Exemption Process and FAQs

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Updated Sep. 14, 2021

Exemption Process

The COVID-19 vaccine exemption process is now available for students and employees who want to apply for a medical or non-medical exemption from Miami University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

Students

Students must complete a brief Healthy Together 2021 educational module to access the exemption form. The module will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The exemption form is available upon completion of the module. There will be a separate form for medical exemptions/deferrals and non-medical exemptions. 

Exemption reviews may take 10-14 days or longer. The deadline for submitting a request for exemption or deferral is October 15, but you should act sooner to avoid any delays in removing a hold from your account. A hold will prevent you from registering for spring semester classes.

Employees

Employees must request an exemption through a separate process using one of the following forms: 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any exemptions?

Exemptions may be granted for the following reasons:

  • Medical, with documentation; or
  • Sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances, or reasons of conscience, including philosophical and ethical beliefs.

Additionally, a deferral may be granted for pregnancy, those who are nursing, or for those who have had COVID-19 within 90 days preceding October 25, 2021.

To claim an exclusion for religious beliefs or for reasons of conscience, students and employees must complete documentation affirming a sincerely held belief, acknowledging the risk of serious illness or death associated with COVID-19, and agreeing to comply with health, educational, and safety requirements – including testing or other requirements – for unvaccinated individuals. Students must complete a brief educational module prior to submitting their request.

Your exemption request must include an articulated ethical, philosophical, or religious basis for refusing the vaccine that demonstrates you are making an informed decision. The form must be submitted by October 15.

What health conditions qualify for a medical exemption?

Your health care provider should help you determine whether you have a health condition preventing you from getting vaccinated. They can provide documentation to support your request.

What qualifies for a deferral?

A deferral may be granted for pregnancy or nursing or for those who have had COVID-19 within 90 days preceding October 25, 2021.

What is meant by reasons of conscience or religious belief?

Reasons of conscience include any sincerely held philosophical, ethical, or religious basis for not taking the vaccine. Your exemption request must include an articulated religious, ethical, or philosophical basis for refusing the vaccine that demonstrates you are making an informed decision.

What is the deadline for submitting an exemption request?

The deadline for submitting an exemption is October 15, 2021. There may be significant delays in processing requests, so we recommend you submit your request as soon as possible.

What if I already have a medical or religious exemption for other vaccines?

You do not need to submit an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination if you already have a medical or religious exemption on file for other vaccinations.

If I get an exemption from Miami, does that apply to my internship, clinical, or practicum?

No. Students engaged in internships, student teaching, nursing practicums, and other similar engagements will need to work directly with those organizations to comply with their specific requirements. An exemption from Miami will not fulfill any requirement that an external organization has in place.

If I get an exemption, will I be subject to additional health and safety requirements?

Yes. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing. Unvaccinated individuals are also required to quarantine for 10 days if they have been identified as a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

In the event of an outbreak or threatened outbreak, unvaccinated individuals may be temporarily excluded from Miami University facilities and activities (including but not limited to university-owned housing). You may also have restrictions from university facilities, including but not limited to classes, the recreation center, and living spaces. We cannot predict with certainty the course of the pandemic or the public health and safety measures that may be required to protect our campus community.

Currently, all members of the Miami University community must wear a mask when indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Why are you allowing individuals to be exempted from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for religious beliefs and reasons of conscience?

In following Miami University policy, Miami already requires students to meet immunization requirements for a number of vaccines. Exemptions from these requirements have always been considered for certain medical conditions and documented religious convictions. This has been expanded to include ethical and philosophical reasons. The process for requesting an exemption requires an individual to complete documentation affirming a sincerely held belief, acknowledging the risk of serious illness, and agreeing to comply with health and safety requirements to best protect the community and themselves—including testing—for unvaccinated individuals. Those who are exempted may be subject to additional public health requirements and must complete an educational module.

I have an exemption question that's not answered here.

A call center (513-529-9000) will also be available September 15 through 17 during regular business hours to answer additional questions about the exemption process.