Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Marquette implementing a vaccination requirement for students?

Being together in community and providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities is foundational to a transformative Catholic, Jesuit education at Marquette. We based this decision on scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective at reducing transmission of the virus, which is more likely to happen in shared spaces where students live and gather. A vaccinated student population allows us to provide a richer in-person experience, reduce testing and let our students interact more freely across campus. We recognize that their time at Marquette is a special one in our students’ lives, and we want to give them the best possible experience. We made this decision after consulting with health experts and based on scientific evidence of the efficacy of vaccines in reducing transmission of the virus. Vaccination aligns with our Catholic, Jesuit mission, and helps protect your health and well-being and that of the Marquette and broader communities.

This decision has been endorsed by the university’s COVID-19 Response Team, the University Academic Senate Executive Committee, the Staff Senate and the Graduate Student Organization. University leadership also consulted with the Marquette University Student Government Executive Board before making this decision, and will be continuing to work alongside them as well as other student leaders to ensure that all students’ needs and interests are fully represented and supported.

 

Proof of Vaccination Status

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What constitutes official proof of vaccination?

Official documentation (i.e., the vaccination card you received from the provider who administered your vaccine) that shows an FDA- or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination can also be obtained from your state immunization registry or the provider that administered the vaccine.

How do I upload my vaccine card?

Students and faculty and staff can upload their vaccine dates and record of vaccination on the MU Patient Portal (mymedicalclinic.mu.edu). You will need to enter your vaccine dates under the “Immunizations” tab and upload a copy of your vaccine card or other proof of vaccination under the “Upload” tab.

Which COVID-19 vaccines meet the vaccination requirement?

Currently the list includes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac-CoronaVAC.

What should I do if I lost my vaccination card?

Proof of vaccination can be obtained from the provider that administered the vaccine or your state immunization registry and can be uploaded in lieu of the vaccination card. 

How can students living outside the U.S. get vaccinated and show proof of vaccination?

Students currently living outside the United States who are unable to meet the Aug. 1 vaccination deadline may submit an extension request by emailing immunizations@marquette.edu by Aug. 1 to request the form. For students living outside of the United States who are granted this extension, there will be mandatory testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival at Marquette.

As of July 1, 2021, the following WHO approved vaccines will be accepted: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson and Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac. Learn more at the WHO website.

The CDC requires that all individuals traveling to the United States have a negative test 1-3 days before their departure to the United States. CDC guidelines require that unvaccinated individuals traveling to the United States who receive a negative test result 3-5 days after arrival quarantine for 7 days after their arrival. Unvaccinated individuals who do not test must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. For those who are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends testing 3-5 days after arrival, and self-monitoring for symptoms, but no quarantine.

Students living outside the United States should contact the Marquette Medical Clinic at (414) 288-7184 with questions.

I live outside the United States and have received a vaccine that is not authorized by the FDA or WHO. What should I do?

The Marquette Medical Clinic and Office of International Education will help students who do not have access to an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine or who have had a vaccine that has not been approved to get an authorized vaccine.

Do fully vaccinated individuals have to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening process?

For students, once your vaccination forms are submitted and verified, you will no longer be required to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening. Those who request and are granted an exemption will continue to receive COVID Cheq daily. Faculty and staff who are vaccinated and upload their vaccine information and vaccine card will not be required to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening process once the vaccination has been validated by the Medical Clinic staff. This could take up to two weeks due to expected volume. This protocol will go into effect July 19, but you can upload your vaccination information at any time. You will continue to receive and are expected to complete COVID Cheq until at least July 19.

COVID Cheq will continue to be required to enter the libraries, Marquette dining halls, the recreation facilities and other venues. As of July 19, students, faculty and staff whose vaccine status has been validated by the Medical Clinic will receive an email each day with a “Green Badge” and will no longer need to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening. Individuals who become symptomatic will be required to resume symptom screening through COVID Cheq.

In cases where a vaccinated faculty, staff or student is exposed to someone with COVID, and has been notified as such by the Medical Clinic through our contact tracing process, daily symptom tracking will be required for two weeks. Individuals who become symptomatic will be required to resume symptom screening through COVID Cheq.

If a student, faculty or staff member who has been exempt from the daily screening process becomes symptomatic, COVID Cheq daily symptom tracking is required. In cases where a vaccinated faculty, staff or student is exposed to someone with COVID, and has been notified as such by the Medical Clinic through our contact tracing process, daily symptom tracking will be required for two weeks.

I've received my first dose, but was unable to schedule my second before August 1. Can I get an extension on the August 1 deadline?

If you have completed your first dose of COVID vaccine and have entered and uploaded the information on the patient portal then you will be considered compliant by August 1st.

Since there is a wait time between doses you will remain compliant until your 2nd dose due date comes up. If that date passes and we have not received your 2nd dose then your account will show you as not compliant.

In the meantime, you are not considered fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after your 2nd dose of vaccine. During this time you should continue to follow CDC guidelines for unvaccinated individuals. You may also be subject to mandatory testing during this time.

 

Compliance and Exemptions 

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How can a student get an exemption from the vaccination requirement?

In alignment with our current vaccination policy, vaccine exemptions will be granted for medical, religious and personal conviction reasons. Please contact immunizations@marquette.edu by Aug. 1 to request an exemption. Please allow up to two weeks for a response after making a request for an exemption.

When e-mailing immunizations@marquette.edu, students should include their name, MUID #, and which type of exemption they are requesting (medical, religious, or personal conviction). We will then respond to them with the correct form.

What constitutes a “personal conviction?”

Students who request an exemption based on their personal beliefs must complete and submit an exemption form that requires them to 1) acknowledge the availability of a vaccine; 2) acknowledge the public good of being vaccinated; 3) acknowledge the personal risks of not being vaccinated; and 4) signing (or if a minor, having parent/legal guardian sign) the form to request the exemption based on their personal beliefs.

If a student is approved for a vaccine exemption, what will they be required to participate in related to COVID mitigation on campus?

Students who are granted an exemption will be required to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening process, participate in surveillance testing, quarantine for 14 days if contact tracing determines they came into close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, and any other university-wide protocols related to COVID-19 mitigation.

While there will no longer be a mask requirement in place, we support guidance from health officials that mask wearing indoors decreases the spread of COVID-19. We encourage members of our community who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised or at high risk for COVID-19 complications to continue wearing a mask while indoors.

What if a student doesn’t comply with the vaccination requirement?

Students starting in the fall who do not complete the vaccination process by the August 1 deadline and who have not requested and been granted an exemption will not be allowed on campus as students (granted visitor status only) and will be removed from fall 2021 class registration.

Does the vaccine requirement apply to all members of the Marquette community?

No, the vaccine requirement is for all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who will be attending Marquette University classes during the 2021-22 academic year.

We are not requiring that faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, but we are strongly encouraging they do so for their own safety and well-being and to help protect their colleagues, our students and the broader community. Faculty and staff members who are enrolled in classes must meet the vaccination requirement.

If a student has only received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, can they still attend classes for the fall semester?

No. All students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) who will be attending classes during the 2021-22 academic year must receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Aug. 1, 2021. This will ensure at least two full weeks after your completed vaccination series before move-in begins to ensure you are fully vaccinated.

You are considered fully vaccinated after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or longer after you have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Do students who will be starting classes on campus in the spring 2022, not fall 2021, need to be fully vaccinated by August 1?

Students who will not be starting classes on campus until spring 2022 will need to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022, (i.e., two weeks or longer prior to the start of spring classes).

All of my classes are fully online. Am I exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

Students in the following programs who are only enrolled in fully online classes and no have no campus requirements are exempt from the vaccine requirement:

  • BCOM-BA-O (Business Communication)
  • BUAD-BS-O (Business Administration)
  • BUAD-MBA-O (MBA)
  • COMP-MS-O (MS in Computing)
  • DTSC-CER-O (Certificate in Data Science)
  • DTSC-MS-O (MS in Data Science)
  • FINA-MSF-O (Master of Finance)
  • HCDA-MS-O (Health Care Data Analytics)
  • LEDR-CER-O (Certificate in Leadership)
  • MACD-MCD-O (Master of Christian Doctrine)
  • MGMT-MIM-O (Master in Management)
  • STCM-BA-O (Strategic Communication)

Do students who are enrolled in online courses need to meet the vaccination requirement?

If any portion of a student’s coursework or co-curricular experience requires them to be on campus at any time, they must meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

I am enrolled in a COOP/internship/clinical program/student teaching etc. this semester and will not be on campus. Am I exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

Students enrolled in these programs, while not physically on campus, are active students in corporate, educational or clinical settings, and the vaccine is required.

 

Faculty and Staff

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Why is there no vaccination requirement for faculty and staff?

Because transmission of the virus is more likely to happen in shared spaces where students live and gather, we are not requiring that faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, but we encourage you to get vaccinated for your own safety and well-being and to help protect your colleagues, our students and our broader community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone should receive the vaccine as soon as they can.

Do faculty or staff members who are fully vaccinated need to notify the university of their vaccination status?

We strongly encourage faculty and staff to upload their proof of vaccination status. If you are a faculty or staff member who has been fully vaccinated, please upload your vaccine information via the MU Patient Portal (mymedicalclinic.mu.edu) as soon as possible. You will need to enter your vaccine dates under the “Immunizations” tab and upload a copy of your vaccine card under the “Upload” tab.

Faculty and staff who are vaccinated and upload their vaccine verification forms will not be required to complete the daily COVID Cheq process—instead, they will automatically receive a “Green Badge” each day. The Green Badge will be required to enter the libraries, Marquette dining halls and the recreation facilities.

Marquette will continue to comply with all applicable privacy, confidentiality and public health laws relating to collection and maintenance of health-related records. The university recognizes the importance of protecting private health information and will protect faculty, student and staff privacy by limiting what sensitive information is collected, who has access to it, how it is used and how long it is retained to the extent possible while protecting public health.

If faculty/staff have been vaccinated on campus do they need to upload their vaccination card or is it already in the system?

Yes, faculty/staff who were vaccinated on campus and wish to have their vaccination status on file will still need to upload their information. You can upload your vaccine dates and record of vaccination on the MU Patient Portal. You will need to enter your vaccine dates under the “Immunizations” tab and upload a copy of your vaccine card or other proof of vaccination under the “Upload” tab. Official documentation (i.e., the vaccination card you received from the provider who administered your vaccine) that shows an FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination can also be obtained from your state immunization registry or the provider that administered the vaccine.

Are faculty and staff members who are enrolled in classes at Marquette required to be vaccinated?

Yes, the vaccine requirement is for ALL students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who will be attending Marquette University classes during the 2021-22 academic year, regardless of Marquette employment status.

If an employee is immunocompromised, what is the process to request an ADA accommodation?

 

Privacy

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Does the university already require vaccines?

Yes, Marquette already requires certain vaccines for students. All newly admitted and readmitted students are required to complete the Immunization History and Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire on the MU Patient Portal. Already required are the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Varicella (chickenpox), and adult Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) vaccines.

Will students be required to display on their person or otherwise show proof of vaccination status (e.g., “vaccine passports”)?

No. Like all other required student vaccine records, your COVID-19 vaccination status will only be recorded and maintained via the secure Medical Clinic Patient Portal. Once your vaccination forms or exemptions are submitted, no student will be asked or compelled to share their vaccination status beyond that.

Additionally, for those who are vaccinated, once your vaccination forms are submitted and verified, you will no longer be required to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening process as of July 19—instead, you will automatically receive a COVID Cheq “Green Badge” each day. The Green Badge will be required to enter the libraries, Marquette dining halls and the recreation facilities.  Students who are granted an exemption will continue to receive COVID Cheq daily.

Will instructors ask students about their vaccination status?

No. Like all other required student vaccine records, COVID-19 vaccination statuses will only be recorded and maintained via the secure Medical Clinic Patient Portal. Instructors may request to see a student’s COVID Cheq status.

Can students ask instructors to disclose their vaccination status?

No. COVID-19 vaccination statuses will only be recorded and maintained via the secure Medical Clinic Patient Portal.

Will students who live in the residence halls be informed of their roommates’ vaccination status?

No. Like all other required student vaccine records, COVID-19 vaccination statuses will only be recorded and maintained via the secure Medical Clinic Patient Portal.

How will Marquette protect my privacy?

Marquette will continue to comply with all applicable privacy, confidentiality and public health laws relating to collection and maintenance of health-related records. The university recognizes the importance of protecting private health information and will protect faculty, student and staff privacy by limiting what sensitive information is collected, who has access to it, how it is used and how long it is retained to the extent possible while protecting public health.

When a faculty or staff member provides vaccine information to the MU Medical Clinic, who will have access to that information?

Vaccine information provided to the MU Medical Clinic is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The COVID Cheq application will be linked to vaccine status as recorded in the MU Medical System (Medicat), to determine if the employee is no longer required to get the daily COVID Cheq questions.

If a faculty or staff member is exposed at work and is subsequently quarantined by the MU Medical Clinic based on the results of their contact tracing, the individual may upload a copy of their vaccine card to the MU Medical Clinic for the purpose of being exempt from the quarantine order. The MU Medical Clinic will “clear” the quarantine but will not be disclosing why the quarantine was lifted for a particular faculty or staff member nor will the MU Medical Clinic be sharing confidential health or vaccine information with supervisors. Those who have had quarantine requirements “cleared” by the MU Medical Clinic will be required to inform their supervisor of the clearance though they are not required to inform supervisors of the reason they were cleared.

Will vaccination status affect Residence Life roommate decisions?

Housing assignments will be completely random unless the student selects a preferred roommate. Vaccine status is not information that the Office of Residence Life will have access to, nor could share, during the assignment process.

 

Health and Safety

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Vaccines aren’t 100% effective. What else will the university be doing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

We support guidance from health officials that mask wearing indoors decreases the spread of COVID-19. We encourage members of our community who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised or at high risk for COVID-19 complications to continue wearing a mask while indoors. Further, we are planning additional COVID-19 mitigation measures including continued contact tracing, free symptomatic testing for students, surveillance testing and daily symptom screening for students who are granted a vaccine exemption. Unvaccinated individuals will also need to quarantine for 14 days if they are close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Per CDC guidelines, individuals who are fully vaccinated and who come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 but are not symptomatic are not required to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals will need to quarantine for 14 days if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, according to the CDC, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Contact the Marquette Medical Clinic if this scenario applies to you and will impact your ability to be fully vaccinated by the August 1 deadline. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Would an unvaccinated student with recent, demonstrable proof of antibodies be exempt from the vaccine requirement?

No, proof of antibodies will not exempt an unvaccinated student from the vaccine requirement. The decision to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students was based on scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective at reducing transmission of the virus. A vaccinated student population allows us to provide a richer in-person experience, reduce testing and let our students interact more freely across campus.

Do fully vaccinated individuals need to wear a mask on campus?

In alignment with the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s action to end the citywide mask requirement, Marquette University has eliminated our on-campus mask requirement, effective June 1. While we have ended our mask requirement on campus, we support best practice guidance from health officials that indoor mask wearing can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and we encourage those members of our community who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised or at high risk for COVID-19 complications to continue wearing a mask while indoors.

Note: Mask wearing is required in health care settings, including on-campus clinics, and in all modes of public transportation including Marquette LIMOs.

Will vaccinated students still have to participate quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19?

No – students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and do not have symptoms of COVID-19, and will no longer be required to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening.

Please note - students who are granted an exemption rather than receiving the vaccine will be required to complete the daily COVID Cheq screening process, participate in surveillance testing, quarantine for 14 days if contact tracing determines they came into close contact with someone infected with COVID-19, and any other university-wide protocols related to COVID-19 mitigation.

While there will no longer be a mask requirement in place, we support guidance from health officials that mask wearing indoors decreases the spread of COVID-19. We encourage members of our community who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised or at high risk for COVID-19 complications to continue wearing a mask while indoors.

Can I receive my vaccination on campus?

The Marquette Medical Clinic has the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available until June 20.  Please call 414-288-7184 to schedule an appointment. See where else you can get the COVID-19 vaccine near campus.

You can also receive the vaccine at a location convenient to your permanent place of residence. Given the limited number of students on campus this summer, proof of vaccine status is not required for limited in-person summer classes. Note that clinical sites and other Marquette partners and affiliated organizations with which students have direct contact may have their own vaccination requirements.

Who is liable if a student gets the vaccine and they experience side effects?

As is the case with the other vaccines required by the university, all liability rests with the individual receiving the vaccine (or, if a minor, the individual’s parent or legal guardian).

Will there be a booster shot requirement?

Marquette’s decision to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students was made in consultation with health experts, and there is no current guideline or recommendation for booster shot requirements. The university will continue to update students should this requirement be put in place.

How can the university mandate vaccines that are not yet fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration (i.e., they have only received Emergency Use Authorization)?

Marquette is just one of many universities nationwide requiring vaccinations for its students. Vaccination aligns with our Catholic, Jesuit mission, and helps protect your health and well-being and that of the Marquette and broader communities. We based our decision on scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective at reducing transmission of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone should receive the vaccine as soon as they can.

In alignment with our current vaccination policy, vaccine exemptions will be granted for medical, religious and personal conviction reasons. Please contact immunizations@marquette.edu to request an exemption. Please allow up to two weeks for a response after making a request for an exemption.

Will there still be space requirements for classrooms and conference rooms in Fall?

Effective June 1, the City of Milwaukee lifted capacity restrictions. Current in-person summer classes are set for physical distancing and will remain that way for the duration of the class. Capacity restrictions in classrooms and conference rooms will return to their pre-COVID capacities in the Fall.

Will I be able to have guests from other residence halls this year?

Yes, outside guests and inter-hall visitation (guests from other residence halls) will be permitted this year. All residents and their guests must adhere to all typical residence hall rules for visitors.