COVID-19 vaccine exemptions

MSU is requiring students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited medical and religious exemptions for all, as well as exemptions for students if they are taking online-only classes and will not be on property owned or governed by MSU for any reason. 

If you are seeking an exemption, you MUST fill out the vaccine verification form and request your exemption using that link.

Two important points:

  • If you already have submitted a medical or religious exemption request and it has been approved or denied, your status continues and remains in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year. 
  • If you submitted a medical or religious exemption prior to 7 p.m. Dec. 17, it still will be processed using the previous exemption request method.

All individuals who request an exemption must enroll in the Early Detection Program while they wait for their requests to be either approved or denied. If approved, individuals with a medical or religious exemption must remain enrolled in EDP. For those not approved, they must either receive a COVID-19 vaccine or will be referred to the appropriate disciplinary process.

Students approved for an online-only class exemption cannot come to any MSU property during the semester, for any reason. Those in violation will face discipline, including and up to expulsion.

Appeal process

Faculty, students, and staff who applied for, but were denied, an exemption from the mandatory vaccine requirement may appeal the denial determination by following the appeal process in the vaccine verification form.