Apr. 6, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas — St. Edward's University's Covid-19 vaccination policy is aligned with federal, state, and local laws and committed to ensuring the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff, campus guests, and the greater Central Texas community.
The policy announced on Monday, March 29 provides exemption pathways supporting student and employee choices related to religious beliefs, underlying medical conditions, and concerns associated with Emergency Use Authorization. The university is following similar procedures for documentation and exemption submission as those established by the Texas State Legislature and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for meningitis vaccinations (THECB Rules, Chapter 21, Subchapter T, §21.612, §21.613, and §21.614).
In compliance with the Governor of Texas' Executive Order GA-35, issued April 5, 2021, the university's policy will not deny services to those submitting documentation or a qualifying exemption. Qualifying exemptions for students include declining to provide the university an individual's Covid-19 vaccination status. In accordance with CDC guidelines, regional health authority guidelines, and external medical advisors, vaccination and exemption status is instrumental in supporting testing protocols, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation management protocols. We will continue to communicate our evolving health and safety policies and clarify any questions for our students and community as we work to ensure the safe expansion of in-person learning, teaching, and student on-campus residency.