[TACRAO] Listserv Meningitis Conscientious Objection

Rondot, Joan Joan.Rondot at sjcd.edu
Thu May 7 11:38:04 CDT 2020

Good morning,

There is a statement in the meningitis law that says the conscientious exemption form is not valid during a "public health emergency" (see below).  Summer classes will all be on-line so it isn't relevant for summer, but I wanted to hear your thoughts on continuing to use this form for fall.  Does anyone have any background information about the statement and if our current "health emergency" means we should not be allowing the use of the conscientious exemption form for new students.  Also, would students who previously submitted the form be exempt from this law.

Thanks for your input.

Excerpt below from the Coordinating Board website related to meningitis exceptions.  Please see the highlighted section.
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(b) A student, or a parent or guardian of a student, is not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if the student, or a parent or guardian of a student, submits to the institution:
  (1) an affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student;
  (2) an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used for students attending a public university, health-related institution, or private or independent institution of higher education. The form must be submitted to the designated department or unit no later than the 90th day after the date the affidavit is notarized; or
  (3) evidence of submitting a conscientious objection form through a secure, Internet-based process developed and implemented by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Internet form may be used by entering students attending a public junior college. Public junior colleges may use the Internet-based process as the exclusive method to apply for an exemption from the vaccination requirement for reasons of conscience.
(c) The exception noted in subsection (b)(2) and (3) of this section does not apply during a disaster or public health emergency, terrorist attack, hostile military or paramilitary action, or extraordinary law enforcement emergency declared by an appropriate official or authority from the Texas Department of State Health Services and is in effect for the location of the institution the student attends.

Joan Rondot
San Jacinto College
Associate College Registrar | Student Records Management
13735 Beamer Road | Houston, TX 77089
Direct: 281-669-4737 | Fax:  281-669-4720
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