The State of Illinois College Immunization Code (77 ILL.ADM.CODE 694) and Aurora University requires that specific health/immunization records be on file in the Wellness Center PRIOR to arrival. All students listed below are required to complete both sides of our Student Health/Immunization Record form. The front side provides the Wellness Center with information about your general health, and the back side provides information about your immunization history.
- All undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours per 16 week semester (or equivalent) and whose class sessions meet on the Aurora campus (includes both Orchard Center and Woodstock Center).
- All residential students (students who will be living on the Aurora campus)
- All international students
For all undergraduate students who meet the above stated criteria, health/immunization records must be submitted to the Wellness Center prior to July 15 for fall semester enrollment, December 1 for spring semester enrollment, and before participation in intercollegiate athletics.
For all graduate, doctoral and adult degree completion students who meet the above stated criteria, health/immunization records must be submitted to the Wellness Center before the first day of class.
- Students who will enroll at AU for the first time or will begin a new degree program* in Fall 2016 or later
- Students who enrolled at AU prior to Fall 2016
- International students
*Students who were enrolled prior to Fall 2016 and who have begun a new degree program (e.g. previously earned a Bachelor's degree and will begin a Master's degree; previously earned a Master's in Educational Leadership and will begin a Master's in Educational Technology) will be subject to the Fall 2016 immunization requirements. In addition, students who were on a leave of absence or previously withdrew from AU and need to reapply in order to resume their studies wil be subject to the Fall 2016 immunization requirements.
Proof of immunity can be accomplished by providing any of the following:
- Month, day and year immunizations were administered with healthcare provider signature
- Submission of an antibody titer (blood test) lab report indicating immunity (acceptable for Measles, Mumps and Rubella only)
If you have been in the Illinois school system since 1989 it is likely that you have already had most if not all required immunizations. The only exception is the time sensitive Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis vaccine (Tdap) which is not acceptable if administered 10 or more years ago.
Acceptable forms of documentation:
- Completed and signed Student Health/Immunization Record by your healthcare provider.
- Immunization records from a prior educational institution (high school, college/university). Records must have school's letterhead clearly visible to be considered admissible.
- Military records documenting the month, day and year of immunization administration.
- Antibody titer lab report indicating positive immunity. Please note values reported in the "equivocal" range are not considered to indicate positive immunity.
All immunization records must be in English, clearly legible and includes student's name and date of birth to be considered admissible. Please be sure to make a copy of these important documents for your own records prior to submitting to the Wellness Center.
Students will be granted an exemption to the immunization requirement based on reasons listed below. Please note anyone with an immunization exemption may be excluded from the university in the event of measles, mumps, rubella or diphtheria outbreak in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health recommendations. While students with exemptions will not be required to get new immunizations it is in your best interest to submit documentation of any past immunizations especially for measles, mumps and rubella.
You may be exempt from one or more of the specific immunization requirements if you have a medical condition that prevents safe immunization administration. Your healthcare provider must complete and sign our Immunization Medical Exemption Form in order to request a medical exemption.
You may be exempt from one or more of the specific immunization requirements by submitting a typed and signed statement by yourself (or your parent or guardian, if you are a minor) detailing your objection to immunizations on religious grounds. The objection must set forth the specific religious belief that conflicts with the immunization. The religious objection may be personal and need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization. General philosophical or moral reluctance to allow immunizations will not provide a sufficient basis for an exception to statutory requirements.
Students born prior to 1/1/57 are exempt from measles, mumps, and rubella only. If you were born before 1/1/57 and enrolled at AU for the first time or will begin a new degree program in Fall of 2016 or later, you will need to provide documentation of at least three-doses of past tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis containing vaccine with one dose being a tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) and administered within the past 10 years.
Students who are enrolled in classes that meet at a location other than the Aurora University campus are exempt from all immunization requirements. Please note that the Orchard Center location and Woodstock location are considered to be part of the Aurora University campus.
All students enrolled in less than nine credit hours per 16-week semester (or equivalent).
Failure to provide the Wellness Center with health/immunization records required by the State of Illinois College Immunization Code by July 15 for fall semester enrollment and December 1 for spring semester enrollment for all undergraduate students and before the first day of class for all graduate and adult-completion students will result in placement of an immunization hold on your student account.
Students with an immunization hold will not be allowed to register for subsequent semesters or make changes to their existing schedule until required health/immunization records have been received and processed by the Wellness Center.
Once the required health/immunization records have been received, the immunization hold will be removed and registration from an immunization stand point will be allowed. Please allow 5-7 days for record processing.
No physical exam is required for general admission to AU, however all students planning to participate in intercollegiate athletics at AU must have a physical on file with our Athletics Department prior to athletic participation. For further guidance on required athletic participation forms you may vist the AU Athletic Training Department's page.
Protection of personal health information is taken seriously at Aurora University. It is mandated by law that the Wellness Center cannot release health related information of adult students (18 years old or older) unless requested to do so in writing by the student.
When requesting health records a "Release Form" must be submitted to the Wellness Center before the request can be honored. Please allow 5-7 working days for processing of request. Aurora University maintains student health/immunization records for 7 years post student graduation. After 7 years records are destroyed.
Special note: As of June 1, 2016, only one immunization record request honored per student. It is recommended that records be released to yourself so that you can then make copies to distribute accordingly.
1. "I do not have a copy of my prior shot records, what should I do?"
The following is a list of suggested places to begin your immunization record search:
- High School: Check with your high school. A copy of your immunization records were required prior to your enrollment
- Prior University / College: If you had attended another educational institution prior to Aurora University, contact the institution's Health Services Department for a copy of your immunization records.
- Physician's Office:Your pediatrician / doctor may be able to provide you with a copy of your immunization records.
If after checking with all of the above you are still unable to obtain a copy of your immunizations records, the following options remain:
- Re-vaccination: The State of Illinois requires documentation of the month, day and year that the vaccine was administered along with a signature of the health care professional that administered the vaccine. Unfortunately, the Wellness Center cannot accept your word that you had received the immunizations in the past.
- Antibody titer: (blood test) Contact your physician to request an antibody titer (blood test) for measles, mumps and rubella. This test will confirm whether or not you are immune to measles, mumps, and/or rubella. A copy of the lab report confirming immunity must be submitted to the Wellness Center. Please note that all antibody titer results reported in the "equivocal" are not acceptable as proof of immunity and will require further written clarification by your physician.
During the school year (August 1-June 1) completed health/immunization records may be submitted to the Wellness Center at the following contact information:
- By Mail: Aurora University, Attention Wellness Center, 347 South Gladstone Ave., Aurora, IL 60506
- By Fax: 630-844-5611 (Attention: Wellness Center)
- In-person: 1400 Southlawn (house next to Campus Safety)
During the summer (June 1-August 1) completed health/immunization records may continue to be mailed to the above listed address. However if you choose to fax, drop off completed records, or have questions about our immunization policy during the summer please utilize the following contact information:
- By Mail: same as above
- By Fax: 630-844-5243 (Attention: Emily Fuller, Immunization Coordinator)
- In-person: Eckhart Hall (second floor, room 204)
3. "I am missing an immunization (shot), where can I go to get the shots I need?"
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance plans are required to cover recommended preventative services without charging a deductible, copay or coinsurance when service is provided by an "in-network" provider. Adult immunizations such as MMR vaccines, Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis (Tdap), and meningococcal vaccines are included under recommended preventative services. For the most affordable immunization administration option, obtain a list of "in-network" providers from your health insurance plan and schedule an appointment. Retail clinics like Walgreens, CVS, and Target as well as your local public health department, may be another option for obtaining the immunization you need. If using this option, please note that receipts of purchase for vaccination does not fulfill requirement. Documentation must show that vaccine was administered along with the healthcare providers signature.
4. "I have an immunization hold (IM Hold) on my student account, what does this mean and what should I do?"
Students who have not submitted all required immunization records will receive an IM hold on their student account. This hold will prevent you from registering for further classes at AU. Prior to the application of the IM hold you will receive an email (to your Aurora email address) warning you that required immunization records have not been received. Failure to provide required documents by the time period specified in the email will result in the IM hold being applied to your account. When the IM hold is applied you will receive a second email (to your Aurora email address) informing you of the hold application as well as what information is required to have IM hold removed. It is in your best interest to submit required immunization records to the Wellness Center as soon as possible to prevent delays in registration.