shall be reviewed every three years or more frequently as needed.
Senior Vice President for
Administration and Finance
Provost and Executive Vice President
Date Approved: January 24, 2022
 Students and employees who participate in university sponsored travel or study abroad programs must comply with this policy.