UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler Revises Meningitis Policy
October 7, 2011
Due to a new state law (Texas Education Code 51.9192, Subchapter Z), UT Tyler now requires proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis, Candice Lindsey, interim assistant vice president for enrollment management and marketing, announced.
Eligible students must submit documentation of immunization from an appropriate medical professional. Failure to provide documentation will cause delays in the registration process.
The new law applies to all first-time students at UT Tyler, including transfer and graduate students, and all students who have previously attended UT Tyler prior to Jan. 1, 2012 and who are enrolling at UT Tyler following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.
“It’s important that all eligible students submit the immunization documentation to our Enrollment Services Center so that they don’t encounter registration delays. There are exemptions, and students must also realize that the exemption process can be a lengthy one,” said Lindsey.
UT Tyler encourages students to consult their physician about the need for the immunization against bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease, she added.
A student is exempt if he or she is:
- 30 years of age or older.
- enrolled only in online or other distance education classes.
- submits an affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice in the United States stating, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious the student’s health and well-being.
- submits a signed affidavit stating 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. The form is located at: http://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm.
For more information, contact the Enrollment Services Center, 903.566.7180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.