On June 10, 2021, Gonzaga announced that all campus-based undergraduate, graduate, and law students will be required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to participate in in-person, campus-based programs and activities, including eligibility to study abroad. Read the full announcement for more details.
Answers to some of the most common questions about the student vaccine requirement can be found here.
Yes, unless you are a student who is never going to visit campus. To participate in in-person, campus-based programs and activities, Gonzaga University will require all campus-based undergraduate, graduate, and law students to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (along with other required vaccines*) by August 6.
- Students in graduate-level online programs who do not ever come to campus are not required to submit COVID-19 vaccination proof or documentation.
- Students in programs that are offered partly on campus/in person, including online graduate students who come to campus at any point in the academic year for an immersion, commencement ceremony, or any other reason must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
- Students who wish to study abroad must submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
If you are not yet vaccinated, or must still receive a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, we urge you to complete the full course of treatment by August 6, and submit proof of vaccination, prior to arrival on campus.
* First-year students will submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination along with proof of other required vaccines to Gonzaga's Vaccination portal, Medicat. Returning students will only need to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination; other required vaccines will have already been submitted prior to their first semester at GU.
International students who have received a World Health Organization authorized COVID-19 vaccination will be considered vaccinated.
For international students or others who may have difficulty obtaining COVID-19 vaccines, vaccines will be available through Gonzaga University after your arrival.
- Unvaccinated international students will be required to quarantine for 7-10 days after arriving in the United States in accordance with current CDC travel requirements. These students will be supported in obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine after arrival.
Students in graduate-level online programs who do not ever come to campus are not required to submit COVID-19 vaccination proof or documentation.
Our goal is for all our faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated, with exemptions accommodated in limited cases for medical or religious reasons.
The online health portal is accessible to provide documentation for vaccination status and any exemptions for either religious beliefs or medical reasons, as is the case for other required vaccinations.
This decision was not taken lightly. Gonzaga leadership, including a dedicated work group, spent many months discussing and researching this decision. Here are some of the reasons why this decision was made:
- It is Gonzaga’s goal to resume as near-normal of operations in the fall as possible in order to deliver the holistic educational experience to which we are committed. This includes in-person instruction, shared residence hall spaces, communal dining, student sports, recreation, and performance activities.
- We concluded that this decision is the best way to fulfill our moral, ethical, and legal obligation to endeavor to create and support a reasonably safe and hazard-free campus and work environment for our students, faculty and staff.
- The decision aligns with our University’s Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic mission, which focuses on the common good as well as one’s own thriving and development.
- Vaccination is supported by local, state, and national public health agencies as the primary tool for preventing COVID-19, and ending the pandemic.
- This decision allows Gonzaga the necessity to channel more resources into creating an inclusive, in-person experience and less on COVID-19 testing, isolation and quarantine services.
- Vaccinations are readily attainable on campus and in communities throughout the country. Since February, Gonzaga has partnered with local healthcare providers to make COVID vaccines more widely available here in Spokane, and vaccines are now available for not only adults, but children age 12 and over.
To upload your documentation, visit Gonzaga's COVID-19 vaccination portal, Medicat, at www.gonzaga.edu/VaxPortal. Once you go to this link, enter your student ID and password and follow the steps to uploading your documentation.
The deadline for uploading your documentation is AUGUST 6. This means documenting that you have received both shots of Moderna or Pfizer, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson by August 6. This will allow for you to be fully vaccinated in time for your arrival to Gonzaga, which is defined as 2 weeks following your last vaccination shot.
We will continue to inform the community of any additional critical dates as we near the fall semester.
To show our thanks for your diligence, those who upload their vaccination status by the August 6 deadline will be eligible for weekly prize giveaways.
We will be drawing for prizes on Wednesday, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11.
Students must be fully vaccinated to attend Gonzaga in the fall, or have an approved medical or religious exemption, which must also be declared to the University by August 6. Students who do not upload documentation of full vaccination or a verified religious or medical exemption by August 6, will have their accounts placed on hold, which means they will not be able to drop or add classes, attend class, or access facilities on campus. Once students begin the vaccine documentation process, the hold on their account will be released. If you have concerns about, or difficulty obtaining, a COVID-19 vaccine, please contact the Health and Counseling Services (HCS) office for further information at 509-313-4052.
If you have questions about your COVID-19 Vaccination verification, or are experiencing difficulties uploading your documents, please contact Medicat’s Compliance Services. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Messages tab in the Medicat portal.
Notification takes approximately 5 business days and you will receive a confirmation email that your status has been approved. Once you upload your documentation, you do not need to do anything else.
If you're a student leader and coming back to campus mid-August, you will want to complete your vaccination immediately so that you are fully vaccinated when you arrive. If you have begun the vaccination process but are not yet fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a face mask and physically distance while on campus.
Gonzaga’s primary mode of academic delivery for undergraduate students for fall 2021 will be in-person. Therefore, the ability for undergraduate students to attend remotely as they did last academic year will not be possible.
We want to underscore the significance of wearing of masks and maintaining distance where possible. Face coverings, when appropriately utilized, can be incredibly effective at reducing viral spread.
Due to the large numbers of people coming together from many different places, the numerous viral variants circulating in the world, and the fundamental obligation we all have to protect ourselves and each other – as of August 16, 2021 we are requiring all students and employees (vaccinated or not) to wear face coverings (e.g., masks) for at least the first several weeks of the fall semester in congregate indoor spaces (e.g., classrooms, labs, large meeting areas, and public gathering spaces) where numerous people are gathering in close proximity. It is assumed that small groups of fully vaccinated individuals may safely gather without masks, for example while eating in dining facilities, in residence halls, and small meeting areas. In consultation with the Spokane Regional Health District, certain areas (e.g., the Rudolf Fitness Center) will operate with specific protocols. We hope to relax mask protocols once we have a sense of the incidence of COVID-19 in our community. Per State requirements, all unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks in congregate indoor spaces. Those who are vaccinated may choose to wear masks for any reason. Assumptions about vaccine status should not be made based upon whether a mask is being worn, or not.
In addition, we will ask community members to consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. Per State directives, community members that are unvaccinated must wear masks and physically distance indoors. However, those who are vaccinated may choose to wear a mask for any reason. Assumptions about vaccine status should not be made based upon whether a mask is being worn or distance observed.
Yes, it is completely acceptable to wear a mask and physical distance if you have been vaccinated. We understand there are many reasons why someone may wish to do this. Gonzaga will strive to make it clear to the campus community that this is completely acceptable, and that no one should be discriminated against in any way due to the observance of masking, distancing, or other health and safety measures.
The widespread adoption of vaccines is considered the primary method of bringing the coronavirus pandemic to an end.
Due to the incredible, decades-long work of scientists and pharmaceutical companies on coronaviruses and mRNA research – and with the massive financial support of the federal government – COVID-19 vaccines are now a reality.
Students who need additional information about obtaining COVID-19 vaccines or documentation should contact the Health and Counseling Services (HCS) office for further information. Please contact HCS at (509)313-4052.
For other questions about the vaccine requirement announcement, please contact Gonzaga University Call Center at (509) 313-7070.
Students are instructed to contact their primary care provider (PCP) to discuss and obtain a signed document that verifies they have discussed their objection to being vaccinated for COVID-19. The PCP will discuss the risks and benefits of COVID-19 immunization, the potential risks of non-immunization, and the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak to the individual / parent or guardian obtaining an exemption.
The PCP does not determine the validity of a religious exemption but acknowledges that the student has been informed of any risks associated with a decision to seek exemption.
The document for PCP signature is available on the online health portal. It may be printed for the provider to sign and must be uploaded through the portal. Students with an exemption are required to wear a mask when indoors and outdoors in group settings and when 6ft of physical distance cannot be met.
Students are instructed to contact their primary care provider (PCP) to discuss and obtain a signed document that verifies the student and PCP have discussed the medical exemption related to COVID-19 vaccination. The PCP will certify the medical contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccination. The PCP will discuss the risks and benefits of COVID-19 immunization, the potential risks of non-immunization, and the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak to the individual / parent or guardian obtaining an exemption.
The document for PCP signature is available on the online health portal. It may be printed for the provider to sign and must be uploaded through the portal.
Students without a PCP or who are not covered by insurance will be individually guided to an acceptable alternative by Health & Counseling Services staff, who can be contacted by calling 509-313-4052.Students with an exemption are required to wear a mask when indoors and outdoors in group settings and when 6ft of physical distance cannot be met.
Yes, COVID-19 vaccination is required for all faculty, staff, and administrators, contract partners and volunteers, by order of the Governor. These requirements apply to adjunct faculty and event staff as well. Exemptions to this requirement may be requested for medical or religious reasons. . You can find out more about the Governor's directives here, and read his recent Proclamations here and here.
Employees can access the Benefits portal to attest/submit documentation to their vaccination status. Find step-by-step instructions for using the benefits portal to upload your vaccination status here.