4.10 Board of Regents Immunization Policy

4.10-1 Board of Regents Immunization Policy

University System Board of Regents Policy requires that all new students submit proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) prior to attending classes. At the University of Georgia, this documentation must be received and verified prior to registration of classes. Please see: http://www.uhs.uga.edu/appts_forms/immunizations.html.

Exceptions are made for students who have religious objections and students whose physicians have certified that they cannot be immunized because of medical reasons. Exemptions may also be made for students who receive instruction solely via a medium which does not require physical attendance on either a University System campus or an off campus site. The latter exemption is void should the student register for classes on campus or at an off campus site.

In recent years there have been an increasing number of requests from faculty to exempt students from this requirement for other reasons. Most often the exception is requested because the student arrives on campus without the necessary documentation showing proof of immunization.

The University Health Center, which is charged with accountability for implementation of this policy, is requesting that faculty who work with special student populations during the admissions process stress the importance of meeting the immunization requirements prior to arriving on campus. Hopefully, this will help to ensure the student is ready to complete the registration process upon arrival on campus. In those instances where it has not been possible for the student to meet this requirement prior to arrival on campus, the health center will assist the student by administering the MMR vaccine or performing blood titer to verify immunity. Rather than calling the health center to request an exception, please advise the student to come to the health center patient registration desk located in the main lobby for assistance in meeting this requirement. Health center staff are available to assist students with this process Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

For additional information, you may call the Medical Records Manager at (706) 542-8617.

Sources:
University Health Center, March 18, 2003
Board of Regents Policy Manual, § 4.8