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MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

September 21, 2021
 
MARTIN UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY

 

At Martin University, part of our mission is to provide a “healthy collegiate environment” for students, faculty, and staff.  Consistent with that mission, Martin University has adopted this Mandatory Vaccination Policy (“Policy”) to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff from COVID-19 who come to campus, work on campus, and attend class in person.

 

This Policy complies with all federal, state, and local laws and is based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Health and Human Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other public health and licensing authorities as applicable.

 

APPLICABILITY

This Policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff.  Effective November 8, 2021, all Martin University students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and submit proof of same to Martin University’s Director Of Human Resources via e-mail to muhealth@martin.edu.  Proof of vaccination should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 8, 2021.  No additional medical information beyond proof of vaccination should be provided, nor will it be requested.

 

In accordance with CDC guidelines, a person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 once it has been at least two (2) weeks since receiving the last required dose of the vaccine. (For example, a person who receives the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose, and a person who receives the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single dose.) Students, faculty, and staff should note that some COVID-19 vaccines may require two or more doses multiple weeks apart before the recipient is considered fully vaccinated, and thus students, faculty, and staff should ensure that they are able to receive all required doses by November 8, 2021.

 

EXEMPTION REQUESTS

Students, faculty, and staff with a medical condition or religious objection may be exempt from this Policy and should contact Martin University’s Director Of Human Resources to obtain either the Medical Exemption Request Form or the Religious Exemption Request Form.  Students, faculty, and staff requesting a medical or religious exemption must submit their requests no later than October 18, 2021, to allow time for review prior to November 8, 2021.  Each request will be carefully reviewed by Martin University’s Director Of Human Resources and may involve an interactive process if questions arise during the review process.

 

Martin University may provide an exemption to this Policy for students, faculty, and staff who have a documented medical reason that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  To apply for a medical exemption, students, faculty, and staff and their medical provider must complete the Medical Exemption Request Form and return it to Martin University’s Director Of Human Resources.  Martin University reserves the right to request additional medical documentation supporting the need for this exemption.  Martin University will keep confidential any medical information obtained in connection with a request for medical exemption request.  Once the completed Medical Exemption Request Form is returned to the Director Of Human Resources, Martin University will review the exemption request, engage in the interactive process, and provide a final decision regarding the medical exemption request.

 

Martin University may provide an exemption to this Policy for students, faculty, and staff with sincerely held religious beliefs, observances, or practices that conflict with receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.  To apply for a religious exemption, students, faculty, and staff must complete the Religious Exemption Request Form and return it to Martin University’s Director Of Human Resources.  Martin University reserves the right to request additional documentation supporting the need for this exemption.  Personal and/or philosophical reasons for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will not be granted.  Once the completed Religious Exemption Request Form is returned to the Director Of Human Resources, Martin University will review the exemption request, engage in the interactive process, and provide a final decision regarding the religious exemption request.

 

Martin University will review each request for a medical or religious exemption and will make determinations as expeditiously and in a fair and non-discriminatory manner on a case-by-case basis.  Students, faculty, and staff will be informed of the exemption determination and may be contacted if questions arise or additional information is needed during the review process.  

 

Students, faculty, and staff who receive an approved medical or religious exemption will be required to follow Martin University protocols for unvaccinated individuals.  An approved medical or religious exemption does not allow faculty and staff to work entirely remote.

 

COMPLIANCE

Faculty and staff not in compliance with this Policy will not be allowed on campus after November 8, 2021, and maybe placed on unpaid leave until their employment status is determined by Martin University.  Failure to comply with this Policy could lead to corrective action up to and including termination of employment.  Students not in compliance with this Policy will not be allowed on campus after November 8, 2021, and maybe suspended until their status is determined by Martin University.  

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION/NON-RETALIATION

As stated in its other policies, Martin University does not discriminate against its students, faculty, staff, or applicants with regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability and genetic information (including family medical history), or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  Martin University also accommodates disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs to the extent required by law and prohibits retaliation for any conduct protected by applicable law. Although an accommodation request may be denied (or an alternative, modified accommodation will be offered) if it poses an undue burden on Martin University and/or presents a direct threat to the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, or others, Martin University will not retaliate against any student, faculty, or staff merely for requesting an accommodation.
 

POLICY MODIFICATION

Governmental and public health guidelines and restrictions regarding COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines have and will continue to change as new information becomes available.  Martin University reserves the right to modify this Policy at any time in its sole discretion to adapt to changing circumstances consistent with its mission to provide excellence in educating and developing traditional and non-traditional students in an inclusive, supportive, and healthy collegiate environment.

Download and complete the Vaccine Survey and return to: muhealth@martin.edu