Utica College

Health Policies

Important policies regarding student health at Utica College.

Immunization Policy

All students enrolled in a New York State College must be in compliance with New York State Public Health Law 2165. Failure to meet these requirements may result in cancellation of registration.

All students taking six (6) or more credits per semester must submit the following proof of immunizations:

  • Measles
    Two doses of live measles vaccine. The first dose must have been received no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday and the second dose no less than 28 days after the first dose.

    The first dose must have been received on or after January 1, 1968.  Immunization prior to January 1, 1968 will be accepted if the Health Care Provider certifies a live vaccine was used.  Physician documentation of disease, or serologic evidence of immunity will be accepted.

  • Rubella
    One dose of live rubella vaccine administerd no more than four days prior to the student's first birthday and  must be given on/or after January 1, 1969.  Serologic evidence of immunity will be accepted.  Physician documented disease is not accepted.

  • Mumps
    One dose of live mumps vaccine administered no more than four days prior to the student's first birthday and must be given on/or after January 1, 1969.  Physician documentation of disease, or serologic evidence of immunity will be accepted.

  • Meningococcal Disease
    New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires colleges and universities to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students. All students must complete a meningitis response form indicating when they were vaccinated or if they are declining to be vaccinated. Either is acceptable. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/ to learn more.

In addition to the measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations, the American College Health Association (ACHA) strongly recommends that students be vaccinated against tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, polio, varicella, hepatitis B, and meningitis. At this time, law does not mandate them.

Students who are transferring  from another New York State College may have their immunization records faxed directly to the Student Health Center at (315) 792-3700. To avoid delays please contact the Student Health Center at the college you are transferring from as soon as possible.

The deadline for submitting the immunization record is 14 days from the start of classes, both for the Fall and Spring semesters. Failure to provide immunizations after that date will result in cancellation of your registration.
Please mail or fax records.

E-mail any questions to health@utica.edu.


Smoking Policy

It is the policy of the College to achieve a smoke free environment in accordance with Public Health Law, Article 13E, Section 1399 paragraph 02a "Smoking shall not be permitted and no person shall smoke in any indoor area open to the public in all public and private schools including elementary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and other education and vocational institutions."

As we learn more about the harmful effects of involuntary smoking, the public interest in non-smoking rules grows. There has been an increasing amount of new legislation on tobacco products and their use. Furthermore, based upon the negative health effects of smokeless tobacco and on the recommendation of the American College Health Association, it is also the policy of Utica College to restrict the use of smokeless tobacco as defined in the policy. For details about smoking and tobacco use on campus, including smoking cessation programs, see UC's Smoking Policy.

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