Union Institute and University

Student Leave Of Absence

Effective July 1, 2014, as revised


Union Institute & University does not require that students or employees be immunized against any communicable diseases. UI&U students living outside the U.S. may be required to provide proof of immunization in order to qualify for temporary visas.

There are, at present, no federal or state regulations requiring immunization of adult citizens (i.e., individuals age 18 or older), although the National Immunization Program recommends certain vaccinations for adults. An overview of regulations in those states where UI&U operates academic centers follows. State regulations apply only to the locations where UI&U operates permanent academic centers.


The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 1713.55 states that an institution of higher education shall not permit a student to reside in on-campus housing unless the student discloses whether s/he has been vaccinated against meningococcal disease and hepatitis B by submitting a meningitis and hepatitis B vaccination status statement. Because UI&U has no on-campus housing, this statute does not apply to UI&U.


Pursuant to 18 V.S.A. Section 1123, the Vermont Department of Health has promulgated regulations establishing minimum immunization requirements for attendance at public or independent post-secondary schools. Vt. Code. R. 13 140 021. The regulations exempt students whose instruction is provided in a non-campus-based setting like UI&U’s centers; therefore, the regulations do not apply to UI&U students.


Florida’s Title 48, Chapter 1006, Section 1006.69 has a two-part requirement. The first requirement that colleges and universities obtain documentation of student vaccination does not apply to UI&U, as UI&U students do not reside in on-campus housing. The statute also requires that post-secondary educational institutions “provide detailed information concerning the risks associated with meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis B and the availability, effectiveness, and known contraindications of any required or recommended vaccine to every student …who has been accepted for admission.” This required information is included below.


Subject to certain exceptions, California Health and Safety Code Section 120390.5 requires first-time enrollees at California public universities who are 18 years of age or younger to provide proof of immunization against Hepatitis B as a condition of enrollment. This statute is not applicable to UI&U as it is a private institution.