If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

In preparation for a full in-person return to our Weston campus for the fall 2021 semester, all students, faculty, and staff who will live, learn, and work on campus or who will participate in Regis in-person activities are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Below are some commonly asked questions and more information regarding the vaccine requirement will be shared as it becomes available.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

  • Why is Regis requiring vaccinations for COVID-19?

    COVID-19 vaccines are a critical component in our return to pre-pandemic normalcy. The health and wellness of our community remains a top priority, and this decision is guided by local and state public health agencies, our medical experts, and our COVID-19 Response Team. Vaccines are safe and effective, reducing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to the virus. Viral spread will be significantly limited once the majority of the population is vaccinated.

  • What date must I be fully vaccinated?

    We are requiring all individuals who live, learn, or work on the Weston campus to be fully vaccinated by Monday, August 16, 2021.

  • I need support explaining to my family that the COVID-19 vaccine is required.

    Students in need of support should contact a member of the Student Affairs team who can connect students with the appropriate resources and information. In addition, they are available to advise students as they navigate this conversation with their family.

  • Where can I receive my COVID-19 vaccine?

    Regis will host a vaccination clinic at our Weston campus for all community members on Friday, May 21. The clinic will offer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. To receive your second dose, you will be required to present proof of your first vaccination 21 days prior.

    For other options, please visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ vaccine website to locate a clinic and schedule your appointment. For community members outside of Massachusetts, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 website for more information about how to obtain your vaccination.

  • When am I considered fully vaccinated?

    In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • How will I show proof of my vaccination?

    Students can submit their vaccine documentation via Castle Branch. Castle Branch is the online private secure document center where all students submit their health information such as vaccinations/immunizations, physical exams, etc. Email instructions on setting up this account will be sent soon.

    Students, faculty, and staff will also be required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination through their CoVerified account. Those who have not uploaded their vaccination status will be restricted on campus.

    An announcement will be made in the coming weeks on how faculty and staff can submit proof of immunizations.

  • Which vaccines are accepted by Regis college?

    We will accept the following vaccines:

    1. Moderna - mRNA
    2. Pfizer - mRNA
    3. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson and Johnson - Viral Vector
  • Where can I find information about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine?

    Individuals seeking additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine should speak with their primary health care provider or the Regis Center for Health and Wellness. Additional information and resources are provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  • How do I apply for a medical or disability exemption?

    Individuals seeking a medical or disability exemption must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Medical or Disability Exemption Request form and provide supporting documentation from your medical provider. Regis College Health Services will review requests for these exemptions.

    Personal health information will not be shared outside of staff in Health Services. Faculty and staff should note that this information will not be provided to Human Resources or your supervisor. If a medical or disability exemption is approved, Health Services will notify the Office of Student Accessibility Services (for students) or the Office of Human Resources (for employees) of the approval only. No information about why the exemption was approved will be disclosed. Health Services may need to be consulted to determine appropriate accommodations (see below).

  • Q: How do I apply for a religious exemption?

    Individuals seeking an exemption based on sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemption Request form. Requests will be reviewed by the Religious Exemption Review Committee.

    If a religious exemption is approved, a notice will be sent the Office of Student Accessibility Services (for students) or the Office of Human Resources (for employees) of the approval only. No information about why the exemption was approved will be disclosed.

  • What happens if my exemption is approved?

    If your exemption is approved, you will be notified in writing and Regis will work with you to reasonably accommodate your individual circumstances. In making accommodations, Regis’ primary concern is to protect both your health and safety, and the health and safety of the larger community.

    Depending on your individual needs, you may be permitted on the Regis campuses and/or to participate in Regis in-person activities, but with limitations or alterations. Limitations or alterations may include, but are not limited to, changes to work schedule, office location, residence status, or residence hall location. Individuals with an exemption may also need to comply with extra health requirements (beyond those that apply to the Regis community as a whole) such as wearing face masks/coverings, practicing social distancing, or submitting to regular COVID-19 surveillance testing.

    Regarding remote work or remote coursework, this may be available as an accommodation in certain circumstances. See below.

    The Office of Student Accessibility Services will work with students and the Office of Human Resources will work with employees to determine which accommodations or changes are reasonable. In either case, Health Services may be consulted to help determine how an individual may safely be present on the Regis campuses and/or participate in Regis in-person activities.

  • If I choose not to be vaccinated, can I still pursue my major?

    Students without documentation of vaccination or a valid exemption (religious, medical). will be considered noncompliant with the university's COVID-19 vaccination policy. They will not be permitted to study in person on the Weston Campus and may be prevented from participating in any required off-site clinical placements. Remote options to make academic progress will be extremely limited.

  • If I have an approved exemption, can I work or attend class remotely?

    Regis’ goal is to restore in-person operations as much as possible this fall. If you have an approved exemption, remote work or remote coursework is one of several accommodations that may be available.

    In general, remote work or remote coursework may be a reasonable accommodation if it does not interfere with a student’s academic program or an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of their position. An approved exemption is not an automatic or guaranteed return to remote work or remote coursework.

  • What information should I NOT share?

    Do not share or disclose information beyond what is needed to determine your vaccination status or exemption status.

    Employees must not share their health or medical information with their supervisor. This includes individual or family medical history information and genetic information.

  • I am a student with an approved exemption, how will this affect my clinical or internship?

    An approved exemption may limit your ability to complete an internship, clinical, or fieldwork placement. In certain situations, being at a placement site or on campus without being vaccinated may pose a significant health and safety risk. If this risk cannot be mitigated, you may need to change your placement site or may be unable to complete a placement altogether.

  • Will my approved exemption apply to any other external requirement for the completion of my degree?

    No. Internships, clinical or fieldwork placements, or other external sites set their own health and immunization requirements, separate from Regis College. An approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption from Regis will not exempt you from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement imposed by your internship, clinical, fieldwork placement, or external site. Please consult with the Center for Internships and Career Placement or your academic programs to determine how this may affect your academic requirements.

  • I have an underlying medical condition; can I still get the vaccine?

    People with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate, severe reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Learn more about vaccination considerations for people with underlying medical conditions. Vaccination is an important consideration for adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For those who cannot receive a vaccination due to medical reasons, your provider can complete a medical waiver form to submit to health services.

  • What are mRNA and viral vector vaccines and how do they work?

    Messenger RNA vaccines, also called mRNA vaccines, teach our cells how to make a protein – or even just a piece of a protein – that triggers an immune response inside our bodies.

    Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus (the vector) to deliver important instructions to our cells.

    The benefit of mRNA and viral vector vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain protections without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.

  • Will the COVID-19 vaccine help keep me from getting COVID-19?

    All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting COVID-19 vaccine also helps keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.

    Please visit the CDC website to learn more about the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine:

    Benefits of Getting Vaccinated

  • What are the most common side effects when getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

    After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • If I have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days (about three months), can I still receive the vaccine?

    Yes, if you are not symptomatic and have been medically cleared by a doctor after having COVID-19, you are able to get vaccinated.

  • Why do I need to get vaccinated if I’ve had COVID-19?

    You should be vaccinated regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. This is because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible, although rare, that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.

  • When can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I am also due for other vaccines?

    Regis recognizes that you have other vaccine and health requirements as students. You will need to plan and schedule your vaccine/testing based on the following guidelines:

    COVID-19 vaccines should be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccine.

    The tuberculin skin test (TST), used for testing for Tuberculosis, cannot be done at the same time as mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, these tests must be delayed at least four weeks (28 days) after the completion of mRNA COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

    None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Therefore, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

  • Should I still monitor my daily symptoms after I am fully vaccinated?

    Yes, all members of the Regis community are required to submit their daily symptom screening on CoVerified, regardless of vaccination status.

    Record of no COVID-19 symptoms is required to access classrooms and other campus communal spaces.

  • Should I get vaccinated if I am pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or I am breastfeeding?

    Please contact your health care provider with specific questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy or breastfeeding. You can also consult the frequently asked questions from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

General Health and Safety

  • Is there a cost for on-campus testing?

    No, there will be no charge for COVID testing. For further information regarding how COVID-19 testing works please visit our Health and Safety protocol page.

  • Do I need to wear a face covering on campus?

    Masks are not required in indoor common or shared spaces, or when outdoors on campus for fully vaccinated people. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear masks whenever on campus.

    Masks and face coverings are required in classrooms and lab settings, regardless of vaccination status.

    In order to ensure the proper fit and usage of protective facial masks and coverings, all students, faculty and staff will be responsible for the provision of their own facial coverings or masks.

    Regis will have a supply of facial coverings in case of emergency located at the Regis College Police Department and Health Services. Masks should be made of cloth or be of the three-ply disposable nature.

  • I need an accommodation. Who do I contact?

    The Office of Accessibility Services is the point of contact for student accommodations. Students can complete an online application to make a request.

    Students can upload medical/professional documentation, or they may have it faxed to the office by their medical provider. A staff member from OSAS will review the documents and reach out to the student to set up an intake meeting.

    Clear Mask Accommodations

    There will be accommodations for students that utilize lip reading and non-verbal communication queues through facial expressions in the classroom, both with their faculty members and their peers. Facial coverings greatly impact their ability to communicate and comprehend. Clear masks, as well as the possible use of face shields, are options for these students and their professors. All decisions related to masks in the classroom for faculty or students will include the Medical Director of Health Services.

    Students with Breathing Concerns

    Some students may have limited lung capacity or other significant breathing issues that make them medically unable to wear a face mask. Each request will be evaluated individually, in partnership with Health Services, to determine if this is reasonable. If this accommodation is granted, it will be indicated to faculty and necessary staff in a student’s accommodation letter, and the student will receive a sticker for the back of their student ID.

    Immunocompromised Students

    Accommodations will be made in the case of students who are immunocompromised and may not feel safe returning to the campus or the classroom, but still want to continue their studies. Those students may request an accommodation to allow them to continue their studies remotely to avoid any interruption in their academic program.

  • If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I need to continue to get my weekly on-campus test?

    No. Beginning Monday, May 31, Regis community members who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be required to do weekly testing.

    Those who are not fully vaccinated will still need to test each week.

  • If I am enrolled in a graduate online program, can I enroll in the testing protocol?

    No. Only those required and approved for on-campus commitments are able to be entered into the testing protocol.

  • Are counseling services available?

    Yes, counseling services will be provided by video conferencing and phone.

    Virtual Counseling Sessions

    Counseling sessions via video conferencing and phone are available during the week:

    • Monday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    To speak with a member of the counseling staff, students should call the Counseling Center at 781.768.7290 or email Kathryn Klickstein, director of counseling to schedule an appointment.

    Talk One2One

    Talk One2O​ne is a free, confidential, phone counseling service that provides immediate support to students wanting to speak with a counselor right away. Students can call if they are in crisis and speak with a mental health professional who will assess the situation and help connect the student with support as needed. Students do not need to be in crisis to utilize this service. People who are feeling overwhelmed and in need of “in the moment” support can call to talk with a counselor. Students simply call 1.800.756.3124 anytime 24/7. There is no cost to students for using this service.

  • My campus COVID test came back invalid or positive, what should I do?

    Please review the testing FAQs listed on the Reporting and Testing page for more information on what happens if a test comes back as invalid or positive.

  • What is Regis' exposure to COVID protocol?

    The protocol for exposure/positive diagnosis is explained in detail on the Reporting and Testing page.

Academic Information

Tuition

Housing and Residence Life

  • Can I opt out of the meal plan?

    Residential students may not opt out of their dining plan. Aramark has worked to modify the main dining hall for health and safety guidelines.

Athletics

  • Will I still have access to my coach?

    Student-athletes will have access to an assistant coach, head coach or assigned administrative liaison at various points throughout the first semester.

  • What will happen to my eligibility?

    You will be updated on all NCAA blanket waivers that apply to you and your coach can answer any additional questions you have. Laura Violette, assistant director of athletics, can answer any other compliance related question you have.

  • Will there be any athletic facilities or fitness centers available for students on campus?

    Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the Fitness Center and Pool will be open to all students, faculty, and staff with a current valid Regis ID.

    Tuesday July 6, through Friday, August 13

    • Fitness Center Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Pool Hours (subject to limited lane usage): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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