Reminder, please submit your COVID vaccination information in order to access MCAD campus this fall. Be sure to have it completed at least two weeks before the due date in order to be sure you are fully vaccinated. The email below was sent June 14. The deadline to submit is August 1. Thank you!
Per the college's policy, which was provided in Sanjit's email to the community on May 11 (and pasted at the bottom of this email), all students will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to be on campus this coming fall, 2021. There is an option to submit an exemption for medical or religious reasons.
To Submit Vaccine or Exemption Information:
Download the instructions on how to submit vaccination information or file an exemption. To submit the vaccination information you will need to upload a photo of your vaccination card. Students who are not able to be immunized against COVID-19, will need to print the exemption form, have a physician or notary sign it, and return the printed, completed document to MCAD (address on the form).
The due date for the vaccination or exemption information is August 1
Students who do not submit vaccination information or file an exemption for medical or religious reasons, will not be allowed into campus buildings or housing after August 1.
Where To Get The COVID Vaccine:
If you need assistance finding the COVID vaccine, contact your clinic, your insurance provider, or use the vaccine finder on the CDC website.
Be sure to do this soon so that you are vaccinated by August 1. Some vaccines require two doses spread up to three weeks apart.
How to access the COVID-19 Vaccination Form:
The form is found in the "Forms" section of the Records Office tab on my.mcad.edu. Use this form for providing proof of vaccination or to request an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Here is a quick link to the form online:
Thank you for taking steps to continue to keep the MCAD community safe!
Dear Current and Incoming MCAD Students,
I hope this note finds you well. After more than one year of distance learning while carefully navigating the pandemic, we are getting closer to our in-person return to campus this fall. Throughout the arc of the pandemic MCAD has been focused on community care and support.
Our COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
As we look forward to the Fall 2021 semester, we continue to place safety at the forefront of our priorities. With this in mind we will require, with limited exceptions, all students, faculty, and staff who will work or study on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1, 2021. Along with all MCAD employees, students will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to live in campus housing and access the academic buildings. This decision aligns with our current vaccination policy which incorporates our new COVID vaccine requirements.
On-Campus Vaccine Clinics
In order to make vaccinations more accessible, we are hosting two on-campus vaccine clinics to serve our own MCAD community and the Whittier neighborhood. On this Saturday May 15th from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. and next Thursday May 20 from 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Cub Pharmacy will provide the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine. Online appointments for MCAD community members and their household members are available for scheduling immediately.
Students enrolling at MCAD for the first time must submit proof of immunization. Minnesota statute 135A.14 requires all college students to show proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. This information is required to be submitted only at the time of the initial registration of a student; it does not have to be updated each year. A student may waive the immunization requirements due to medical or conscientious exemption. However, students who do not provide proof of immunization may not enroll.
Effective fall 2021, all students accessing campus facilities and/or living in campus housing will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Exemptions due to medical or religion may be submitted for review as well as the threat and/or risk to other community members based on the following guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):
- the duration of the risk;
- the nature and severity of the potential harm;
- the likelihood that the potential harm will occur; and
- the imminence of the potential harm.
A form will be available on my.MCAD.edu this summer for students to submit their vaccination information and upload the vaccination card. Exceptions for health or religious reasons will need to be approved through a process which will be forthcoming in a follow-up email.
I want to thank all of you for making this return to campus possible. Your care, concern, and actions continue to allow for this remarkable community to thrive.
All my best,