[Last updated Oct. 8] 

COVID-19 Comprehensive Vaccination

Like many colleges, Franklin & Marshall recognizes that comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination will be the most effective way for our community to enjoy a safe and robust on-campus experience. 

In accordance with the recommendation of the American College Health Association (ACHA), F&M requires all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Faculty, professional staff, and contractors working part-time or full-time at F&M also have a vaccination requirement.

While we are hopeful that a vaccinated community will require fewer mitigation strategies and campus restrictions, we will continue to monitor updated CDC and ACHA recommendations regarding COVID-19 testing and mitigation.

 

Franklin & Marshall College COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Students

Franklin & Marshall College requires all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Students who do not provide proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine must receive a College-approved vaccination exemption for religious or medical reasons prior to their arrival on campus. Students who do not receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine or an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption will not be permitted to live or study in residence at F&M.

Important Deadlines

  • June 30, 2021: Deadline for requesting a religious or medical vaccination exemption. (View the “Vaccination Exemption” section below for more information and links to COVID-19 vaccination exemption request forms.)

  • August 1, 2021: Deadline for providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination by submitting a scanned copy or photo of your completed vaccination card to studentwellness@fandm.edu.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement and Submission Process

Will the College require students to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before coming to campus for the 2021-22 academic year?

Yes. After careful consideration, and in accordance with the recommendation of the American College Health Association (ACHA), F&M will require all enrolled students present on campus to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
 

How should students submit proof of vaccination to the College, and what is the deadline to do so?

Once students are vaccinated, they must submit a scanned copy of their completed COVID-19 vaccination card to the Student Wellness Center (SWC) at studentwellness@fandm.edu. (NOTE: Students who submitted their vaccination card prior to the vaccination requirement announcement do not need to resubmit proof of their vaccination.)

Students will need to provide proof of having received their final dose of the vaccine (second dose for two-dose vaccine or one dose for single-dose vaccine) by August 1.  

Students who are only partially vaccinated will need to participate in the College’s entry and ongoing testing protocols until they are fully vaccinated; those protocols include, for example, wearing masks, physical distancing and other measures as appropriate.


What should a student do if they lose their vaccination card before submitting a copy to the SWC?

Students who have lost their vaccination card or do not have a copy should contact their vaccination provider directly to access their vaccination record. Students who cannot contact their vaccination provider directly can contact their state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). State IIS information is available on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems.

If a student enrolled in v-safe or VaxText, they can also access their vaccination information using those tools.
 

What COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be required of students who arrive on campus without having completed their vaccination? 

Students who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated (with an approved exemption) are encouraged to send a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within the 72 hour period prior to their arrival. Otherwise, they will need to participate in the College’s entry testing upon arrival followed by modified quarantine until they receive a negative test result. 

Students who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated (with an approved exemption) will also need to participate in ongoing testing and follow F&M’s safety protocols (for example, wearing masks, physical distancing and other measures as appropriate) until their vaccination process is completed.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Students Living Outside the U.S.

What COVID-19 vaccines may be used to fulfill the College’s vaccination requirement?

Students must receive a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), such as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine OR a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL), such as Astrazeneca and Sinopharm / BIBP.
 

What happens if a student received a vaccine that has not been authorized by the FDA or WHO?

Students may be on campus only if they receive an FDA-authorized vaccine or WHO-authorized vaccine (or have an approved exemption). Students are discouraged from receiving a vaccine not authorized by the FDA or WHO. Students who have already received a vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA or WHO will be required to participate in entry and ongoing testing and follow F&M’s safety protocols. 

For individuals who will not have access to an authorized vaccine before their arrival to campus, F&M will have authorized vaccines available on campus. These students will need to follow the mitigation protocols for unvaccinated students, including entry testing / modified quarantine, ongoing testing, and masking, until they have completed the vaccination process.

 

Vaccination Exemption 

Students who are approved for a COVID-19 vaccination exemption based on medical or religious circumstances will be required to participate in entry and ongoing testing as well as follow F&M’s safety protocols (for example, wearing masks, physical distancing and other measures as appropriate).
 

Will medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement be granted?

Yes. In accordance with legal requirements, F&M will support students who have approved medical or religious exemptions by allowing appropriate access to on-campus activities that meet CDC mitigation recommendations and by providing and requiring an appropriate COVID-19 testing program.
 

How does a student request an exemption from the vaccination requirement? Is there a deadline?

Students who want to request a religious or medical vaccination exemption must submit the following COVID-19 vaccination exemption request forms:

  1. Request for Medical Exemption from COVID-19 Vaccination OR 

  2. Request for Religious Exemptions from COVID-19 Vaccination

The fall 2021 deadline for students to submit their vaccination exemption request forms was June 30, 2021.
 

Who will review the requests for a religious or medical vaccination exemption?

Vaccination exemption requests will be reviewed by medical staff, the Office of Student Affairs, and/or the Office of Faith and Meaning. 
 

If an unvaccinated student does not request an exemption or their exemption request is denied, will they be allowed on campus?

No. Only students who have been either fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated and are awaiting their second dose, and those who have received an approved exemption, will be able to live and learn on campus.

If you have additional questions or concerns related to the College’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement or exemption process, please contact COVID19vaccination@fandm.edu
 

Do students living off campus and commuters need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students living off campus and commuters will still be present on campus for classes and activities, and therefore will need to be vaccinated.
 

Are students on leave from the College required to be vaccinated?

No. Students on leave will not be required to be vaccinated as they are not currently enrolled at the College and will not be on campus. 
 

Will students who are spending the semester abroad and not on campus need to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students planning to study abroad will need to be vaccinated. Students already out of the United States who will start their study-abroad experience this fall must be vaccinated prior to returning to campus.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination for Employees

Is the College requiring faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Yes. Franklin & Marshall is requiring all College employees to receive, and to provide proof of having received, a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 

Where should fully vaccinated faculty and staff submit proof of vaccination?

Faculty and staff should submit proof of vaccination by sending a scanned copy of their completed vaccination card to Human Resources at HR@fandm.edu by August 20.
 

Will medical and religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement be granted?

Yes. In accordance with legal requirements, F&M will support employees who have approved exemptions by allowing appropriate access to on-campus activities that meet CDC mitigation recommendations and by providing and requiring an appropriate COVID-19 testing program.

Employees who want to request a religious or medical vaccination exemption should fill out this exemption form.

Unvaccinated employees with an approved vaccination exemption are required to follow mask-wearing and other protocols comparable to those for unvaccinated students. Unvaccinated employees without a vaccination exemption are not permitted on campus.
 

Who will review the requests for a religious or medical vaccination exemption?

Vaccination exemption requests will be reviewed by Human Resources.
 

Do fully vaccinated employees still need to participate in the College’s testing protocol?

No. Fully vaccinated employees will not be required to participate in entry testing or ongoing testing.

 

Resources for Vaccination Information

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the effectiveness and safety of COVID-19 vaccination, we recommend the following resources: