July 6: Vaccination Verification Due August 16

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Life and Associate Provost; Zenobia Hargust, M.S., SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer
RE: Vaccination Verification Due August 16
DATE: July 6, 2021 at 3:30 P.M. 

What You Need To Know:

  • All students, faculty and staff are required to provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination or submit an exemption by August 16.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks through Summer Session II. After August 16, mask requirements for unvaccinated individuals will be reevaluated.
  • During the fall semester, all unvaccinated individuals and anyone who has not submitted vaccination documentation will be required to participate in arrival testing and ongoing surveillance testing.

As announced on June 10, Saint Joseph’s will require all students, faculty and staff, including those who have recovered from COVID-19, to provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination by August 16 in preparation for the fall 2021 semester. You may submit a medical or religious exemption. If you were vaccinated outside the U.S., the disclosure form will list approved vaccines. The University will also assist anyone having trouble accessing a vaccine upon arrival in Philadelphia.
 
If you haven’t already disclosed your vaccination status, you must complete the form. If you submit an exemption or if you take no action by August 16, you will be entered into campus-arrival and ongoing surveillance testing and be expected to comply with any other mitigation policies/procedures in place at that time.
 
The Centers for Disease Control website has many resources to research the safety, efficacy and benefits of vaccination.
 
Community Considerations
Through Summer Session II, despite changing guidance on masks in the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the University is following CDC guidance for institutions of higher education, which requires unvaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors. Prior to the fall semester, the University will reevaluate our policies.
 
The University supports mask-wearing for whatever reason, whether you’re unvaccinated, protecting someone you love, or simply because you feel more comfortable. Masking should not be a signal of anyone’s vaccination status.
 
Additionally, individual students, faculty and staff should not ask any member of our community about their vaccination status or prohibit involvement in any class, meeting, extracurricular activity, etc. due to known or perceived vaccination status.
 
Thank you for your support and commitment to keeping our community as safe and healthy as possible.