Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

The COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, as well as at preventing serious illness even in those who do get COVID-19. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect our community are the best protection from COVID-19 available to us, and will allow Lewis & Clark to return as much as possible to the pre-pandemic, in-person instruction and activities that are the hallmark of a Lewis & Clark education. Therefore, all Lewis & Clark students will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend Lewis & Clark beginning Fall 2021. This policy is being announced well in advance of the Fall semester so that students and their families have the opportunity to gather information, consult with their medical providers if they so choose, and make informed choices for themselves.

Policy

Proof of vaccination is required for all students in the 2021-22 academic year. (This requirement applies equally to those who have already had COVID-19.) Any vaccine authorized for use by the World Health Organization is acceptable. For students receiving a vaccine that requires two doses, they must receive both doses of the vaccine in order to meet this requirement.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the full number of doses of the relevant vaccine at least two weeks prior to arriving on campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Students will need to document vaccine dates and upload vaccination documents in the College’s confidential and secure Health Information Portal.

Students who arrive without having completed a full vaccination regime will be required to begin (or continue) their vaccination process upon arrival to campus. The Lewis & Clark Health Service expects to be able to provide vaccines to students who wish to obtain a vaccine from the Health Service and/or will work with students to facilitate vaccination off-campus. Until full vaccination is documented, students may be subject to enhanced testing or other requirements or restrictions to support community health.

All students will need to have completed a full vaccination regime, or have an approved exemption, by October 15, 2021. Students who have neither been fully vaccinated nor received an exemption by the October 15 deadline may be subject to disciplinary action, registration holds, or other requirements or restrictions to support community health.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement from the Health Service for medical or non-medical (e.g., religious) reasons as provided in Oregon and federal law:

  • Students who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption from the Health Service. The process to request a medical exemption will require the student to provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.
  • Students seeking a non-medical (e.g. religious) exemption may request such an exemption from the Health Service and will be required to provide sufficient information to support the request, as well as either 1) signed documentation from a health care practitioner that the practitioner has reviewed with the student the risks and benefits of immunization or 2) certification of having completed a COVID vaccine educational module approved by the Lewis & Clark Health Service.

The process for seeking an exemption will be made available on the Health Service webpage. Exemption requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

This vaccination requirement applies to all students attending Lewis & Clark, including those in both degree and non-degree granting programs. However, this requirement does not apply to programs that are fully online or for which physical presence on campus is not necessary, such as the Law School’s fully online LLM program in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law and certain licensure and endorsement programs at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

The College will work with students who may have received a vaccine not approved by the World Health Organization in order to assure compliance with this policy, as necessary. International or other students abroad who have received a vaccine not approved by the World Health Organization should contact Health Service staff or their health care provider for consultation prior to taking any action to attempt to comply with this policy.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Wellness Services at covid19info@lclark.edu.

Updated April 30, 2021