Chestnut Hill College Announces Vaccine Requirement for Return to Campus for Fall 2021 Semester
Since the COVID-19 pandemic first sent our community home in March 2020, Chestnut Hill College (CHC) has committed to four guiding principles in decisions related to living and learning on campus: 1) the expertise of scientists and medical experts, 2) the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), 3) the health and safety of our community, 4) and a care for our dear neighbors that grows from our mission of inclusion.
In this spirit, and in keeping with our previous process for decision making, the College will require COVID vaccines for all faculty, staff, and students for Fall 2021. This includes both full and part-time employees (including adjuncts) as well as students enrolled in all three schools (School of Undergraduate Studies, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Graduate Studies).
While it was wonderful to have a portion of our community in-person for Spring 2021, we know that a world governed by mitigation efforts and social distancing is not the ideal environment for true immersion in the college experience. Vaccines not only protect the individual against contracting or being significantly ill from COVID, they also protect the community against spread. Requiring the vaccine will allow us to return to the experience our students expect at Chestnut Hill College; one that is hands on, personalized, and marked by a highly engaged curricular and co-curricular experience.
As a College community, we not only recognize the personal and communal health benefits of vaccination, we also believe the reception of the vaccine aligns with our mission as an act of mercy and charity for the dear neighbor. Additionally, we respect the individual beliefs and personal circumstances of all members of our community, and, in accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, CHC will recognize exemptions for medical, religious, and philosophical reasons. Those who choose to remain unvaccinated will be required to submit an exemption request form and must continue to wear face coverings on campus in accordance with CDC guidance.
The complete Chestnut Hill College COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available online at https://www.chc.edu/vaccination-policy.
Key details are outlined below:
- Students, Faculty, and Staff are required to submit either proof of vaccination or a completed exemption form. Detailed instructions and a secure upload form will be available under the Vaccine link in the left navigation on the myCHC homepage. The upload form will be live on myCHC on Monday, July 12. The deadline for submission of either proof of vaccination or exemption form for students is August 15 and deadline for faculty/staff is August 2.
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, and Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) are accepted. International students who have received a vaccine approved in their home country should provide this documentation for assessment on a case-by-case basis.
- Per the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear face coverings while on campus. Non-vaccinated individuals will be required to continue to wear face coverings.
- Occupancy limits and social distancing guidelines will be lifted for Fall 2021.
Additional resources, including links to the Center for Disease Control, as well as local guidance, have been compiled on our CHC COVID-19 Resources page.
For additional questions related to CHC’s return to campus or vaccination policy, please contact COVIDVaccine@chc.edu.