Immunization Policy [PS-72]
Effective for the Fall semester 2005 and thereafter, no student shall enroll for the first time without documentation of adequate immunization for or immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria, and tuberculin skin testing (see below*). Undergraduate students returning to LSU after an absence of a semester or more shall be considered to be enrolling for the first time for purposes of this policy. Graduate students returning to LSU after an absence of three semesters or more shall be considered to be enrolling for the first time for purposes of this policy. This policy excludes students matriculating only in off-campus or continuing education/extension courses and degree only candidates. Exemptions from immunization requirements are permitted for medical, religious, or other personal reasons.
*Tuberculin skin testing is required for all students belonging to groups at high risk for TB infection or disease. Categories of high risk students rare listed on the LSU immunization form and include students who have lived in a county other than a list which includes the United States, students taking immunosuppressive medications such as prednisone, and those who have resided, worked or volunteered in a prison, homeless shelter, hospital, nursing home, or other long-term treatment facility. Students born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the requirement for proof of immunization for or immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. All students to whom this law applies are required to submit proof of immunizations, immunity or exemption to the Student Health Center after being admitted to the University. Failure to comply with Louisiana Law
R.S. 17:170; Schools of Higher Learning will cause a student to be ineligible to pay university fees and attend classes until the student complies. Classes may be purged if a student is not in compliance by established deadlines as promulgated by the Office of Admissions and Student Records. Requests for exemption because of medial reasons must be signed by a physician or other health care provider. Requests for waivers for exemption because of religions or other personal reasons may be signed by the student (or by a parent or legal guardian if the student is not yet 18 years of age).
Students who elect exemption from the immunization requirements for medical, religious, or other personal reasons and students who have not provided proof of adequate immunization or immunity for any other reason may, at the discretion of the Dean, be required to leave the campus in the event of an outbreak of measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, or tuberculosis on the campus and may be required to remain away from the campus has expired. An outbreak is defined as one case of measles and numbers of cases of mumps, rubella, and diphtheria as defined by the Louisiana State Health Officer. Students not immunized may avoid exclusion from the campus by obtaining immunization and furnishing proof thereof.
Please visit the Student Health Center, corner of West Chimes and Infirmary Road, the website at http://www.shc.lsu.edu/, or call 225/578-6271, if additional information is needed.