COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement FAQ

  • Valparaiso University is requiring campus constituents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect the health and safety of University students, faculty, staff, and the community. The vaccines are scientifically proven to be an effective way to prevent COVID-19 and combat the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of almost 600,000 Americans.
  • In order to provide our students the optimal college experience and learning environment, the University will provide in-person learning for the fall of 2021. A vaccinated campus is the safest and most effective way to accomplish the objective.
  • The American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all on-campus college and university students for fall semester 2021, in accordance with normal exemption practices, including exemptions for medical contraindications.
  • All Valparaiso University students (full-time, part-time, or audit), faculty, and staff are required to complete a COVID-19 vaccination program by Aug. 1, 2021.
  • Graduate students in a fully online program with no on-campus components are exempt.
  • Any individual age 16 and older can schedule a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost in the state of Indiana at the Indiana Department of Health website. You can also call 211 to schedule a vaccine appointment over the phone.
  • The Student Health Center has ordered vaccines to administer to students at no cost. They will be notified by email when appointments open for on-campus vaccinations.

Yes. Medical and religious exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who need to request a medical or religious exemption can email Faculty and staff can go to the appropriate links on the Human Resources intranet to upload supporting documentation. Anyone who qualifies for an exemption may be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, isolation, quarantine, or other measures consistent with CDC guidance.

Students who fail to complete a vaccination program will be unable to return to campus and participate in on-campus classes for the 2021 fall semester. Faculty and staff who fail to comply will no longer be eligible for employment at Valparaiso University.

  • The current visitor policy will remain in effect until further notice. Access to the Valparaiso University buildings and activities is restricted to current faculty, staff, students, and invited guests. 
  • Invited guests must check in and answer screening questions at the Duesenberg Welcome Center, Harre Union Welcome Desk, or the Valparaiso University Police Department. Any visitor exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be admitted to campus. Invited guests must wear a face covering and comply with physical distancing practices throughout their visit.

Valparaiso University plans to lift its generally required mask or face covering use for fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff effective Aug. 6, 2021.