Meningitis Vaccination Requirements

Important Information

Effective October 1, 2013, the following changes to the meningitis requirement are:

  • Students 22 years of age or older are not required to submit evidence of meningococcal vaccination.
  • Affidavit forms for exceptions to vaccination for reasons of conscience, such as religious or philosophical belief can only be issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
  • The exception form from DSHS must be signed and notarized no more than 90 days prior to the first day of classes to be valid.

All new students, including transfer students, must show evidence of receipt of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination (meningococcal meningitis vaccine) dose or booster in the last five years and at least ten days prior to the first day of the semester in which the student initially enrolls. This law also applies to any student returning to school after a break in enrollment for a fall or spring semester.

Students are not required to submit evidence of vaccination if they are twenty-two years of age or older or enrolled in online courses only. Students who plan to enroll for exclusively online courses only should download and complete the Meningitis Online Classes Petition and submit it to the UNT Dallas Registrar's Office. If a student who has previously enrolled for online-only courses subsequently enrolls for and attends any class or portion of a class on campus, they must submit evidence of vaccination as above. Click here to read more information about bacterial meningitis.

Students, parents, and guardians have the right to seek an exemption to this requirement for medical reasons or reasons of conscience. Exemption will only be permitted based on evidence that the bacterial meningitis vaccine would be injurious to a student's health and well-being according to the professional opinion of a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, or if the student has refused the vaccination based on a conscientious objection, including religion. Download the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Medical Exemption Affidavit for medical exemption. Exemptions from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience must be requested through the Texas Department of State Health Services at https://corequestjc.dshs.texas.gov/.

Immunizations are available from a personal physician or a local Health Department.

The immunization documentation should be attached to the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization form. Click here to view and download the UNT Dallas Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Form using Option 1 or your health care provider can complete the form using Option 2.

The following is acceptable evidence of vaccination or receiving a booster dose:

  • The signature or stamp of a physician or their designee, or public health person on a form which shows the month, day and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered.
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state

Requirement Deadlines for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017

New students, returning students and continuing students not enrolled for Spring 2017 and who are under 22 years of age as of the first class day for the session or term they wish to enroll, should provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption no later than 5:00 PM on the last day of regular registration. Students will be allowed to enroll prior to submitting the documents. However, classes will be cancelled after 5:00 PM on the last day of regular registration for any student who has not submitted the proper documentation.

Summer 2017: The last day to receive the immunization and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is May 12, 2017 for 3W and 8W, June 2, 2017 for 5W1 and 10W, and July 7, 2017 for 5W2. Students who receive a vaccination after these dates must submit a request for extension with documentation to be considered for enrollment. The deadline to submit proof of vaccination will be May 19, 2017 for 3W and 8W, June 9, 2017 for 5W1 and 10W, and July 14, 2017 for 5W2.

Fall 2017: The last day to receive the immunization and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is August 11, 2017 for Fall 2017. Students who receive a vaccination after this date must submit a request for extension with documentation of immunization to be considered for enrollment. The submission deadline for processing of proof of vaccination will be August 18, 2017 for Fall 2017.

A student will be allowed to enroll late only if the proper immunization form is filed with the appropriate UNT Dallas Department (see below).

Immunization documentation may be submitted to UNT Dallas electronically, through the U.S. Postal Service, or delivered by hand to the following offices:

NEW UNDERGRAD & TRANSFER STUDENTS
University of North Texas at Dallas
Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admission
7300 University Hills Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75241
Phone: (972) 780-3642
FAX: (972) 780-3694

RETURNING UNDERGRADUATES
University of North Texas at Dallas
Office of the Registrar
7300 University Hills Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75241
Phone: (972) 780-3664
FAX: (972) 338-1939