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To: Stevens Students
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: May 21, 2021   
Subject: Guidance for Students Arriving for the Fall 2021 Semester From Outside the United States

President Farvardin’s April 22, 2021 announcement informed Stevens students, faculty and staff that a COVID-19 vaccination is required for students, faculty and staff coming to campus for the fall 2021 semester. The goal of the campus-wide vaccination requirement is to support a safe and healthy return to campus. To facilitate your vaccination plans, below is additional information that impacts incoming and returning students who currently reside outside of the United States.

Submitting Vaccination Documentation

All undergraduate and graduate students (including first-year undergraduate and first-year graduate students) who are fully vaccinated must submit evidence of vaccination, including the vaccination date(s) and vaccine name, through Workday Student. For instructions on how to submit your documents, please click on this link.

Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential, with vaccination information shared with pertinent University administrators when deemed necessary for health and safety purposes, to ensure compliance with University policy and to make arrangements relating to a student’s course of study or other programs.

Approved Vaccines

Stevens will accept COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) or World Health Organization (“WHO”). As of today, May 21, 2021, the approved vaccine lists include vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/J&J, AstraZeneca/Oxford/Covishield, and Sinopharm(Beijing). Please continue to monitor these lists regularly as vaccination approvals may change.

Non-Approved Vaccines

If you have been partially or fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is not on the FDA or WHO-approved lists, you may also receive an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. Please consult with your medical provider.

Arriving in the U.S.

Students arriving in the U.S. from international travel must follow the international travel recommendations and requirements described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of New Jersey. Please refer to the CDC and State of New Jersey websites regularly as guidance may change.

In addition, Students must follow these requirements as currently described on the CDC and State of NJ websites:

  • Students must have a negative test before flying to the United States. This is required regardless of vaccination status.
  • Students must get tested 3-5 days after travel. This is required regardless of vaccination status.
  • Students must self-quarantine after travel for 7 days with a negative test or 10 days without a negative test. This is only required for students who are not fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO.

You will receive additional information regarding logistics for self-quarantine and testing after travel on or before July 1, 2021.

Getting Vaccinated in the U.S.

Stevens recommends that students who will need to be vaccinated after arriving in the U.S. arrive in the country as early as possible and, ideally, 30 days before the first day of classes on August 30 to accommodate any self-quarantining, testing, and potential vaccination appointments. If you have any questions about the visa process or your arrival into the country, please contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Student Affairs for undergraduate students, or Graduate Student Life.

Stevens will be working with a medical provider to arrange vaccination appointments beginning on or about August 1 either on campus or at local vaccination sites. As these details are finalized, we will share them with you.

Early Arrivals to Stevens Housing

International undergraduate students who will be living in Stevens’ housing for the fall 2021 semester and would like to arrive early on campus to receive a vaccination or for the required quarantine may do so at no additional housing cost. Meals and groceries are available at your own expense from local restaurants and supermarkets; student meal plans for the fall semester begin on Monday, August 23, 2021. 

Students who will be living in Stevens’ housing and need to arrive early must email [email protected] as soon as possible and no later than July 15, 2021 to make an early arrival request; please indicate in that email that you are an international student arriving early for vaccination and/or quarantine. 

Exemption Requests

Stevens will consider limited requests for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement. To apply for a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement, please refer to the Stevens Student Health Services website regarding Immunization Exemption Information.

Students with exemptions from the vaccine requirement may be subject to reasonable measures and restrictions to promote the health and safety of the Stevens community. At this time, unvaccinated students with approved exemptions from Student Health Services will be permitted to participate in all activities on campus, in classes and live in Stevens-owned or leased properties. Depending upon the prevalence of the virus when the fall 2021 semester starts, requirements such as regular COVID-19 testing or other measures recommended by the CDC or other health department guidance, may be imposed to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

Online International Students

Students who are registered for programs that are fully online and will not come to campus are not covered by the vaccination requirement. Please visit the Student Health Services Health and Immunization Records website for additional information. 

Additional Questions

Please see these Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about Stevens’ vaccine requirement and other important matters. If there are any questions about your vaccination status, please contact Student Health Services at [email protected].