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Rationale for the Policy
diseases continue to occur on US campuses and pose a significant threat to the
public health of the campus community. Outbreaks not only impose a significant cost
to infected individuals in terms of mortality and morbidity, but can also be
costly to the University and students by disrupting university activities and
preventing students from being able to attend scheduled classes.
goal of the University is to provide adequate protection to the campus
community against vaccine-preventable diseases by requiring students to be
vaccinated against and/or screened for certain highly contagious diseases. This
goal can best be achieved through a mandatory pre-matriculation immunization
Requirements Consistent with State Law and Other Organizations
following requirements are consistent with West Virginia State Law and with the
recommendations of the American College Health Association and the Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices. Students who fail to provide
appropriate documentation for the following immunizations will be prohibited
from moving into the residence halls until the documentation is provided, and
the University is under no obligation to prorate or forgive room charges for
any delayed entry.
Required for All Students
- MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). All entering full-time students born after 1956 must
provide documentation of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella.
Required for Residential Students
- Hepatitis B.
If you live in university housing, you must provide documentation of
immunization for Hepatitis B. You must provide one of the following:
- Documentation of having initiated the series of
Hepatitis B immunizations and updates indicating that you are continuing
to receive the series of immunizations, on schedule, until all three
immunizations have been given. The student is expected to complete
the immunizations within six months of initiation of the series.
- Documentation of completion of a three-shot series for
- Documentation of a titer indicating immunity to
Meningitis. If you live in university
housing, you must provide documentation of your immunity to meningococcal
- Students age 21 years
or younger must provide documentation of receipt of a dose of Meningococcal
Vaccine not more than 5 years before enrollment in the institution. If
the primary dose was administered before the students 16th birthday, a booster
dose should be administered within the year prior to the student moving into
the residence hall.
female students are strongly encouraged to receive the Human Papillomavirus
vaccine HPV prior to matriculation. Much like the Hepatitis B vaccine, the HPV
vaccine is a three-part series of shots that has been shown to drastically
reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
Tuberculosis (TB) All full-time
international students must provide documentation of having had a Tuberculin
skin test (PPD) or blood test to screen for tuberculosis (TB) within six
months prior to enrollment in the university regardless of prior BCG
immunizations. If the results of either test are positive, a chest x-ray
student may request a waiver from tuberculin skin testing if the student is
from a country that has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control as
having low prevalence of tuberculosis.
Science and Pharmacy Students
consult your individual programs to see if they have specific additional
immunization requirements that may differ from those of the University.
Request for Waiver
A student may request
a waiver from any vaccination for medical reasons. Application for a waiver is
to be made in writing to the University of Charleston at least two weeks prior
to the student arriving on campus for his/her first semester of attendance at
the University. In the case of an outbreak of a contagious disease on campus
for which the student has not been immunized, the University reserves the right
to ask the student to leave campus until the outbreak is over.