Meningitis Policy

The University of Texas at Tyler

SB 1107

Beginning in January 2012, the following students are required to provide documentation of the vaccination for bacterial meningitis within five years prior to enrollment before completing the registration process:

  • All first-time UT Tyler students who are younger than 22 years of age
  • Students (younger than 22 years of age) who have previously attended UT Tyler but were not enrolled during the fall 2011 semester

Failure to provide documentation will delay your registration process.

Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization must be an official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority.  Documentation must be in English and submitted with the the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered. Additionally, the specific vaccination received must be declared and indicated so that we can qualify it against our accepted vaccination types. A Texas Department of State Health Services offers boosters in Tyler, as well as the conscience exemption form. You may also receive the vaccination from any pharmacy in the nearby area.

The most common reasons that student documentation may not be accepted and must be resubmitted include:

  • Record is not legible – the copy is not clear or important information is cut-off, or is not in primary language of the institution.
  • Documentation is not recognized – many doctors will use their own form of abbreviation or documentation that cannot be deciphered.
  • Incomplete dates – dates must include the day, month and year
  • Invalid vaccine – documentation submitted does not include the specific type of bacterial meningitis vaccine or is for an unacceptable vaccine. 

 

We encourage all students to consult a physician about the importance of the vaccine as a preventative measure.

Exemptions

Exemptions for this requirement are as follows:

  • The student is 22 years of age or older.
  • The student is enrolled in online-only programs. An online-only program is classified as a degree program in which course options are only offered in a distance education format. Programs that offer the option of online or face-to-face coursework do not qualify. If the student attends/has the option to attend any on-campus classes they must submit proof of vaccination. It is the student's responsibility to receive advisor confirmation that their program is 100% online-only classes and to send that confirmation to The One-Stop at enroll@uttyler.edu.
  • The student submits an affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice in the United States, stating, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the student's health and well-being.
  • The student submits a signed affidavit stating the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas department of State Health Services must be used: Conscientious Objection Form

Graduate Students:

Eligible domestic and international graduate students must submit documentation of immunization from an appropriate medical professional. Failure to provide documentation will cause delays in the registration process. Documentation must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions at least 10 days prior to the beginning of classes.

The Office of Graduate Admissions STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd
Tyler Texas 75799

If you are a graduate student enrolled only in online courses, please follow these instructions to release the hold (ogs@uttyler.edu or 903.566.7457).

Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. The bacteria are spread by direct close contact with the discharges from the nose or throat of an infected person.

Prevention depends on the use of vaccines, rapid diagnosis and prompt treatment of close personal contacts.

More information can be found at the College Vaccine Requirements website.