The decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students of Doane University was made to help keep our community safe and provide students with the experience we promise. We’re joining nearly 600 other higher educational institutions in making this call, including two other Nebraska universities.
Throughout summer 2021, we have been monitoring CDC guidelines, state and local infection rates, and vaccination rates, all of which have factored in making this decision. The experiences Doane is known for — our close relationships with students and faculty, our campus events, our athletic and performing arts programs — are far less likely to be interrupted due to quarantines if a majority of our campus populations are fully vaccinated.
Students can request an immunization exemption or extension with additional responsibilities for COVID-19 testing and reporting.
Students have the option to seek an exemption from the vaccination requirement due to medical or religious reasons. Requests will be reviewed by the university’s offices of student health and student experience.
Students who do request an exemption or extension will be required to receive routine COVID-19 testing, and participate in a 10-day quarantine per CDC guidelines if a test returns positive.
A temporary medical circumstance that requires a delay in vaccination.
A desire to defer the COVID-19 vaccination until the FDA issues full approval, rather than emergency use authorization.
Testing positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days (documentation of the positive test will be required).Submitting an extension request does not exempt a student from the vaccine requirement. Individuals will have four weeks from the end of the circumstance that prompted the extension request to complete their vaccination requirement. For any student that has tested positive, vaccination or exemption/extension is still required 90 days after receiving their positive test.
It is important to us to protect the health and safety of all our students and employees. Whether a student is living on our Crete campus or attending classes after work on any Doane campus, this requirement helps protect them as well as others in our community.
If a vaccinated student is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 and remains asymptomatic, they will not have to quarantine. If an unvaccinated student is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19, they will have to quarantine regardless of whether they demonstrate symptoms.
Faculty will not need to prepare simultaneous lesson plans for in-person and remote learning students (unless this is already a part of their course curriculum). Students who miss class for quarantine and isolation will need to work individually with their professors and instructors to determine how to keep up with coursework.
Unvaccinated Crete students will also be required to participate in random testing throughout the academic year. An antibody test will not be allowed.
If a test returns positive at any point during the academic year, we require students to take appropriate measures as determined by the CDC. Students should upload any test results to either the Student Health Portal (Crete) or WebAdvisor and, if the test is positive, remain in isolation for a total of 10 days before coming to campus.
The CDC states that “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” Masks are strongly recommended, but not required, for students and employees who are not vaccinated.
While masks are no longer required for those who are vaccinated, many will choose to continue wearing a mask for their own personal comfort, and the community is expected to support their choices.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S., visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/your-vaccination. At this webpage, you will be able to learn about why the currently available vaccines are safe and effective, how to get a vaccination, what vaccines have been approved for emergency use by the FDA, and how you can prepare for your vaccination.