International students participating in an academic program at Ball State University in Fall 2021 are strongly encouraged to be fully-vaccinated (as defined the CDC or the World Health Organization) before traveling to campus. According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Jensen vaccine.
Protocols for Fully Vaccinated Students
Effective June 15, 2021, the University has loosened restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated. Specifically, the following standards apply to fully vaccinated students:
- Exempt from pre-arrival testing for the Fall 2021 semester (with attestation of vaccination status)
- Not expected to wear a mask, inside or outside (unless public health conditions warrant or campus authorities determine otherwise)
- Not required to engage in physical distancing
- Exempt from quarantine requirements if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (unless symptomatic after exposure)
- Exempt from any mandatory surveillance testing
Protocols for Unvaccinated Students
The following standards apply to unvaccinated students:
- Subject to pre-arrival testing for the Fall 2021 semester if attending classes on campus or residing on campus
- Remain subject to current mask protocols, as found in the University Face Mask Policy
- Must continue to engage in physical distancing, where possible
- Required to quarantine if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even if asymptomatic
- May be required to submit to mandatory surveillance testing, as public health conditions warrant
READ THE COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN FOR STUDENTS
Health requirements for students at Ball State exist primarily to protect the student body as a whole from infectious disease. It is mandatory for you to have the following immunizations completed in your home country before you arrive at Ball State University.
- Proof of two measles vaccines (after first birthday)
- Proof of two mumps vaccines (after first birthday)
- Proof of one rubella vaccine (after first birthday)
- Proof of one tetanus/diphtheria vaccine (given after August 2010)
- Proof of one meningitis quadrivalent (ACWY) vaccine if under the age of 22 years
- Each student under the age of 24 must have a total of two meningitis B vaccines
- The final requirement is to have a tuberculosis test performed in the United States. Testing performed in another country will not be accepted. The cost of the test is $70.
- The Quantiferon blood test for tuberculosis will be obtained during orientation week at the Student Health Center
DOWNLOAD HEALTH FORM
You should visit your doctor several months prior to your arrival at Ball State. If you have a record showing you received the required vaccines as a child, have your doctor complete the Ball State Health Form. If you have no record of receiving these vaccines as a child, your doctor will need to give you the vaccines listed above to complete the vaccine requirements.
The cost to get all of the vaccines listed above may be over $600 if you do not get these done before you arrive at Ball State.
Please Note: If you are under the age of 18 years old, the health form must be signed by your parent or legal guardian. If you have any questions regarding health requirements or vaccine requirements, please contact email@example.com.