Approved by: The President
History: Issued              -- 1979
Revised            -- March 5, 2019
Last Reviewed -- June 12, 2019
Related Policies:
Additional References:

Student Health Portal; Student Health Services; DC Code 38-501 et seq.;
DCMR Title 22 §§ 147-152

Responsible Official: Medical Director, Student Health Services, tel. (202) 319-5744

I. Policy Statement 


The District of Columbia Immunization Law (§ 38-502) requires that all students that are enrolled in an academic institution and are under the age of 26 years of age must provide documentation of immunity to certain preventable diseases. In accordance with D.C. law, Catholic University requires that this documentation be submitted by all students under the age of 26 years via the Student Health Portal. A student who has not provided documentation of immunity to Student Health Services via the Student Health Portal as required by this policy jeopardizes their continued enrollment at the University. A restrictive hold will be placed on that student's account preventing registration for the following semester until the required documentation has been provided. Students who are granted a medical  or religious waiver, or who are distance education students who are not physically present on campus, are exempted from this policy.

II. Required Immunizations 


The following immunizations are required:

  • Two doses of measles/mumps/rubella (MMR). The first dose must be given on or after the first birthday. 
  • Three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine or be currently receiving the series. 
  • A Tdap booster within the past 10 years. 
  • Clinical history of having had varicella (chickenpox) or dates of the vaccine. Two doses of varicella vaccine are required.  
  • Polio vaccine series is required for those students under the age of 19 years. 
  • All freshmen are required to receive the vaccine against meningococcal meningitis; a dose of the vaccine needs to have been administered after the 16th birthday. 

Serologic titers which document immunity to varicella, Hepatitis B and Measles, Mumps and Rubella are acceptable in the place of vaccine dates. 

III.  Waivers


Under District of Columbia law, a student may request exemption from immunization requirements for medical or religious reasons.  A student wishing to request a medical waiver should submit a statement from their healthcare provider providing the medical reasons to release the student from immunization requirements.  A student wishing to request a religious waiver should submit a statement from a Clergy member providing the specific reasons supporting how immunization would violate the student’s religious beliefs.  All requests for exemption should be submitted via the Student Health Portal.  The Director of Student Health Services will determine if the submitted materials warrant an exception.

The meningitis waiver form is available on-line on the Student Health Services web page

Any student who is granted an exemption from required immunizations may be excluded from campus in the event of a confirmed case of a vaccine-preventable disease.  The University does not refund any tuition or fees to students who are unable to attend or complete classes or coursework due to exclusion from campus for lack of immunization.  Further, students who receive exemptions are required to release and hold harmless the University and its trustees, officers, agents, servants and employees from any liability incurred or sustained by the University which arises out of the University's consideration of, or ultimate decision to grant, an exemption request.

IV. Deadlines


Immunization records must be submitted through the student health portal by a designated due date which will be communicated to incoming students.  The due date will be determined based upon the start date for the term the student is beginning their studies. 

A late fee will be billed to the student account of any student whose records are received after the designated due date.  This late fee will also be assessed to students who submit incomplete records that are not completed by the designated due date.