I. Purpose

The University of Hawaiʻi’s (the “University”) highest priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our campus community as it prepares to fully reopen its campuses. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are highly effective at preventing COVID-19, as well as at preventing serious illness even in those who do contract COVID-19. As such, a fully vaccinated campus community enables the best opportunity for a healthy return to high-quality face-to-face teaching, learning and research. For these reasons, the University is requiring that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to the provisions and exemptions set forth in this policy.

II. Definitions

  1. Fully Vaccinated: Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if it has been two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). This guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use listing (“EUL”) by the World Health Organization (e.g., AstraZeneca/Oxford, Serum Institute of India, Sinopharm, and Sinovac as of July 2, 2021).
  2. Partially Vaccinated: Individuals are partially vaccinated for COVID-19 if (1) it has been LESS THAN two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or LESS THAN two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen), or (2) they have only received one dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
  3. Student: Student means any person enrolled in any credit or non-credit class at the University on a part-time or full-time basis.

III. Policy & Program

Effective January 3, 2022, the University is requiring that all Students be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to entering any University campus or any University facility or office (collectively, “University Site”), subject to the following provisions and exemptions. Nothing in this policy is intended to alter or excuse University requirements for in-person attendance relating to education or employment.

  1. Students
    1. All Students must provide verification of being Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 before entering a University Site in accordance with Section III.B., Verification of Vaccination & Submission.
    2. Any Student who has not provided verification of being Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 may still enter a University Site provided that they both (1) request and are approved for an exemption as set forth in this policy, and (2) provide proof of a current negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving at a University Site in accordance with Section III.C., Exemptions and Testing Requirement for Less Than Fully Vaccinated Individuals.
    3. There is no vaccination requirement or COVID-19 testing requirement for Students who enroll only in online courses; only engage with student services online; and only participate in virtual student activities.
    4. Non-vaccinated students and less than Fully Vaccinated Students, regardless of test result (i.e., even if the test is negative), may be ineligible for some educational activities (e.g., clinical and field work), that may prevent them from completing educational requirements, employment opportunities, and/or participation in certain face-to-face activities.
    5. Any Student who is Partially Vaccinated may still enter a University Site provided that they provide proof of (1) Partial Vaccination and (2) a current negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving at a University Site in accordance with Section III.C.2., Testing Requirement.
    6. Students who (1) are less than Fully Vaccinated, do not have an approved Exemption, and do not comply with the Testing Requirement, or (2) are Partially Vaccinated and do not comply with the Testing Requirement, may not enter any University Site, may be disenrolled from in-person courses without tuition reimbursement, and may be subject to appropriate corrective actions for a violation of the student conduct code if they enter a University Site.
    7. Students in University resident halls may be required to submit to additional surveillance testing when COVID-19 cases arise.
    8. Students who provide false documentation will be subject to Executive Policy (“EP”) 7.208, the Systemwide Student Conduct Code.
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    The graphic shows the requirements of the student requirements for classes if a student is vaccinated or not. The same information is detailed in the text.

     

  3. Verification of Vaccination & Submission
    All Students must provide verification of their current vaccination status by uploading a photo of their vaccination record and the requested information to LumiSight UH while signed in with their UH ID.
  4. Exemptions and Testing Requirement for Less Than Fully Vaccinated Individuals
    1. Exemptions: Medical and/or non-medical/religious exemptions from this policy may be requested consistent with state and federal law by submitting an Exemption Request Form (See Student COVID-19 Medical Exemption (PDF) and COVID-19 Religious Exemption Request Form).
      1. Medical Exemptions: Students who are not able to be vaccinated for a medical reason may seek a medical exemption and shall provide supporting documentation from a health care provider.
      2. Non-Medical/Religious Exemptions: Students may seek a non-medical/religious (e.g., religious) exemption and shall provide sufficient information to support the request.
      3. A person who is granted an Exemption may be required to adhere to additional rules, including non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g., wearing a mask or personal protective equipment, physical distancing, quarantining upon exposure to someone else with the illness, or no/limited entry into certain facilities, spaces, or learning opportunities until they are Fully Vaccinated).
    2. Testing Requirement:
      1. Any less than Fully Vaccinated Student, prior to entering a University Site, must receive proof of a current negative COVID-19 test from a UH-recognized testing facility. The length of validity of a negative test result will depend on the type of test. At this time the following tests are approved:
        1. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test: Negative test results valid for 7 calendar days;
        2. Rapid Antigen Test: Negative test results valid for 3 calendar days; and
        3. Any other testing protocol approved by the UH Health Committee.
      2. All test results must be uploaded to a Student LumiSight UH account for verification purposes.
  5. Vaccination and Testing Sites
    This policy does not apply to those Students entering a University Site for the sole purpose of participating in a University-sponsored COVID-19 testing or vaccination program for that identified date(s), time(s), and location(s).
  6. Privacy
    Information under this policy is classified as “Regulated” under EP 2.214 and shall be managed and controlled consistent with that classification. The use, storage, privacy and security of data under this policy shall be in accordance with EP 2.210 and EP 2.214-217.
Last modified: December 29, 2021