As you are aware, Springfield College will require that all students intending to study on our main campus in Springfield for fall 2021 receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to their arrival to campus. This requirement is consistent with the recommendation of the American College Health Association and a similar requirement at state universities in Massachusetts. I am writing to share additional information and answer your questions about this requirement.
I’m vaccinated, how do I submit my proof?
You can email a picture (jpg) or scan (pdf) of your vaccination card.
Are there exceptions to the vaccine requirement?
Pursuant to state law, students may apply for medical or religious exemptions. Students should follow the same process they have used to be exempted from the other vaccines that are required to attend Springfield College. A medical exemption will be provided when certification is made, in writing, by a health care provider who has personally examined the student and in whose opinion the physical condition of such student is such that their health would be endangered by vaccination against COVID-19. A religious exemption will be provided when a student states, in writing, that such vaccination would conflict with their religious beliefs.
Will there be restrictions for students who aren’t vaccinated and have an exemption?
Students who are formally exempted from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement due to medical or religious reasons will be required to wear masks in all classes and seminars. Also, they will likely be unable to participate in activities that require close contact, including intercollegiate athletics, club sports, intramurals, Pre-Camp, Cultural Connections, Alternative Spring Break, Outdoor Pursuits, and other activities or on-campus employment that involves close contact with other individuals.
Students can begin to submit their proof of vaccination immediately. The deadline for submission is Aug. 6, 2021.
We look forward to being fully back on campus in the fall (pending continuing progress regarding the pandemic). I wish everyone a great summer following a challenging, but ultimately successful, year.
Patrick G. Love
Vice President for Student Affairs
Director, Student Affairs Administration graduate program
(he, him, his)
o: (413) 748-3100 c: (732) 543-4853 Twitter: @pglove33