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8.14 / Meningitis Vaccination for Students Living in University Residence Halls

Purpose:
The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy with regard to meningitis vaccinations for students living in University residence halls in response to and in compliance with the requirements of Board of Regents policy.

Preamble: 
In September of 2005, the Kansas Board of Regents adopted a policy mandating all state universities to put in place policies and procedures effective as of the fall semester of the 2006-2007 academic year requiring that all incoming students residing in University housing be vaccinated against meningitis. This policy statement is intended to comply with Regents policy. 

Policy Statement:

1.  Each first-time resident of a University residence hall shall be required to complete and submit either a:

  1. Proof of Meningitis Vaccination within fifteen (15) days of occupancy of a University residence hall. This documentation must be in the form of an official vaccination record.
  2. Meningitis Waiver Form indicating the wish to refuse to be immunized against meningitis within fifteen (15) days of occupancy of a University residence hall.

2.  Any first-time resident who does not complete and submit a Proof of Meningitis Vaccination or a Meningitis Waiver Form within fifteen (15) days of occupancy of a University residence hall shall be referred to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. 

Implementation:
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

The Vice President for Student Affairs shall have primary responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.

Effective Date: 
February 1, 2006

Revision Date:
January 18, 2011

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