You can now add the University System of Maryland to the growing list of universities that will require students to have COVID-19 vaccines this Fall. Below is a statement made on the school’s website.
For Fall 2021, the University System of Maryland and UMBC are requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff who are on a Maryland campus.
For UMBC, this includes all UMBC operated property, including but not limited to UMBC’s campus, the Columbus Center, the Lions Brothers Building, Choice satellite offices, and bwtech@UMBC North and South. This also includes UMBC students, faculty, and staff at the Universities at Shady Grove.
The University will provide medical and religious exemptions to this vaccination mandate, as provided for under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Medical Exemptions will be granted to an individual whose physician documents a diagnosis of one of the conditions the CDC considers a contraindication for the COVID-19 vaccination. Contraindications include a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose or to a component of the COVID-19 vaccine, an immediate allergic reaction of any severity to a previous dose or a known (diagnosed) allergy to any component of the vaccine. If there is difficulty or delay in obtaining written documentation because of pandemic-related circumstances, an explanation of the difficulty and authorization to speak with the healthcare provider may be provided.
Please keep in mind that the CDC recommends that individuals with most pre-existing conditions receive the vaccine to protect their health and safety. More information from the CDC is available here.
If you would like to submit a request to be granted a medical exemption, please download this form. Both you and your physician will need to complete and sign the appropriate sections. When it is complete, please upload using the button below.
UMBC is committed to building an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.
If you object to immunization because it conflicts with your sincerely held religious beliefs and practices, you may apply for a religious exemption.
Your religious exemption request should include why you are seeking a religious exemption, the religious principles that guide your objection to immunization, and to indicate whether you are opposed to all immunizations. If you are not, please provide the religious basis on which you object to COVID-19 immunization. You will have the opportunity to provide supporting materials.
If you would like to submit a request to be granted a religious exemption, please download this form. You will need to complete and sign the appropriate sections. When it is complete, please upload using the button below.