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Dear Santa Clara University Graduate Students,

We write to you today to provide important follow-up information to Acting President Lisa Kloppenberg’s July 27 announcement that vaccination will be required for everyone prior to their return to campus/first time to campuseven if current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals for the three vaccines have not changed from “emergency use” to “full” status.

Students are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination no later than Aug. 1 (for Law students); by Aug. 8 (for JST students); by Aug. 15 (for EMBA students); or by Sep. 1 (for all other quarter-based graduate programs). Students who have completed the vaccination process—those who have obtained the single dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine—must upload a copy of their vaccination card via the SCU Portal on their phone or computer, and take the following steps: 

  1. Click on Cowell Center | My Student Health Portal
  2. Authenticate your login by entering your date of birth
  3. Once inside your chart, click on the "COVID Upload" tab and upload a copy of your COVID vaccination record and complete the required information.  
  4. If you do not see the "COVID Upload" tab, scroll down to the bottom of the titles on the left and upload your COVID vaccination record under the "Immunization Upload" tab and complete the required information.

Students who have previously uploaded their vaccination status via Vax Verify or the Cowell Center | My Student Health Portal need not do so again. 

Students may request a medical immunization exemption by having their doctor complete the Medical Immunization Exemption Request Form. The completed form should be uploaded to the MySCU Portal. Click on the Cowell Center | My Student Health Portal. More information is available on the Cowell website. 

Students with a registered COVID-19 vaccination exemption are required to wear a face covering indoors and participate in SCU’s weekly COVID-19 testing, among other possible health and safety protocols. Students who do not register a COVID-19 vaccination or a COVID-19 vaccination exemption prior to their program’s in-person orientation, or first day of instruction will be prohibited from moving into University-owned housing and/or attending in-person classes.  

For more information about SCU’s vaccination requirement, please visit Prepared SCU and our Vaccine FAQ

Thank you for doing your part to bring us all back together safely. We look forward to seeing you and having our graduate community back on our beloved campuses again. 



Toby McChesney
Vice Provost for Graduate Programs


Office of Summer Sessions