As we continue preparations for the coming academic year, the University has thoughtfully considered the role COVID-19 vaccinations will play in safeguarding our community's health and safety. We know that reaching a high vaccination level in our University population is an important factor in achieving the primarily in-person fall semester we are planning.
Widespread vaccinations provide the clearest and shortest path to resuming activities we enjoy. Yesterday's CDC announcement is a vivid reminder of the benefits that come with being vaccinated. For weeks, the HICT has strongly encouraged all members of the University community to get vaccinated and has provided information on vaccination locations. Last month's survey responses, which were received from fully one third of our community, showed that 90 percent of respondents are partially or fully vaccinated, or plan to get vaccinated.
Love of neighbor is at the heart of Seton Hall's Catholic identity and mission. We care for one another — and for the communities of which we are a part. The choice to be vaccinated, as Pope Francis has noted, is an act of loving concern for the health and safety of those around us.
Currently, several colleges across the nation are mandating vaccinations for students and, in some cases, faculty, staff and administrators, while accepting certain exemptions.
Having a high vaccination level among our community members (students, faculty, clergy, staff, and administrators) — and being able to document it — is vitally important. Therefore, the University is requiring every member of the Seton Hall community to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall 2021 semester, subject to exemptions for religious beliefs, pre-existing health conditions, or personal reasons while COVID-19 vaccines are authorized on an emergency-use basis.
To assess the immunization level in our community, we are also requiring each member of our University community to complete a Confidential Vaccine Declaration.
Starting on Monday, May 17, you will be prompted to complete the confidential declaration when you log in to your PirateNet account. Please note that you may be asked to provide proof of vaccination should Seton Hall collect additional information in the future.
Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the HICT.
We look forward to seeing all of you in the very near future.
Seton Hall University Executive Cabinet
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