New Meningitis Vaccination Requirements
All incoming Texas college students under 22 years old, (for Spring 2014) must be immunized against bacterial meningitis before they enroll in an institution of higher education.
The new law mandates that the following students be inoculated against the bacterial meningitis illness:
- First-time college students
- Students transferring from another institution
- Students who are re-enrolling following a break of at least one fall or spring semester
It is imperative that UT Arlington students who fall into one of the categories above and who plan to enroll for Fall 2013, or Spring 2014 be vaccinated as soon as possible. Under the law, college students must have received the vaccine within the past five years. Proof of inoculation is required 10 days before the start of the semester as the vaccine is considered effective several days after it is administered. Limited exemptions are specified in state law.
UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. When you log in to your Magnus Health SMR account, you will be able to upload your proof of vaccination.
UT Arlington asks students to submit proof of vaccination to Magnus Health SMR, to ensure that documents are processed in time to comply with the law. In addition, if you are required to receive the vaccination and are offered campus housing accommodations, you must comply with the meningitis vaccination requirements at least 10 days from a housing contract offer or 10 days before move in, whichever is earliest.
Students will not be permitted to move into on-campus housing until a full 10 days has passed since the date of the vaccination. Students who have been approved for on-campus housing and have not received a vaccination in a timely manner will be expected to pay to stay in an off-campus hotel or make alternate arrangements for housing until the full 10 days have elapsed. In addition, non-compliant students may experience financial penalties for failure to comply with their contractual obligations. Students will not be allowed to enroll or move in to campus housing without submitting timely proof that they have complied with the meningitis vaccination law.
For questions about document submission, please contact Magnus Health SMR at 1-877-461-6831 or at email@example.com.
Policies Subject to Change: The University, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to make exceptions and changes to the assignment priorities and policies without prior notice and without compensation to applicants waiting for assignment to university housing.
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