Mandatory Student Immunizations
Students taking six or more credits and born on or after January 1, 1957, are required to provide proof of adequate immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella before attending classes, in accordance with standards approved by the New York State Public Health Law.
New York State Public Health Law also requires that the College distribute information about meningococcal meningitis and vaccination against the disease. Additionally, the College is legally required to maintain a record of your returned response.
Although students enrolled for less than six semester hours are exempt from these requirements, immunization is strongly encouraged by public health officials. Recent high school graduates are encouraged to have copies of high school health records sent to the Office of the Registrar. All other students should have their physicians forward these records.
Nursing students must also provide proof of a yearly PPD (Mantoux) skin test for tuberculosis, yearly physical update, documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination (unless there is a signed declination statement) and proof of chicken pox, chicken pox vaccination (two shots), or a positive varicella titer. Current professional liability insurance and CPR are also required. T-dap is required every 10 years. Other requirements for nursing students can be found under the Nursing AAS program requirements.
Limited exceptions are granted for students who hold “genuine and sincere religious beliefs” that are contrary to immunization and for students for whom immunization would be physically detrimental or otherwise medically contraindicated. Students requesting exemptions shall submit a Request for Religious Exemption to Immunization form to the Office of Registration and Records. If, after review of the student's statement, questions remain about the existence of a sincerely held religious belief, Department of Health regulation [1-NYCRR, Section 66-1.3 (3)] permits the College to request supporting documents. Some examples include;
- A letter from an authorized representative of the church, temple, religious institution, etc. attended by the parent/guardian, literature from the church, temple, religious institution, etc. explaining doctrine/beliefs that prohibit immunization (Note: students need not necessarily be a member of an organized religion or religious institution to obtain a religious exemption);
- Other writings or sources upon which the student relied in formulating religious beliefs that prohibit immunization;
- A copy of any student statements to healthcare providers or school district officials or prior college explaining the religious basis for refusing immunization;
- Any documents or other information the student may be willing to provide that reflect a sincerely held religious objection to immunization (for example: disclosure of whether student/parent/guardian or other children have been immunized, student/parent/guardian's current position on allowing himself or herself or his or her children to receive or refuse other kinds of medical treatment.)