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This policy is designed to comport with Section 23-25 of the Code of Virginia in regard to full-time students enrolled at Longwood for the first time. These students must have a health history which consists of a complete immunization record, including tuberculosis screening, on file with Student Health and Wellness.
In accordance with 23-7.5 of the Code of Virginia, a full-time student, enrolling for the first time in any four-year public institution of higher education in this Commonwealth, must have a health history on file in the Student Health and Wellness Center on a SHWC Immunization Form. All other registered students who are not employees and pay the comprehensive fee and wish to utilize the Student Health and Wellness Center services must also have a complete health history on file (e.g. part-time, graduate students, International/Exchange Visiting students).
Prior to registration for the second semester, students must furnish documented evidence, provided by a licensed health professional or health facility, of diseases for which the student has been immunized, the numbers of doses given, the dates when administered, and any further immunizations indicated. These immunizations include diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles (rubeola), German measles (rubella), mumps, Hepatitis B, and meningitis according to the guidelines of the American College Health Association. Tuberculosis screening is also required. A waiver can be signed for the Hepatitis B and/or meningitis shot requirements. Any student who fails to furnish this information will not be eligible for registration for the second semester.
Exemptions in accordance with the Code of Virginia are:
- Any student who objects on religious grounds and presents a notarized Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption unless an emergency or epidemic of disease has been declared by the Board of Health.
- Any student who presents a statement from a licensed physician who states that his/her physical condition is such that administration of one or more of the required immunizing agents could be detrimental to health.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors, September 7, 2002.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors, June 15, 2012.