Immunization Policy

Jefferson Community College intends to fully uphold and enforce the provisions of Public Health Law, Article 21, Title VI, Section 2165 regarding immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella.

A “student,” for the purposes of Section 2165, is defined as any person born on or after January 1, 1957 who is registered to attend or attends classes at Jefferson Community College whether full-time or part-time. “Part-time student” means a student enrolled for at least six, but fewer than twelve semester-hours per semester. “Full-time student” means a student enrolled for twelve or more semester-hours.

Statement of Policy
  • No student will be permitted to attend Jefferson Community College unless one of the following documents has been submitted:
    • A certificate of immunization.
    • A certificate that shows the student is in the process of completing the requirements.
    • A statement from a health care provider, certifying in writing that one or more of the required immunizations may be detrimental to the student’s health or is otherwise medically contraindicated.
    • A written and signed statement from the student, or in the event that the student is less than 18 years old, from their parent or guardian, that they hold sincere and genuine religious beliefs which prohibit immunizations of the student. The college may require supporting documents.
  • Proof of immunization and/or compliance will be determined by the College Nurse and reported to the appropriate offices responsible for registration. Follow-up of students in the process of receiving immunization will be done by the College Nurse. Student immunization records will be maintained in a confidential manner by the College Nurse and access will be limited to personnel whose job duties require information from these records.
  • Students have 30 days from the first day of classes to achieve immunization compliance and avoid withdrawal from all classes.
  • All immunization documents are collected by the Health Office.
  • Jefferson Community College will report all cases of measles, mumps, and rubella to the NYS Department of Health according to provisions of the NYS Sanitary Code, 10 NYCRR 2.25 (Appendix J).