5.12.1 Immunizations

A. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for any requirements the University establishes regarding immunizations.

B. Persons Affected

This policy applies to students, faculty and staff.

C. Definitions

N/A

D. Policy and Procedures

Institutions of higher education may require persons applying for admission to be immunized against diphtheria, rubeola, rubella, mumps, tetanus, and poliomyelitis. The Texas Board of Health may require immunizations against these and additional diseases for registrants at any institution of higher education who are pursuing a course of study in any of the human or animal health professions. The Board may require such immunizations for any registrants in times of an emergency or epidemic in a county where such an emergency or epidemic has been declared by the Commissioner of Health. Nursing and allied health students are required to show proof of immunization to tetanus/diphtheria, rubella and hepatitis B and, if born after January 1, 1957, to measles and mumps.

Students may obtain information from the Office of Student Services regarding:

  1. the consequences of not being current on immunization for certain diseases;
  2. the age groups most vulnerable to these vaccine preventable diseases; and \
  3. local providers of immunization.

E. Responsibilities

The Chief Student Affairs Officer is responsible for this policy.

F. Review

This policy shall be reviewed every five years by the following stakeholders:

Chief Student Affairs Officer

Director of Student Services

Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

ORIGINALLY APPROVED:  12/01/2001

LAST AMENDED:  04/13/2011