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Fall 2021 – COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy


Pursuant to Executive Order 2021-22, issued by Governor JB Pritzker on September 3, 2021, students, faculty and staff of higher education institutions, including SIUE, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Individuals who 1.) have received an exemption noted below or 2.) are unwilling to vaccinate, are both required to undergo weekly COVID screening testing in an effort to proactively identify infected people who may be asymptomatic and thus prevent further spread of the virus in the workplace and in our community. 

Executive Order 2021-20 requires unvaccinated students and employees to be excluded from the premises unless they comply with the testing requirements.   

Executive Order 2021-22 defines a “Higher Education Student” as an individual “enrolled in credit-bearing or non-credit bearing coursework at an Institution of Higher Education, either on campus or at an affiliated off-campus location. The term “Higher Education Student” does not include individuals who complete their coursework exclusively remotely.

Executive Order 2021-22 defines “Higher Education Personnel” as any individual who:

  • “is employed by, volunteers for, or is contracted to provide services for an Institution of Higher Education, or is employed by an entity contracted to provide services for an Institution of Higher Education, and
  • is in close contact (fewer than 6 feet) with other persons on the campus or in a campus-affiliated building or location for more than 15 minutes at least once a week on a regular basis.”

Individuals are exempt from the requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if:

  • vaccination is medically contraindicated, including any individual who is entitled to an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or any other law applicable to a disability-related reasonable accommodation, or
  • vaccination would require the individual to violate or forgo a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Screening testing is intended to identify people who are infected and are asymptomatic and do not know, suspect or report exposure to COVID-19. Screening helps to identify unknown cases, so that measures can be taken to prevent further transmission in the campus community.

Students, faculty and staff are expected to complete a required screening test by Thursday (Friday for East St. Louis employees) of the first week they arrive on campus, and each week thereafter.

Students enrolled in credit-bearing or non-credit-bearing coursework AND who are taking a fully online class schedule as identified in Cougar Net, AND do not plan to work on campus, utilize on-campus services or attend on-campus activities, are not required to test.  Students taking hybrid classes, on-ground classes and using University facilities are required to test each week if they are not fully vaccinated. 

Higher education personnel who have a current approved remote work agreement on file with Human Resources to work a fully remote schedule are also not required to test.

Evidence of full vaccination status may be met by submitting one of the following online at

  • a CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card or photograph of the card;
  • documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record;
  • state immunization records.

Individuals who have not established that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should submit a temporary testing exemption request if they have:

  • tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days
  • are currently in SIUE directed quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.

If individuals do not participate in COVID-19 screening testing the following protocol will be utilized to address non-compliance.


  • Employees who do not comply with the testing requirement will be referred to Human Resources for progressive disciplinary action.
  • Procedures required by any applicable collective bargaining agreement will be followed.


  • Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses who do not comply with the testing requirement will be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action and policy compliance.
  • Students enrolled in non-credit courses who do not comply with the testing requirement will be referred to the appropriate university employee for disciplinary action and policy compliance.

Approved by Chancellor effective 9/23/21
This policy was issued on September 24, 2021.
Document Reference: Covid-19 Fall 2021 Vaccine and Testing Policy
Origin: SIUE Pandemic Planning Core Team

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