Letter from the President

A Message from Dr. Karen Cox: Student COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy

Dear Students,

There are many reasons you are choosing to step forward in your calling — making a real difference in the lives of others and your community likely tops that list.

As a University solely dedicated to healthcare, it is important for Chamberlain to be on the leading edge of preparing the next generation of extraordinary healthcare professionals. With that in mind, Chamberlain has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy that aligns with recent federal guidance and will help you stay on track with your educational journey while keeping the health and well-being of our students, colleagues and communities our top priority.

In order to protect you, your classmates and your families from contracting and spreading COVID-19, we are requiring vaccination. Otherwise, weekly testing will be required for students who are not fully vaccinated* to attend courses on campus or to enter a campus for any reason, including those who:

  • Choose not to be vaccinated
  • Are exempt from the vaccination requirement (including accommodations, exemptions and location exceptions) or have an accommodation or exemption request being reviewed by the Office of Student Disability Services or Office of Equity and Access
  • Have a first or second dose pending, or are in the process of waiting for 14 days after your final dose to be considered fully vaccinated
  • Have vaccination records under review

Please note your future clinical sites may require COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing.

What This Means for You

The following outlines the weekly testing requirements for those students who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Weekly Testing: Any Chamberlain student who has not established that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo weekly testing to be on premises at a Chamberlain campus. For information on how to find free testing sites in your area, please visit hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.
    • Weekly testing, which is the student’s responsibility to obtain, must be done using a test that either has Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA or operates per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tests may be either PCR or antigen and must provide you with verified results from a clinical lab. At-home COVID-19 tests will not be accepted.
    • Each time you arrive on campus, you will be required to complete the health screening questionnaire in the Safe App. Within this questionnaire, you will be asked to confirm that you have completed weekly testing and that you received a negative COVID-19 test result before you will be permitted to enter campus.
    • Chamberlain University reserves the right to request proof of the negative COVID-19 test results and determine the process for a compliance review and audit. Unvaccinated students failing to comply with the compliance protocol face disciplinary sanctions up to and including University expulsion.
      • Students selected for an audit have 24 hours to produce their proof of testing.
      • Students who do not submit proof of testing within 24 hours may not come to campus until proof is submitted.
      • After the initial 24-hour period, students who are not permitted on campus due to failure to submit proof of testing are subject to Chamberlain’s attendance policy, and may also be subject to Chamberlain’s code of conduct policy.
    • Each day a student accesses campus, the expectation is that the student has had a negative test result in the prior seven calendar days. However, students who have not yet received results from a recently completed test can indicate this in the Safe App and will be provided access to campus while awaiting results.
  • Students With Accommodations, Exemptions and Location Exceptions: In light of CDC guidance for institutions of higher education, Chamberlain University’s testing requirement applies to all unvaccinated students entering campus, including those who are unvaccinated because they have applied for or received an accommodation from the vaccination policy (based on accessibility, religion or disability) or have a location exception.
    • Unvaccinated students who would like to be considered for an accommodation from testing can apply by reaching out to:
  • Post-Licensure/Graduate Students: If an unvaccinated post-licensure/graduate student needs to be on premises at a Chamberlain campus (e.g., on-campus practicums if applicable), testing will be required. Chamberlain University prefers students attending in-person clinicals or practicum experiences also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Unvaccinated students attending clinical or practicum experiences may be subject to Chamberlain University’s COVID-19 testing requirement to attend those experiences.
    • Students are also subject to their clinical and/or practicum site requirements, which may include COVID-19 vaccination or testing.
    • Students who do not comply with those site-specific requirements may not be allowed to access the site, which could lead to additional consequences as set forth in the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.
  • Policy Compliance: If you do not submit proof of full vaccination via the Chamberlain Safe App or do not undergo weekly testing and complete the health screening questionnaire in the Safe App, you will not be permitted on campus and will be subject to Chamberlain’s attendance policy as outlined in the Chamberlain University Academic Catalog

Upload Your Proof of Vaccination

If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you can quickly and easily submit proof of vaccination via the Chamberlain Safe App, which is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can use the website here.

Questions? If you have questions not already addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions section of chamberlain.edu/coronavirus-vaccine-policy, please reach out to:

Thank you for doing your part to keep our communities healthy and safe. We look forward to supporting your journey toward making a difference in healthcare. 

*By fully vaccinated we mean two weeks have passed since you had your single (J&J) dose or two (Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinopharm-BBIBP, and CoronaVac) doses. Please see the policy for additional details.

Student Vaccine Policy FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Why has Chamberlain University implemented this COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy for students?

As a University solely dedicated to healthcare, it is important for us to do our part to stop the spread and risk of COVID-19 and to be on the leading edge of preparing the next generation of extraordinary healthcare professionals. With that in mind, Chamberlain has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy that aligns with recent federal guidance and will help you stay on track with your educational journey while keeping the health and well-being of our students, colleagues and communities our top priority.

In order to protect you, your classmates and your families from contracting and spreading COVID-19, we are requiring vaccination. Otherwise, weekly testing will be required for students who are not fully vaccinated to attend courses on campus or enter a campus for any reason, including those who:

  • Choose not to be vaccinated
  • Are exempt from the vaccination requirement (including accommodations, exemptions and location exceptions) or have an accommodation or exemption request being reviewed by the Office of Student Disability Services or Office of Equity and Access
  • Have a first or second dose pending, or are in the process of waiting for 14 days after your final dose to be considered fully vaccinated
  • Have vaccination records under review
Why should I consider getting vaccinated?

In addition to not having to undergo weekly testing to be on premises at a Chamberlain campus, there are many reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Here are some key points to consider:  

  • According to the CDC, vaccines are safe and effective and were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality needed to support approval or authorization of a vaccine.
  • Representing a milestone in the fight against the pandemic, the FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine on August 23, 2021. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. 
  • COVID-19 has caused a lot of severe illness, hospitalization and death. It’s our social responsibility as healthcare students, providers and educators to prevent the spread — and getting the vaccine is the most effective way to block transmission of COVID-19 between you and the community.  
  • More than 186 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S.    
  • Once you’re vaccinated, you may be able to start doing more of the activities you couldn’t do since the pandemic began (depending on local guidelines and restrictions).   
What does fully vaccinated mean?

A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after having all doses of a vaccine (two doses for Pfizer, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna; one dose for Johnson & Johnson).

I’m fully vaccinated. Do I still need to get tested for COVID-19?

No, fully vaccinated students do not need to test at this time. If you haven’t already done so, please log in to the Chamberlain Safe App to submit your proof of vaccination. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can submit proof of vaccination via the website here.

If I am vaccinated, how do I submit my proof of vaccination?

If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, please log in to the Chamberlain Safe App now to verify your vaccination status. Check out this step-by-step guide on How to Submit Proof of Vaccination. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can submit proof of vaccination via the website here.

What if I’ve received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine?

Weekly testing will be required until you are fully vaccinated if you need to be on premises at a Chamberlain campus.

If I’ve already had COVID-19 or have COVID-19 antibodies as a result of getting COVID-19, do I still need to here to the vaccine policy and weekly testing requirements?

Yes, you are still required to adhere to the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy.

Can I wear a mask if I am not vaccinated?

Choosing to wear a mask does not exempt you from adhering to the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy.

Will students be required to receive a booster shot in the future?

At this time, there is no requirement to receive a booster, but that may change as we continue evaluating the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We will communicate any requirement for a booster as the situation develops.

My classes are all online. Do I still need to get tested for COVID-19?

Unless you need to be on premises at a Chamberlain campus (e.g., on-campus practicums if applicable), testing will not be required. Chamberlain University prefers that students attending in-person clinicals or practicum experiences also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated students attending clinical or practicum experiences may be subject to Chamberlain University’s COVID-19 testing requirement to attend those experiences. Students are also subject to their clinical and/or practicum site requirements, which may include COVID-19 vaccination or testing. Students who do not comply with those site-specific requirements may not be allowed to access the site, which could lead to additional consequences as set forth in the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.

Testing Details

I’m not vaccinated. When would I need to test for COVID-19 to adhere to the policy?

As a student who is not fully vaccinated, you will need to undergo weekly testing for COVID-19 to be on premises at a Chamberlain campus. Each day that you access a campus, you are expected to have had a negative COVID-19 test result within the previous seven calendar days.

If I don’t take a COVID-19 test as outlined in the policy, what will happen?

If you do not submit proof of full vaccination via the Chamberlain Safe App or do not undergo weekly testing and complete the health screening questionnaire in the Safe App, you will not be permitted on campus and will be subject to Chamberlain’s attendance policy as outlined in the Chamberlain University Academic Catalog.   

What if I’ve taken a test and am awaiting test results?

You will be asked to indicate this in the Safe App and will be granted access to the campus.

What if I can’t find a COVID-19 testing site before accessing campus as outlined in the policy?

You will not be allowed to enter the campus. Testing site options are readily available at your county/city health department, your personal healthcare provider and pharmacies. For information on how to find free testing sites in your area, please visit hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.

Where do I go to get tested for COVID-19?

Obtaining COVID-19 tests is the student’s responsibility. All tests must be a COVID-19 test with Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA or tests that operate per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that are provided and reviewed by a third party (e.g., your local health department, health provider or pharmacy). Tests may be either PCR or antigen and must provide you with verified results from a clinical lab. At-home COVID-19 tests will not be accepted. For information on how to find free testing sites in your area, please visit hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.

Does my student health insurance (Aetna) cover the costs of weekly COVID-19 testing?

No, Aetna Student Health insurance does not cover asymptomatic testing or any testing as a requirement for school, work, concerts, travel, etc. Aetna only covers testing that is medically necessary in nature, such as symptomatic testing and testing of those exposed to COVID-19. For information on how to find free testing sites in your area, please visit hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites.

How will weekly COVID-19 testing be verified?

Each time you arrive on campus, you will be required to complete the health screening questionnaire in the Safe App. Within this questionnaire, you will be asked to confirm that you have completed weekly testing and that you received a negative COVID-19 test result before you will be permitted to enter. Chamberlain University reserves the right to request proof of the negative COVID-19 test results and determine process for compliance reviews. Unvaccinated students failing to comply with the compliance protocol face disciplinary sanctions up to and including University expulsion.

  • Students selected for an audit have 24 hours to produce their proof of testing.
  • Students who do not submit proof of testing within 24 hours may not come to campus until proof is submitted.
  • After the initial 24-hour period, students who are not permitted on campus due to failure to submit proof of testing are subject to Chamberlain’s attendance policy, and may also be subject to Chamberlain’s code of conduct policy.
What is the process for compliance reviews of the testing requirement?

A random selection of unvaccinated students who entered campus will be required to upload proof of their negative COVID-19 test results. You may also be required to upload proof of your negative test results in other instances, as directed by Chamberlain University, so be sure to maintain your records. Unvaccinated students failing to comply with the compliance protocol face disciplinary sanctions up to and including University expulsion.

  • Students selected for an audit have 24 hours to produce their proof of testing.
  • Students who do not submit proof of testing within 24 hours may not come to campus until proof is submitted.
  • After the initial 24-hour period, students who are not permitted on campus due to failure to submit proof of testing are subject to Chamberlain’s attendance policy, and may also be subject to Chamberlain’s code of conduct policy.

Accommodations, Exemptions and Exceptions

If I have already applied for or received an exemption from vaccination, do I need to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing to access a Chamberlain campus?

Yes, regardless of the type of exemption from vaccination, you are still required to take a COVID-19 test as outlined in the policy if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19. In light of CDC guidance for institutions of higher education, Chamberlain University’s testing requirement applies to all unvaccinated students entering campus, including those who are unvaccinated because they have applied for or received an accommodation from the vaccination policy (based on accessibility, religion or disability) or have a location exception.

If you would like to be considered for an accommodation from testing, you will need to apply by reaching out to:

The accommodation and exemption process is interactive and may require students to provide supplemental information, such as supporting documentation from a healthcare provider or how the requested accommodation will fulfill the student's need to meet their religious beliefs. If you are seeking an accommodation or exemption, we encourage you to start the request process as soon as possible.

What does the disability accommodation policy entail and how do I apply?

In accordance with Chamberlain University’s disability accommodation policy, Chamberlain University provides reasonable accommodations, absent undue hardship, to qualified individuals with disabilities that enable them to participate in their educational program. Reasonable accommodations may include appropriate adjustment or modifications of policies, including this policy.

If you believe you need an accommodation regarding this policy because of a disability, you are responsible for requesting a reasonable accommodation from the institution or program’s disability services provider. The Office of Student Disability Services can be reached at chamberlainosds@adtalem.com or 855.229.0848 to begin the request process. Please note that documentation will be required as part of the process.

What do religious accommodations include?

Adtalem Global Education and its institutions – including Chamberlain University –  provide reasonable accommodations to students with sincerely held religious beliefs, observances or practices that conflict with getting vaccinated, receiving the type of vaccine currently available or testing. If you believe you need an accommodation regarding this policy because of your sincerely held religious belief, you are responsible for requesting a reasonable accommodation from the Office of Equity and Access at equity@adtalem.com.

When submitting a request to the Office of Equity and Access for a religious accommodation, please keep in mind that to expedite the review of your request, you should provide the following with your submission:

  • How the requested accommodation will fulfill the student’s need to meet their religious beliefs (i.e., how a student’s sincerely held religious belief, practice or observation conflicts with the requirements in Chamberlain’s Student COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy); and
  • Any additional relevant information the student wants considered in the review.

The above should be submitted to the Office of Equity and Access in one completed file. If something further is necessary to make a determination, the student will be informed.

What does exemption for access reasons include?

Exemptions for students who are unable to access the vaccine or testing may be available on a case-by-case basis. Students requesting an exemption are required to provide supporting documentation outlining why their circumstances prevent them from obtaining a vaccine or testing to equity@adtalem.com. For exemption requests not related to health conditions or religious reasons, students are required to upload a personal statement explaining their lack of access, along with the exemption form.

How are determinations on requested accommodations and exemptions made?

Adtalem and its institutions make determinations about requested accommodations and exemptions on a case-by-case basis considering various factors and based on an individualized assessment in each situation. Adtalem and its institutions strive to make these determinations expeditiously and in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner and will inform you after we make a determination. Access Exemption determinations are final, conclusive, and binding.

If I receive an exemption from Chamberlain, will that exemption apply to clinical sites?

No, an exemption only applies to Chamberlain. If you are seeking an exemption to vaccination and/or testing requirements of a clinical site, you will have to use the exemption process for that specific clinical site.

I am a student in Florida or Texas. How does this policy apply to me?

As a student in Florida or Texas, even though we do not require proof of vaccination, this policy still applies, and vaccination itself is expected. If you don’t submit proof of vaccination, you’ll need to abide by Chamberlain’s testing policy and COVID-19 safety measures when in person at our facilities and attending University-sponsored activities, check in daily via the Safe App when in person at our facilities and abide by the testing requirement. You may, however, choose to provide proof of vaccination. Should you choose to provide proof, you may be excused from testing and certain COVID-19 safety measures, as communicated by Chamberlain and Adtalem.

I am a student in Louisiana. How does this policy apply to me?

In addition to the exemptions in the policy (for disability, religious or access reasons), as a student in Louisiana, if you provide a written dissent to the policy to equity@adtalem.com (signed by the student or if the student is under 18 years of age, signed by their parent or guardian), you will be exempt from the requirement to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. No further documentation will be required. If you don’t submit proof of vaccination, you’ll need to abide by Chamberlain’s COVID-19 safety measures when in person at our facilities and attending University-sponsored activities, check in daily via the Safe App when in person at our facilities and abide by the testing requirement. You may, however, choose to provide proof of vaccination. Should you choose to provide proof, you may be excused from testing and certain COVID-19 safety measures, as communicated by Chamberlain and Adtalem.

I am a student in Alabama or Oklahoma. How does this policy apply to me?

As a student in Alabama or Oklahoma, you are not required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and you will not be required to submit records related to that vaccination. If you don’t submit proof of vaccination, you’ll need to abide by Chamberlain’s testing policy and COVID-19 safety measures when in person at our facilities and attending University-sponsored activities, check in daily via the Safe App when in person at our facilities and abide by the testing requirement. You may, however, choose to provide proof of vaccination. Should you choose to provide proof, you may be excused from testing and certain COVID-19 safety measures, as communicated by Chamberlain and Adtalem.

Proof of Vaccination and Safe App Instructions

If I have been fully vaccinated, what do I need to do to provide proof of vaccination?

If you have been fully vaccinated, you can provide proof of vaccination from the vaccine administrator or a CDC-issued vaccination card including the vaccination place, date(s) and name via the Chamberlain Safe App. Please do not include any medical or genetic information with your proof of vaccination. Rest assured that we will keep your vaccination information confidential.

To get started, download the Chamberlain Safe App from Google Play or the Apple Store to your Android or iOS device. If you already have the app on your phone or tablet, you may be prompted to update to a later version.

Check out this step-by-step guide on How to Submit Proof of Vaccination. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can submit proof of vaccination via the website here.

How do I download the Chamberlain Safe App?

The Chamberlain Safe App is available for download to your Android or iOS device via Google Play or the Apple App Store. 

What if I don’t have a smartphone or tablet?

You can submit proof of vaccination via the website here: chamberlain.apparmor.com/webapp/default.aspx?menu=Vaccine+Passport. Please note that the web version works best using Google Chrome.

Who do I contact if I have issues uploading my proof of vaccination?

Our support team at asksecurity@adtalem.com is available to assist should you experience any issues. 

My status in the Safe App says “In Progress” – what should I do?

Sit tight. Your status will automatically update once it has been reviewed. If your status is still pending after seven (7) business days, you can reach out to asksecurity@adtalem.com. If your status is still pending when you need to be on premises at a Chamberlain campus, COVID-19 testing will be required.

My status in the Safe App says “Denied” – what should I do?

Most applications that are placed in denied status are due to incorrect or no images of vaccination records being submitted. Resubmit your information, ensuring that your complete vaccination record has been provided. If you have further issues, contact asksecurity@adtalem.com.

I lost my vaccine card. What do I do?

Please make arrangements with the government agency, company or store at which you were vaccinated to obtain another copy of your proof of vaccination. Until you are able to submit your proof of vaccination, you will be required to undergo weekly testing to access a campus.

I've already uploaded my proof of vaccination to Complio. Do I also need to submit via the Chamberlain Safe App?

Yes. We appreciate you taking the time to upload items in Complio for clinical healthcare compliance and clinical site requirements. However, in order to comply with the policy, you will need to log in to the Chamberlain Safe App to verify your vaccination status. Check out this step-by-step guide on How to Submit Proof of Vaccination. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can submit proof of vaccination via the website here.

Are Federal Work Study students, Student Ambassadors and colleagues enrolled in Chamberlain courses required to upload vaccination status as a both a student and a colleague?

Yes, all Federal Work Study students, Student Ambassadors and colleagues enrolled in coursework at Chamberlain University are required to submit their vaccination documentation as both a student and a colleague. These individuals will need to log in to the Safe App using their Student D# and their Colleague D#.

Pre-Licensure Applicants

Can I go to campus for fingerprinting if I am not fully vaccinated or have not received testing?

Yes, you are considered a visitor before you start your classes. All visitors must comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols as communicated by Chamberlain.

When the admission process returns to campus and interviews are conducted in person, will I be required to adhere to the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy?

No, you are considered a visitor before you start your classes. All visitors must comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols as communicated by Chamberlain.

Vaccine Resources

Vaccine Information: US 

In addition to the resources below, you can visit the CDC’s Vaccine Resource webpage, which links to each state’s vaccine resources.  

Nationwide 

Campus