Update on student vaccine expectations
We are so excited to have you join us for the fall 2021 semester.
As previously communicated on Feb. 15, we are returning to Learning Mode 1 for the fall semester, in which instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person. With the increase in vaccinations and the decline of positive COVID-19 cases, we are resuming pre-pandemic operations and are looking forward to providing you with a full campus experience that will not only include in-person classes but also in-person learning opportunities, extracurricular activities and support.
As we continue preparations for fall 2021, we are writing to remind you of the university’s expectation that all students enrolled in an on-campus academic program for 2021-22 will be vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States and in other countries are highly effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and reducing the spread of the virus. The vaccine is the greatest tool available to mitigate COVID-19 and its negative health outcomes, including death, and we believe it is imperative for the health and well-being of our community for all to be vaccinated.
The vaccine is currently widely available throughout the U.S. Students are expected to be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to the first day of classes, Aug. 19. Vaccine appointments are also available through the ASU Health Center.
Once vaccinated, students should upload proof of vaccination to their ASU Health Portal. ASU will accept all COVID-19 vaccines that are approved by the World Health Organization or a national regulatory agency. Students who are unable to be vaccinated for any reason or who do not agree to share their vaccination status will be required to participate in ongoing COVID-19 health management protocols.
Unvaccinated students or those who do not share their status will be required to:
- Submit a daily health check.
- Participate in up to twice weekly COVID-19 testing.
- Wear face covers in all indoor and outdoor spaces on ASU campuses.
Fully vaccinated students who consent to share their status will not be required to:
- Submit a daily health check.
- Participate in COVID-19 testing.
- Wear face coverings indoors or outdoors, unless otherwise directed.
Any student may continue to wear face covers if they wish, and everyone is encouraged to wear face covers in crowded areas and venues.
As Sun Devils, we commit to being part of the ASU Community of Care where we take care of ourselves, one another and our community. Managing COVID-19 is both a matter of personal responsibility and public health, and we ask that you follow all protocols as they apply to our collective well-being. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, all health protocols are subject to change so please continue to monitor your university e-mail and coronavirus.asu.edu for updates.
Thank you for commitment to the ASU community and for doing your part to keep yourself and your fellow Sun Devils healthy.
Dr. Joanne Vogel
Vice president of Student Services
Posted: June 14, 2021, at 3:45 p.m.