Student COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

NIU will require and provide an incentive for all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 academic year. The requirement and incentive apply to all students who will live in residence halls or participate in face-to-face classes or in-person research or artistry at any NIU location. Students who enroll only in online classes are exempt from this requirement and incentive. The deadline for submitting proof of vaccination or an exemption request is Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.

 

Directions for Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

To submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination and request your incentive credit, you will need a photo or an image of your vaccine record to upload.

An acceptable vaccination record card should include the following information: name of the vaccine given, lot number(s), date(s) vaccine was given and initials of healthcare professional or clinic site.

  1. Log in to the MyNIU Student System.
  2. Choose “My Forms.”
  3. Choose “Fill out a new form.”
  4. Choose “Covid_19_Vaccine.”
  5. Complete the information about your vaccination.
  6. Select how you would like to receive your vaccine credit.
  7. Choose “Save” and then upload the image of your card.
  8. Choose “Save” again, then choose "Submit." 
  9. You will receive a confirmation email that the form has been submitted.

Directions for Requesting Your Vaccine Credit
(If You Have Already Submitted Your Proof of Vaccination)

  1. Log in to the MyNIU Student System.
  2. Choose “My Forms.”
  3. Choose “Fill out a new form.”
  4. Choose “Covid_19_Vaccine.”
  5. Select how you previously provided your proof of vaccination: you either emailed your card to Immunizations or uploaded it to CampusClear on the Protecting the Pack website (we will verify this information before approving your request).
  6. When you select this choice, all other fields will disappear, and you will be asked to choose how you will receive your $100 incentive. See below for more information on understanding your selection.
  7. Choose “Save,” then "Submit." 
  8. You will receive a confirmation email that the form has been submitted.

COVID-19 Immunization Exemption Requests

Students may request an exemption for medical and religious reasons or request a personal exemption until vaccines transition from emergency use authorization status to full approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

Directions for Submitting an Exemption Request

  1. Log in to the MyNIU Student System.
  2. Choose “My Forms.”
  3. Choose “Fill out a new form.”
  4. Choose “Covid_19_Decline.”
  5. The Exemption/Declination Form will ask you to choose your reason for requesting an exemption. Each reason has additional information you will need to provide or be aware of.
    1. Medical Exemption: If you select the medical exemption, you will need to submit a signed statement of medical exemption from your primary care provider.
    2. Religious Exemption: If you select the religious exemption, you will need to submit a statement in your own words regarding the grounds for religious exemption. Your objection must set forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the immunization and may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization. General philosophical or moral reluctance to allow immunizations will not provide enough basis for an exception to the requirements.
    3. Personal Exemption: If you select the personal exemption, your exemption only applies until vaccines transition from EUA status to full approval from the FDA. No further documentation is required at this time.
  6. Choose “Save” and then upload the image or scan of your statement if you are submitting a medical or religious exemption.
  7.  Choose “Save,” then "Submit." 
  8. You will receive a confirmation email that the form has been submitted.

Vaccine Incentive Credit

In order to receive the $100 incentive credit, you must submit required documentation by Aug. 20, 2021. You must also still meet all eligibility requirements after the add/drop period for the fall term is complete (be enrolled for in-person classes or residing in the residence halls).

You will choose to either have your credit applied to your fall 2021 account balance or to have it refunded directly to you.

The deadline to actively make either choice is 11:59 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. The vaccine credit will be added to your awards and sent to you via your bursar account starting Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

Apply Credit to Your NIU Account

If you choose to apply your vaccine incentive credit to your account balance, you are indicating you wish for NIU to apply your $100 funds toward your eligible fall 2021 outstanding charges after all financial aid has been applied.

If your eligible charges are less than $100, the remainder of the grant will be refunded directly to you after paying eligible fall 2021 charges. We recommend setting up direct deposit, if you have not already done so, to help expedite any eligible credit balance refund.

Receive Credit via Direct Deposit or Check

If you choose to have the vaccine credit refunded directly, you are indicating you do not want your $100 to pay any NIU charges and prefer the $100 be sent directly to you. Your NIU account balance will not change as a result of the incentive funds and is still your responsibility to pay. We recommend setting up direct deposit, if you have not already done so, to help expedite the credit balance refund.


Frequently Asked Questions

Review the FAQ page for more information about the vaccine requirement and incentive for students as well as answers to other frequently asked questions.


International Student Vaccine Information

International students should utilize their vaccination status to determine their vaccine and quarantine to-do list upon arriving in the United States. See international student FAQs for more details.


Additional Vaccine Requirements

NIU complies with the Illinois Department of Health which requires students to provide proof of immunization for Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Meningococcal Conjugate. Details on required vaccines and how to submit your verified documents are available on the Immunization Compliance and Records site.

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