|Policy Title||Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Policy|
|Policy Category||Public Safety and Environmental Health and Safety|
|Original Policy Approval Date||August 16, 2021|
|Responsible Office||Office of the Provost|
|Related Policies||Student Immunization Policy|
This Interim COVID-19 Vaccine Policy applies to all Arcadia University (“University”) faculty, staff, and students who live, work, visit and/or attend class on University Property. See Section IV below for the definitions of capitalized terms in this Policy.
II. Policy Statement
The University is strongly committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the University community, and the most effective means to achieve both personal and collective safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is an interconnected approach, the cornerstone of which is for individuals to be fully vaccinated. While other approaches such as regular testing, masking, and educational outreach must continue, it is vitally important that the Arcadia community achieve and maintain a high-level of vaccination in order to prevent the spread and future mutations of the virus. The University remains committed to affirming the dignity, personal responsibility, and shared safety of all.
At this point in time, the University strongly urges that its students, faculty and staff meet the CDC recommendations, but is not requiring that they do so. The University, however, does reserve the right to reinstate vaccine and booster requirements, as well as require other mitigation measures, should the course of COVID change or other circumstances warrant such action.
The absence of a University requirement does not cancel requirements that may be established by external agencies, in certain fields of study, in specific areas on campus, or for global travel.
In the absence of a vaccine requirement, Arcadia will not be processing requests for COVID vaccine exemptions.
The University will be undertaking ongoing outreach and education efforts to reinforce the dignity, individual responsibility, and shared safety obligations of our community. Failure to comply with this Policy could result in limitations of access to University Property and in-person programs and activities, the institution of additional mitigation requirements as described in our health and safety guidelines, and/or, potentially, disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Handbook, the staff Progressive Discipline Policy, or Faculty Handbook, as applicable.
Vaccination data may be shared with government and public health agencies as required by law.
IV. Related Policies
Please see also the International Travel Policy and the Student Immunization Policy for additional information concerning requirements for the COVID-19 and other vaccines.
University refers to Arcadia University, its colleges, schools, affiliates, divisions, and subsidiaries.
University Property includes, without limitation, all University-owned or leased buildings and surrounding areas such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, plazas, parking lots, and garages under the University’s ownership or control, excluding public rights of way. This includes the Glenside and Christiana campuses, as well as any other University facilities in the United States.
VI. Effective Date
This Policy is effective on the date that it is signed by the President
VII. Date of Approval
October 31, 2022