Vaccination information for Faculty & Staff

Purpose

Bradley University is adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our students, faculty, staff and their families, our visitors, and the community at large from COVID-19. 

Scope

Effective immediately and as communicated Sept. 2, 2021, all Bradley University students, faculty and staff are required to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing protocols during the fall 2021 semester. (This means submitting a negative COVID-19 test result weekly). 

Employees hired after Oct. 15, 2021, are required to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work or submit a negative test result dated no more than three days prior to their first day of work, with subsequent weekly testing as described below.

By Nov. 1, 2021, all students, faculty and staff must have received their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single dose COVID-19 vaccine. 

Students studying remotely and employees working remotely who are not present on campus   are not covered by this policy. 

Procedures

Students, faculty and staff must submit proof of vaccination as outlined in this policy. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated in the fall or who have an approved vaccination exemption in the fall or spring must comply with the testing protocols and other protective measures as required by the university. Individuals seeking an exemption from the vaccine requirement must pursue an appropriate exemption through Health Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees). 

Vaccination

Students, faculty and staff will need to receive the last dose of their COVID-19 vaccine no later than Nov. 1, 2021, to meet the deadline to be fully vaccinated. Students who have not submitted evidence of vaccination or received a medical or religious exemption by Nov. 1, 2021, will be ineligible to register for classes. Faculty or staff who have not submitted evidence of vaccination or received an exemption by Nov. 1, 2021, will be contacted by the appropriate university office.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free, whether an individual has health insurance or not. While a provider may bill a patient’s health insurance for administering the vaccine, there is usually no out-of-pocket cost to an individual. Vaccines may also continue to be available at no cost on campus as Bradley University has hosted a number of vaccine clinics.

All employees will be paid for time taken to receive vaccinations and to recover from any vaccine-related side effects. Employees are to work with their managers to schedule necessary time off. 

Official documentation of vaccination status must be provided to Health Services (for students) and Human Resources (for employees) and include the following:

  • The type of vaccine administered.
  • The date(s) of administration.
  • The name of the health care professional or clinic site administering the vaccine. 

By submitting this information, students and employees are certifying the documentation is true and correct. Any students or employees who have provided false documentation may be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the university. 

Testing 

In the fall 2021 semester only, students, faculty, and staff who choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 must participate in the university’s COVID-19 testing protocols. 

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, individuals with medical or religious exemptions must present a negative COVID-19 test result each week. Exempt students, faculty, and staff are responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test. In the event free testing is not available, testing may be done at the student’s or employee’s expense, where permitted by law.

Testing sites are available within the Peoria area. A test must either have emergency use authorization by the FDA or operate pursuant to the laboratory-developed test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Home tests do not qualify. 

Students and employees who fail to participate in the testing protocols or who have provided false documentation may be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the university.

Reasonable Accommodation

Those in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, must submit a completed request for accommodation form to Health Services (for students) and Human Resources (for employees) to begin the accommodation process. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Bradley University undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. 

Submitting Information Regarding Vaccines, Test Results or Exemptions

To submit vaccination status, to submit an outside COVID-19 test result, and/or to seek an exemption from the spring 2022 vaccine mandate, please use one of the follow methods:

Students:

Employees:

Compliance

Students and employees not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed on campus after Dec. 21, 2021. Employees will be placed on unpaid leave until their employment status is determined by the university, which may include termination of employment. Failure to comply with the provisions of this policy, including violations of requirements for those who have not been vaccinated (i.e., those who receive a medical or religious exemption), may lead to discipline, up to and including dismissal from the university.

Non-Retaliation

The university prohibits any form of discipline, reprisal, intimidation, or retaliation for reporting a violation of this policy or any other health and safety concern. Employees also have the right to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and the university will not discharge or discriminate or otherwise retaliate against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses or good faith health and safety concerns.

Policy Modification

Governmental and public health guidelines and restrictions and industry best practices regarding COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines are changing rapidly as new information becomes available, further research is conducted, and additional vaccines are approved and distributed. The university reserves the right to modify this policy at any time in its sole discretion to adapt to changing circumstances and business needs, consistent with its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

Policy Owner

Please direct any questions regarding this policy to Human Resources at buhr@fsmail.bradley.edu or (309) 677-3223.

Effective Date

Sept. 2, 2021; revised Oct. 27, 2021