Seattle University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO authorized vaccine unless the individual has an approved authorized exemption (medical and religious accepted).
The purpose of the vaccine requirement is to help protect the health and safety of the Seattle University community and general public by preventing the transmission of COVID-19 through effective and safe authorized vaccines and to allow the University to engage in in-person instruction, lectures, research, operations, co-curricular activities and other activities by being a “fully vaccinated campus” under Governor Inslee’s Proclamation for Institutions of Higher Education (20-12.3).
This requirement applies equally to those who have already had COVID-19.
Any vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. is acceptable as well as those vaccines outside of the US with EUL (emergency use listing) from the WHO. The full number of doses of the relevant vaccine must be completed at least two weeks before arriving on campus. The current list of accepted vaccines is shown on the online registration form.
To comply with the policy:
*FYI COVID-19 vaccine compliance is managed through the COVID management team and measles compliance is managed by the SHC through the patient portal. Both COVID-19 and Measles exemptions are managed by the Student Health Center.
Students and employees may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical and strongly held religious reasons.
Exemption process for students
Safety requirements for students with accepted COVID vaccine exemptions and who are not fully vaccinated WILL include face covering requirements per the SU Face Covering Policy. Other requirements may include:
Students who do not comply with the required safety requirements will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct & Integrity Formation. Disciplinary measures for non-compliance may include a loss of campus housing, campus access restrictions, educational measures, suspension, or other actions
International students are encouraged to complete their vaccination series prior to arriving in Seattle and can receive any vaccine currently approved by the World Health Organization, including:
For more information and status of vaccine approvals, please go to the WHO COVID-19 vaccine status.
As a reminder, all international travelers, regardless of immunization status, are required by the State Department to be tested for COVID-19 prior to their arrival in the United States. All students arriving from international locations will need to repeat COVID-19 testing 3-5 days after arrival.
International students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to self-quarantine upon arrival and if their post-arrival COVID-19 test is negative they may end quarantine after 7 days. Students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine but will still need to have a post-arrival COVID-19 test. Students can receive a COVID-19 test through the Student Health Center. Schedule an appointment by calling 206-296-6300.