Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Action Required for Students: Submit Vaccination Documentation

Date Published: July 22, 2021

Dear Georgetown Students,

As we shared with you on April 14 and on June 23, 2021, all Georgetown students must upload proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1, 2021. Hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccines have been administered in the U.S. and around the world, and the vaccines have been found to be very safe and effective. You can learn more about how vaccines are helping ensure a full reopening of Georgetown University and keeping our community safe at our Hoya Vaxa site.

We write to provide further information about failure to comply with the University policy on COVID-19 vaccinations for on-campus students.

In the coming days, a series of reminders will be sent to students who have not uploaded their vaccination documentation. Students who do not fulfill the vaccine requirement will not be permitted to attend in-person classes, enter campus buildings or move into university-owned housing and will be withdrawn from classes.

The following actions must be taken by August 1:

  1. Submit proof of full University-recognized immunization; or
  2. Apply for medical or religious exemption; or
  3. Apply for deadline extension by emailing covidcarenavigator@georgetown.edu and submitting attestation/proof of:
    1. Lack of access to FDA or WHO-authorized vaccine.
    2. First or second dose appointment scheduled.
    3. Some international students planning to get vaccinated upon arrival to campus may fall into this category.

Students who complete the steps noted above after August 1 may experience delays in accessing housing, buildings and classes until proof of vaccination or confirmation of exemption is obtained and the student returns to good standing at the University. Students may contact their academic advisor during this period if they have missed the deadline for uploading vaccination information or providing confirmation of exemption.

On the first day of the start of classes or in-person orientation (whichever occurs first) for the Fall semester, students who do not fulfill the vaccine requirement will be officially dropped from all courses, placed on an immediate leave of absence and receive a 100% tuition refund for this semester. Once placed on leave, the University cannot guarantee the student’s class schedule, should they be allowed to re-enroll. Main Campus students and School of Medicine students will have a maximum of two years from the date of leave to request reinstatement at the University per the reinstatement guidelines for their applicable school; after that time, the student will be withdrawn from the University unless an extension of leave is approved. Law Center students will have one year from the date of leave to return and will be withdrawn unless an extension of leave is approved. If students believe this action was taken in error, they will have three business days after the first day of class to appeal the action to the applicable school dean and program director. 

The health and safety of our community are of paramount importance as the University community proceeds with a return to campus and resumption of our operations. We commend the efforts made by students, faculty and staff to date to adhere to all public health measures in place, including vaccination requirements. In particular, we wish to thank all students who have already uploaded their vaccination documentation. We look forward to a lively, productive and informative Fall semester as we resume on-campus activities.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves, Provost

Edward B. Healton, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center