This policy identifies required Immunizations for students at Nevada State College, as well as the process for documenting these Immunizations.
Immunity: Protection from an infectious disease.
Immunization: Process through which a person is made Immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a Vaccine by a licensed medical provider.
Vaccine: Substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide Immunity against a disease; typically administered via injection, but may also be administered via mouth or nasal spray.
As of Fall 2020, Nevada State College requires proof of required Immunizations for two groups of students: 1) new first-time and transfer students entering their first term at the College and 2) any students, regardless of academic standing or status, who are approved to live in campus residential housing.
These two groups must provide proof that they have received the following Immunizations:
A. Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) Vaccine; the first dose must be on or after the student’s first birthday;
B. One dose of the tetanus/diphtheria (Td or TDAP) Vaccine, taken in the last ten (10) years;
C. All incoming first-year students who are under twenty-three (23) years of age must also provide proof of Immunization for meningococcus. The meningococcal Vaccine must have been administered when the student was sixteen (16) years of age or older.
Required Immunizations are subject to change according to federal and state law. If additional Immunization requirements are imposed by law after a student has enrolled at Nevada State College, the student must provide updated documentation in a timely manner indicating the student has met the new Immunization requirements. The College may set deadlines for presenting updated documentation; students who do not meet these deadlines will not be allowed to register or enroll for the following term.
Students should contact their medical provider or a Southern Nevada Health District Vaccination Clinic to inquire about scheduling any needed Immunizations.
The following are accepted by Nevada State College as proof of Immunization:
Students shall submit Immunization documentation records to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment via email (email@example.com), in person, or by mail.
The Office of the Registrar shall retain Immunization documentation records for all matriculated students (e.g., upon enrollment and attendance) and will retain the records for three (3) fiscal years after the fiscal year of graduation or for three (3) fiscal years after the year of the student’s last term of active enrollment.
New first-year or transfer students who do not submit all required Immunization documentation will not be allowed to register or enroll in classes after their first term of enrollment at Nevada State College.
Students approved to live in campus residential housing will not be issued a key until all required Immunization documentation is received.
A student shall not be required to provide proof of Immunization if any of the following apply:
A. The student (or, if the student is a minor, the student’s parent or guardian) submits a written statement indicating that the student’s religious beliefs prohibit Immunization;
B. The student (or, if the student is a minor, the student’s parent or guardian) submits a statement written by a licensed physician who has examined and/or treated the student, stating that the student has a medical condition that prevents the student from being Immunized to the extent required;
C. The student is enrolled only in online/distance education programs and does not attend any class sessions on campus.
Nevada State College shall keep all written statements related to exemptions on file for three (3) fiscal years after the fiscal year of graduation or for three (3) fiscal years after the year of the student’s last term of active enrollment.
In the case of a public health outbreak, non-Immunized students will not be admitted onto campus (including residential housing associated with the College), regardless of exemption status. Such removals do not warrant a refund of tuition, fees, or expenses related to housing.
All students enrolled in health care fields of study or teacher education programs are required to provide documentation of Immunization and health screenings (e.g., tuberculosis test) as established by applicable state licensing agencies or clinical or fieldwork placement sites.
Academic programs or campus-sponsored activities may require additional Immunizations if students may be at increased risk of exposure (e.g., study abroad programs).
Students should contact the specific program supervisor for information on any additional required Immunizations or screenings.
Based on American College Health Association guidelines, Nevada State College also recommends that students be Immunized against the following:
Students should contact a medical care provider or a Southern Nevada Health District Vaccination Clinic to discuss appropriate Immunization schedules and any medical conditions that might prevent the student from receiving a particular Immunization.
Office of Admissions & Recruiting
Andrea Martin, Director
Approved by Dr. Vickie Shields, Provost, October 21, 2019.
Approved by Mr. Bart Patterson, President, October 22, 2019.