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The University will continue to update the campus community as new and relevant information or policy developments arise.

Vaccine Requirements for Fall 2021 Semester

Dear Students:

Maintaining the health and safety of our campus community continues to be our top priority as we prepare to fully reopen La Roche University this August. 

It is our goal to provide you with a full, traditional university experience, and a high vaccination rate on campus will allow us to safeguard our community as we resume normal campus operations.

Based on guidance from state and federal public health authorities, La Roche will require all enrolled student-athletes and resident students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, effective this fall semester.

Please carefully review the information regarding this new policy.

What is the deadline for getting vaccinated?

Students should start their vaccination process no later than Monday, July 26, which will provide enough time for acquiring both doses (if using a two-dose vaccine) and the necessary two weeks to reach full immunity prior to returning to campus. 

Students should make every effort to complete their vaccination before the start of the semester. However, for students who are unable to obtain a vaccine over the summer, the University will schedule a vaccine clinic on campus. Information on how to schedule an appointment through the clinic will be provided closer to the start of the new academic year. 

Please visit the Vaccine Resources page for information on how to get vaccinated.

How do I prove to La Roche that I am vaccinated?

In order to provide proof of your COVID-19 vaccine, you must submit a photo of your Vaccination Card to the Housing Portal. Follow the instructions below:

  • Visit my.laroche.edu/housingportal.
  • Log in to your housing Self Service with your University username and password.
  • Select Applications on the left side of the screen.
  • Click COVID-19 Vaccination Record (Fall 2021).*
  • The website will prompt you to sign a COVID-19 vaccination acknowledgement form. You also will need to answer a series of questions.
  • Upload the photo of your Vaccination Card using this file name: COVID_19_Vaccine_Card.
  • Click Submit.

*If you do not see the COVID-19 Vaccination Record (Fall 2021) option on your Self Service screen, or if you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life: 412-536-1195 or reslife2@laroche.edu.

Contact the Student IT Help Desk at 412-847-2300 if you do not know your La Roche log-in credentials.

Will there be exemptions to COVID-19 immunization?

Consistent with federal and state law, La Roche will consider medical exemptions to the vaccine requirement for athletes and resident students. These students will be required to submit a waiver before the start of the semester.

What if I don’t get vaccinated?

La Roche will require unvaccinated students to undergo COVID-19 testing 3-5 days prior to move-in. Unvaccinated students are responsible for all fees associated with testing. You must send COVID-19 test results to the Chief Pandemic Safety Officer prior to move-in.

Throughout the semester, random testing may be required for those who are not vaccinated. Any fees associated with testing will be the responsibility of the student.

The University also will have designated living areas in Peters Hall and Bold Hall for unvaccinated students. Unvaccinated students will be restricted from visiting other residence halls or rooms of vaccinated students.  

In order to live together in the same room, students must be vaccinated to stay in the room assignment. Those who are not vaccinated will have designated living space, and roommates may need to change based on vaccination status.  

If students who are not vaccinated contract the COVID-19 virus, all associated costs such as for testing, quarantine and/or isolation and medical treatment will be their sole responsibility. Students who must leave prior to the end of semester due to COVID-19 sickness, and who have not provided the University proof of vaccination, will not be eligible for refunds on housing and dining fees. For all of these reasons, obtaining the vaccine will be beneficial for students, whether they live on or off campus. 

Will the vaccine be mandated for students working or visiting the residence halls?

Any student working or visiting the residence halls, which are designated for vaccinated students, must be vaccinated themselves.

Will La Roche accept proof of vaccination obtained in another country?

Yes, if the vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). If the vaccine has not been approved by the WHO, La Roche will follow the Pennsylvania guidelines on whether to accept proof of vaccination from another country.

I commute to campus and do not play a sport. Am I required to get the vaccine? 

While the vaccine requirement only applies to residents and athletes, we highly encourage all students to get the vaccine. The La Roche community rallied last year in extraordinary circumstances, and we learned how best practices keep us all safe. The best practice now is to acquire the vaccine so that we can gather for the classes, events and everyday moments that make up the La Roche experience.    

Will certain majors be required to get the vaccine? 

At this time nursing majors who are scheduled for clinical experiences must be vaccinated. 

Will vaccines be required to participate in Study Abroad + Study USA trips? 

La Roche continues to monitor the possibility of Study Abroad+Study USA travel by following guidance from all relevant authorities, including the U.S. Department of State and the CDC.

As we work toward a return to travel, most international destinations will require vaccines. As a result, all students and employees who apply for study abroad programs must show proof of being fully vaccinated at the time of their application.

What are the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

This new requirement is a key factor in the University’s ability to lift nearly all campus-wide COVID-19 restrictions, including masking and physical distancing. A vaccinated population will allow us to safely return to our typical campus operations where in-person classes, clubs, dining and residences can resume without restrictions.  

The COVID-19 vaccinations currently authorized by the FDA are safe and proven to be extremely effective in preventing transmission of the virus. In the rare instances in which a vaccinated individual contracts COVID-19, the vaccine significantly mitigates its effects.

If exposed to a positive case, those who are vaccinated will not need to quarantine.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.


Sincerely,

Rosemary D. McCarthy, PhD., RN

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

and Dean of Graduate Studies and Adult Education

Chief Pandemic Safety Officer