Vaccine Exemptions

Students who are granted an exemption from the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine requirement are subject to special obligations to enable them to remain on campus, as outlined below.

Exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement will be considered for medical reasons or for religious reasons.

  • Medical exemption

    Students with a medical reason to avoid COVID-19 vaccination may be granted a waiver from the vaccine requirement. Reasonable accommodations shall be granted to these students so long as the failure to be vaccinated does not prevent the student from otherwise fulfilling the programmatic or curricular requirements of their academic program.

    Exemption process:

    • Complete the Medical Exemption Request form. Completion of the form will require the assistance of your medical provider, so be sure to plan in advance.
  • Religious exemption

    New York state law allows a student to request a waiver from a vaccination which is normally required by law if that student, or the parent(s) or guardian(s) of students who are younger than 18 years old, hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs that are contrary to the practice of immunization. To submit a request:

    • Visit the Decker Student Health Services Center patient portal

    • Indicate you are from Binghamton University, and sign in using your BU username and password.

    • Go to the FORMS section of the portal.

    • Complete the COVID-19 vaccine religious exemption form.

Testing requirements for exempted students

Students granted any of the above exemptions must participate in regular on-campus surveillance testing at the new Surveillance Testing Site on the ground floor in OO-062 (classroom) in Old O’Connor. All students are expected to abide by these rules for the health and safety of the campus community.