Getting an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination is the best way for those in the SAU community to protect themselves and others. Vaccines stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and allows SAU to return to more traditional operations.
On July 16, 2021, the SAU Board of Trustees approved a mandated vaccine policy which states:
All students, faculty, and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes full-time and part-time students, faculty, and staff.
Once vaccinated, faculty, staff and students should let SAU know if they have received one or both doses of an FDA-authorized vaccine by uploading proof of vaccination using the SAU Vaccination Information Portal.
Reasonable accommodations requests for an exemption to this policy can be made based on a medical or sincerely held religious beliefs. Forms for both exemptions are located on the SAU Vaccination Information Portal. Medical exemptions require a physician’s signature. Religious exemptions are reviewed by the SAU Exemption Review Committee and the requester will notified of the Committee’s decision within 5 business days.
Unvaccinated members of the SAU community are required to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing twice a week.
Due to the high rate of transmission of the new COVID-19 variants, vaccinated members of the SAU community must be tested once every two weeks for monitoring purposes. Research shows that vaccinated individuals can still transmit COVID-19 to others. Testing will be offered on-campus three times a week.
Any unvaccinated member of the campus community is expected to comply with this vaccination requirement. SAU reserves the right, at the University’s discretion, to take additional action including suspension or dismissal to maintain the health and safety of our campus community. We will also provide regular vaccination events on campus and through our community partners.
Members of the SAU community are expected to refrain from asking others for their personal health information, such as vaccination status.
Upcoming Vaccination Events
Where You Can Get Vaccinated?
The University will provide regular vaccination events on campus and through our community partners. Upcoming vaccination events can be found here.
Faculty and Staff can find vaccine sites around the state on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website. You may also find off-campus appointments by visiting the CDC Vaccine website.
Once vaccinated, upload your vaccination record at the SAU Vaccination Information Portal.
Plan for the visit to take up to 45 minutes. The person being vaccinated will need to remain on-site for the entirety of your appointment including an observation period. When you book your appointment, avoid conflicts with classes, exams, or work. We are asking faculty to be flexible about class absences related to vaccination appointments; however, the Gordon Health Center will not be providing excused absence forms for your appointment.
There is no out-of-pocket cost to those who receive a vaccine. Bring your insurance card; your insurance will cover administrative costs.