Updated July 2021
All enrolled students must comply with the current student vaccination policy for all required vaccines.
For COVID‐19, students enrolling for fall 2021 are required to provide proof of vaccination or a completed declination form by August 15. When one or more COVID‐19 vaccines have been fully approved by the FDA, COVID‐19 will become a required immunization for all students, subject to the standard exemption policy, which allows for medical contraindications only. Students who complete declination forms should understand that they will be required to get vaccinated or qualify for a medical exemption once there is a fully FDA approved COVID‐19 vaccine.
In advance of full FDA approval, students who do not wish to be vaccinated for COVID‐19 and have completed declination forms will be eligible to participate in academic and research programs. However, they may not be eligible for on‐campus housing. The housing requests of such students will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Students who for any reason are unable to secure a COVID‐19 vaccine in advance of their arrival on campus will be eligible to enroll and to move into campus housing. However, they will need to work with Student Wellness Services (SWS) and with their respective Deans office (graduate or undergraduate) in order to make advance arrangements for their arrival, which will include travel quarantine and vaccination.
- Students who are not vaccinated for COVID‐19 should communicate with their respective Deans office and with SWS well in advance of their arrival on campus. Such students should be aware that they may need to arrive before their academic programs begin, so that they can complete the travel quarantine and vaccination process.
- Arriving students who are not fully vaccinated will be placed in travel quarantine residential space for seven (7) days, and will be tested per SWS protocols. The length of quarantine may change based on current public health guidance. Such students will be expected to follow the Housing Office's current travel quarantine protocols.
- During travel quarantine, SWS staff will work with students to secure vaccination appointments.
- Arriving students who are not fully vaccinated must participate in current campus surveillance testing programs until they meet the criteria for full vaccination. Currently, this is two weeks after a single‐dose vaccine, and two weeks after the second dose of a multi‐dose vaccine. Students will be required to submit appropriate vaccine documentation.
- After travel quarantine and full vaccination, arriving students will be approved to move into a permanent housing assignment.
Students who do not comply with SWS, Deans, or Housing office instructions with regard to testing, quarantine, or vaccination, will be expected to vacate Caltech housing.
Any student who fails to comply with current vaccination requirements will have a hold placed on their registration. New students will be unable to register, and returning students will be dropped from registration, until vaccination requirements are met. Students who are not registered cannot participate in Institute academic programs, and are not eligible for on‐campus housing.
Timely communication with relevant campus offices is critical, and will allow staff to support the student arrival process. All students are urged to provide information regarding their vaccination status as early as possible.