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Meningitis Law

As required by commonwealth law, students living in a university-owned or -operated residence hall or apartment will need to have the vaccination for meningococcal meningitis before arriving on campus, or they will need to sign a waiver stating that they do not wish to have the vaccination. The waiver form is provided on line by the Office of Housing and Residence Life for students at the time they complete a contract for a campus residence hall/apartment.

Completing the waiver does not prohibit a student from having the vaccination at a later date. The waiver provides evidence that students have been provided information about meningococcal meningitis and about the availability of the vaccine, but have elected to move into the residence hall/apartment without having been vaccinated for the disease. The full text of the immunization policy is below. For information about meningococcal meningitis and the recommendations regarding vaccination, visit the American College Health Association website.

Immunization Policy

IUP requires documentation from all new freshmen and transfer students of all immunization dates. This includes the following vaccines: measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus-toxoid, diphtheria, and polio. See additional information, below, regarding immunization requirements for students living in university-owned residences.

Documentation can take the following forms:

  1. Dates of vaccinations by the health care provider who gave them
  2. Date of illness with the disease diagnosed by a physician
  3. Serum antibody level as determined by a blood test

Individuals who were born after 1956 should receive a measles immunization before entering college. This may be a second measles immunization or the first vaccine within six months of entering college. A tetanus immunization must also be updated every ten years.

Additionally, the College and University Student Vaccination Act requires that all students, before moving into university-owned and -operated residence halls or apartments, must receive the vaccination for meningococcal meningitis or sign a document stating that the student has chosen to be exempted from receiving the vaccination for religious or other reasons. All residents are required to acknowledge, before moving into campus rooms/apartments, that they are in compliance with the law. This statement of compliance with the College and University Student Vaccination Act will be provided on line from the Office of Housing and Residence Life. (View a copy of a Housing and Residence Life form.) The vaccination required is the A, C, Y, W-135 vaccine, Menomune or Menactra, manufactured and distributed by Aventis Pasteur, Inc. IUP recommends that residents have the vaccination before arrival on campus. Evidence of vaccination can be documented on the immunization certificate provided by the Health Service or under separate cover from the medical provider administering the vaccine.

If a student is not adequately immunized, he/she will be allowed to enroll and attend classes during his/her first semester with the understanding that his/her second semester enrollment may be contingent upon obtaining necessary immunizations and documentation of immunity. The IUP Health Service will provide new students with a student Immunization Certificate on which to document immunization status. Questions or requests for information about medical or religious exemptions to this policy should be directed to the Health Service at 724-357-6475.

  • Health Service
  • Center for Health and Well-Being
    Suites on Maple East
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2550
  • Administration: 724-357-6475
  • Fax: 724-357-6212
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Open during lunch hour
  • Closed weekends and major holidays