COVID-19 vaccination for 2021-22

June 24, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We hope you’re enjoying your summer and that you are able to take some well-earned breaks after completing an academic year like no other. A year of living and learning on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us so much about our community: namely, that our students, faculty and staff want to be here on campus, and that their care for the health and safety of those around them is unwavering.

We know that the best way to protect ourselves and others is to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, and that the fastest way to return to normal campus life is to ensure as many SNC community members as possible are vaccinated against COVID-19. With this as our foundation, college leadership is confident in its approach to COVID-19 vaccination for the 2021-22 academic year. At this time, the college will:

  • Continue to strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccination for all members of the college community who can safely be vaccinated.
  • Offer incentives to students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Expect students and employees to confidentially report their vaccination status by Aug. 1.
  • Require those who are unvaccinated to continue adhering to strict health and safety measures, including mandatory entry and surveillance testing for students as well as off-campus quarantine and isolation.

After lengthy discussions, the college has decided it will not require COVID-19 vaccination to live, learn or work on campus at this time. However, for reasons of group safety or teaching effectiveness, some curricular and co-curricular offerings may require vaccination in order to fully participate.

We are aware that institutions of higher education are taking varied approaches to life on campus in fall. At St. Norbert, we believe a strong, clear and community approach to the highest possible level of vaccine compliance is the best way forward. We’re confident that our community’s overwhelming desire to return to normal campus life, combined with our steadfast care and concern for one another, will get us there.

SNC Support for COVID-19 Vaccination

  • The college stands with the scientific and public health communities that continue to promote the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S.
  • We look to our Catholic social justice tradition, which calls us to work toward the good of all, and understand that widespread vaccination against deadly disease is a highly effective tool for protecting those who are unable to be vaccinated due to age or medical condition.
  • We stand with Pope Francis, who has called COVID-19 vaccination an ethical obligation. We respect those who are grappling with the processes used to develop some vaccine brands, and point them to the joint statement by Wisconsin’s Catholic Bishops: “If a choice of vaccine is possible, the ones that are least morally compromised should always be requested. However, when there is no choice, the Church teaches that it is morally permissible to receive the vaccine.”

Benefits of Vaccination

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the COVID-19 illness, and it allows you to do your part to decrease COVID-19 incidence in our communities.
  • Once fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose):
    • You no longer need to wear a mask or maintain physical distancing when on campus.
    • You do not need to observe quarantine if you’ve been identified as a close contact.
    • You do not have to participate in entry testing or surveillance testing (which will be conducted at the expense of those being tested).
    • You will be able to participate in any curricular or co-curricular opportunities that do require vaccination.

Vaccination Reporting
Vaccination records will inform the college’s COVID-19 response and mitigation strategies, and will assist Health Services with any contact tracing that may be required. Records of those vaccinated within the state of Wisconsin are automatically linked to the college’s medical records system, which interfaces with the Wisconsin Immunization Registry.

Those who received COVID-19 vaccinations outside of Wisconsin are expected to upload their vaccination records to the confidential Health Services Patient Portal (Medicat Connect) by Aug. 1, 2021. Students who do not have vaccination records on file will receive an email in the coming weeks with instructions on how to upload proof of vaccination. Students without vaccination records on file will be among those expected to continue participating in entry and surveillance testing.

Requirements of Those Not Yet Vaccinated
To continue providing a safe and healthy environment for all on campus, those who are unvaccinated are required to continue adhering to strict health and safety measures. Learn more about the requirements of those not yet vaccinated

As we head into 2021-22, we remind you that our annual theme this year is, fittingly, Celebrating Community. We saw everything our students, faculty and staff did last year to protect and promote community, and we ask that you continue doing that this year by completing your COVID-19 vaccination. We all eagerly anticipate more robust experiences of learning, living and celebrating in the year ahead, and we trust the SNC community will help us get there.

Please continue checking snc.edu/covid19 for more information, and email covid19response@snc.edu with questions.


Sincerely,

The President’s Cabinet