On Aug. 26, 2021, the governor of the State of Illinois issued an Executive Order mandating that all higher education students and personnel be vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in weekly testing.
Please find the category below that applies to you and take the appropriate action.
Please note: Prior to the governor’s executive order, we were able to grant exemptions for some off-campus students participating in the above-mentioned experiences. Effective immediately, even students who have previously been granted a testing exemption need to take the actions outlined above.
Please note: You will need to have proof of vaccination or an approved medical or religious exemption to the vaccine requirement to register for in-person classes or experiential opportunities like internships and clinicals for Spring 2022 classes.
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.
To submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination, you will need a photo or an image of your vaccine record to upload.
Students may request an exemption for medical and religious reasons. See FAQ about changes regarding personal exemptions. Once you have an approved exemption, you will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing.
If you select the medical exemption, you will need to submit a signed statement of medical exemption from your primary care provider.
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.