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To: All Faculty and Staff
From: Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: May 24, 2021   
Subject: Vaccination Requirement for Faculty and Staff

On April 22, 2021, President Farvardin announced that Stevens is planning for a full on-campus academic year and, accordingly, that Stevens will require all members of the Stevens community, including faculty and staff, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the fall 2021 semester. I write today to provide more details concerning the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for faculty and staff.

All faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1, 2021, unless they receive an exemption for medical reasons or due to a religious objection to the COVID-19 vaccine. A person is fully vaccinated if at least two weeks have passed since they received their final dose of a one- or two-dose vaccine sequence. Acceptable vaccines include all vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. As of May 24, 2021, these vaccines include products manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.

We are encouraged by the number of employees who have been fully vaccinated and we urge those who have yet to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Experts believe that being vaccinated against COVID-19 will keep you from getting seriously ill if you contract COVID-19 and protect people around you.

For more information concerning the COVID-19 vaccine and Stevens’ COVID-19 vaccine requirement, please:

  1. View the vaccine education webinar from Stevens’ COVID-19 health partner, Hackensack Meridian Health, to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. Read Stevens' FAQs regarding the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

If you are scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during work hours, please take the time you need to prioritize on-time arrival to the vaccination site and a relaxing return home. You are eligible for up to 7 hours of COVID-19 leave for each vaccine appointment and any possible side effects from the vaccine. To request COVID-19 leave, please send a request to the Division of Human Resources at [email protected].

Employees must submit evidence of full vaccination (such as a CDC-issued vaccination card), including the vaccination date(s) and vaccine name, through Workday (see link for instructions). Your information will be kept confidential.

Limited exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be considered for the following reasons:

  1. Medical reason or disability. A signed and stamped statement from a doctor or nurse practitioner is required certifying that the employee may not receive the vaccination, including a diagnosis.
  2. Religious. A signed statement explaining how the COVID-19 vaccination conflicts with bona fide religious tenets/beliefs is required. A philosophical or moral objection to immunization is not adequate.

The exemption form is available in, and should be submitted in, Workday (see link for instructions.)

Exemption requests may be submitted from today through June 4, 2021. Requests will be reviewed as they are received, and employees will be informed of the exemption decision on or about June 18, 2021. All exemption decisions are final. If an employee’s exemption request is not approved, the employee must be fully vaccinated (all doses of the vaccine plus the two-week period following the final dose) and vaccination documentation must be submitted no later than August 1, 2021.

Employees who are not eligible for an exemption and do not plan to become fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021 must inform the Division of Human Resources by email to [email protected] no later than June 21, 2021. Stevens will not be able to accommodate employees without exemptions who elect not to be vaccinated.

Employees with exemptions from the vaccine requirement may be subject to reasonable measures and restrictions to promote the health and safety of the Stevens community. Such measures may include regular COVID-19 testing, use of personal protective equipment, etc.

We look forward to safely welcoming our Stevens faculty and staff back to campus.