Chestnut Hill College Announces Vaccine Requirement for Return to Campus for Fall 2021 Semester
Since the COVID-19 p和emic first sent our community home in March 2020, Chestnut Hill College (CHC) has committed to four guiding principles in decisions related to living 和 learning on campus: 1) the expertise of scientists 和 medical experts, 2) the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 和 Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), 3) the health 和 safety of our community, 4) 和 a care for our dear neighbors that grows from our mission of inclusion.
在这种精神, 和 in keeping with our previous process for decision making, the College will require COVID vaccines for all faculty, 工作人员, 和 students for Fall 2021. This includes both full 和 part-time employees (including adjuncts) as well as students enrolled in all three schools (School of 本科 Studies, School of Continuing 和 Professional Studies, School of 研究生 Studies).
While it was wonderful to have a portion of our community in-person for Spring 2021, we know that a world governed by mitigation efforts 和 social distancing is not the ideal environment for true immersion in the college experience. Vaccines not only protect the individual against contracting or being significantly ill from COVID, they also protect the community against spread. Requiring the vaccine will allow us to return to the experience our students expect at Chestnut Hill College; one that is h和s on, 个性化的, 和 marked by a highly engaged curricular 和 co-curricular experience.
As a College community, we not only recognize the personal 和 communal health benefits of 疫苗接种, we also believe the reception of the vaccine aligns with our mission as an act of mercy 和 charity for the dear neighbor. 另外, we respect the individual beliefs 和 personal circumstances of all members of our community, 和, in accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, CHC will recognize exemptions for medical 和 religious reasons. Those who choose to remain unvaccinated will be required to submit an exemption request form 和 must continue to wear face coverings on campus in accordance with CDC guidance.
The complete Chestnut Hill College COVID-19 疫苗接种政策, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available online at http://www.myclaritysolutions.com/vaccination-policy.
Key details are outlined below:
- 学生, 教师, 和 Staff are required to submit either proof of 疫苗接种 or a completed exemption form. Detailed instructions 和 a secure upload form will be available under the Vaccine link in the left navigation on the MyCHC homepage. The upload form went live on myCHC on Monday, July 12. The deadline for submission of either proof of 疫苗接种 or exemption form for students was August 15 和 deadline for faculty/工作人员 was August 2. If you have not submitted your proof of 疫苗接种 or 疫苗接种 exemption, please do so immediately.
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, 和 Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) are accepted. International students who have received a vaccine approved in their home country should provide this documentation for assessment on a case-by-case basis.
- 根据PDPH, 所有个人, 接种疫苗或不, will be required to wear face coverings while on campus.
- Occupancy limits 和 social distancing guidelines will be lifted for Fall 2021.
额外的资源, including links to the Center for Disease Control, as well as local guidance, have been compiled on our CHC COVID-19 Resources page.
For additional questions related to CHC’s return to campus or 疫苗接种 policy, please contact COVIDVaccine@myclaritysolutions.com.