Houghton College requires that each student have an Admission Physical/Health Form accompanied by an Immunization Record prior to attending classes.
Effective August 1, 1990, New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students born after January 1, 1957 to show proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella. In compliance with that law, the Student Health Center must have documentation of the administration of 2 MMR vaccines (after the age of one and separated by at least one year) prior to the first day of classes. If a student believes they have already had two shots, but cannot provide documentation of the dates, an alternative is to have blood work drawn to prove immunity. Failure to provide adequate documentation of immunity may result in exclusion from classes until such time that the requirements are fulfilled.
Requests for medical exemptions must be accompanied by a statement from a physician documenting the nature of the medical contraindication and the expected duration of the condition (i.e. temporary or permanent).
Requests for religious exemptions must be made in writing by the student (not their parents) outlining the specific ways in which the administration of the immunization conflict with their religious convictions.
Immunization is available through the Student Health Center if needed.
State Law also requires the Student Health Center to document that each matriculating student has been given information about meningococcal disease and the available vaccine against it, and to document that each student who has not been vaccinated has been offered the vaccine.
The required Response Form is included in the Immunization Record portion of the Admission Health form. Each student must indicate whether they received the immunization, declined the vaccine, or plan on getting the vaccine. The Response Form must be signed by a Health Care Provider.
Though this form is required only on admission to college, by law a response form signed for admission to one college cannot be accepted at another. Therefore, transfer students must provide Houghton College with a separate Response Form, even if they have taken care of this requirement at another school.
Failure to provide the required Response Form prior to the first day of classes may result in exclusion from classes until such time that the requirement is fulfilled.