Effective August 1, 2021

Last Revised May 27, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Required

Beginning January 15, 2022, Whitman College requires that all students, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated with a booster dose and submit proof of vaccination to come to campus. 

Volunteers must also be fully vaccinated with a booster dose and show proof of vaccination. Campus access for volunteers should be requested through the appropriate cabinet member.

New students, employees and volunteers:

Exemptions

Those who are not fully vaccinated with a booster dose and plan to be on campus for any reason must have an approved exemption. Whitman faculty, staff and students may apply for the following types of exemptions:

  1. Medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and booster
  2. Religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and booster
  3. Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) exemption from the booster

Anyone who already received an approved medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination will automatically receive a corresponding exemption for the booster requirement and does not need to reapply.

To apply for a new COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster exemption, students, faculty and staff must submit documentation that includes the following:

  • For medical exemptions, submit a letter from a licensed medical provider indicating that because of your individual risk factors they recommend that you not be vaccinated for COVID-19 at this time.
  • For religious exemptions, submit a letter stating that you practice a religion that does not allow its practitioners to receive any of the currently available COVID vaccination on religious grounds.
  • For the EUA exemption to the booster, submit a letter stating that you intend to wait to receive the booster until any one of the booster vaccines has received regular use authorization from the FDA. Anyone granted this exemption will be required to receive a booster dose as soon as the EUA has been lifted for any of the available COVID-19 vaccines.

All requests for exemption must be reviewed and approved before you are able to come to campus. For employees all requests will be reviewed by human resources. For students, medical exemption requests will be reviewed by student health services, and other exemption requests will be reviewed by the dean of students office. All exemptions where denial is recommended will also be reviewed by one or more members of the president’s cabinet.

If a student, faculty or staff member is not vaccinated and/or boosted for COVID-19 and has an approved COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster exemption, they will be expected to:

  • Maintain 3 feet of physical distance from others indoors and outdoors
  • Self-monitor on a daily basis to ensure that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the past 14 days.