Division ofStudent Affairs

Immunization Requirements

Meningitis

Effective October 1, 2013, the following changes to the meningitis requirement are:

  • Students 22 years of age or older are not required to submit evidence of meningococcal meningitis vaccination.
  • Affidavit forms for exceptions to vaccination for reasons of conscience, such as religious or philosophical belief can only be issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
  • The exception form from DSHS must be signed and notarized no more than 90 days prior to the first day of classes to be valid.

All new students, including transfer students, must show evidence of receipt of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination (meningococcal meningitis vaccine) dose or booster in the last five years and at least ten days prior to the first day of the semester in which the student initially enrolls. This law also applies to any student returning to school after a break in enrollment for a fall or spring semester.

Students are not required to submit evidence of vaccination if they are twenty-two years of age or older or enrolled for online courses only.  Students who plan to enroll for exclusively online courses only should complete the Meningitis Online Class Petition and submit it to the UNT Registrar's Office. If a student who has previously enrolled for online only courses subsequently enrolls for and attends any class or portion of a class on campus, they must submit evidence of vaccination as above. Click here to read more information about bacterial meningitis.

Students, parents, and guardians have the right to seek an exemption to this requirement. Exemption will only be permitted based on evidence that the bacterial meningitis vaccine would be injurious to a student's health and well-being according to the professional opinion of a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, or if the student has refused the vaccination based on a conscientious objection, including religion. Download the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Medical Exemption Affidavit from our Forms page. Exemptions from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience can only be requested through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Immunizations are available from the UNT Student Health and Wellness Center, personal physician or a local Health Department. The immunization documentation can be attached to the Bacterial Meningitis Immunization form using Option 1 or your health care provider can complete the form using Option 2.

Click Here to view and download The Bacterial Meningitis Immunization form.

The following is acceptable evidence of vaccination or receiving a booster dose:

  • The signature or stamp of a physician or their designee, or public health person on a form which shows the month, day and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered.
  • An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority
  • An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state

Requirement Deadlines for Summer and Fall 2014

If you were attending classes at UNT or UNT Dallas during the Spring semester 2014, proof of immunization against bacterial meningitis is not required for Summer 2014.

New students, returning students, and continuing students not enrolled for Spring 2013 and who are under 22 years of age as of the first class day for the session or term they wish to enroll, should provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption no later than 5:00 PM on the last day of regular registration. Students will be allowed to enroll prior to submitting the documents. However, classes will be cancelled after 5:00 PM on the last day of regular registration for any student who has not submitted the proper documentation.

Fall 2014

The last day to receive the immunization and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is August 15, 2014 for Fall 2014. Students who receive a vaccination after this date must submit a request for extension with documentation of immunization to be considered for enrollment. The submission deadline for processing of proof of vaccination will be August 19, 2014 for Fall 2014.

A student will be allowed to enroll late only if the proper immunization form is filed with the appropriate UNT Department (see below).

Spring 2015

The last day to receive the immunization and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is January 10, 2015 for Spring 2015. Students who receive a vaccination after this date must submit a request for extension with documentation of immunization to be considered for enrollment. The submission deadline for processing of proof of vaccination will be January 10, 2015 for Spring 2015.

A student will be allowed to enroll late only if the proper immunization form is filed with the appropriate UNT Department (see below).

Immunization documentation may be submitted to UNT electronically, through the U.S. Postal Service, or delivered by hand to the following offices:

New Undergrad & Transfer Students International Students New-Former Grad Students Returning Undergraduates

Office of Admissions

1155 Union Circle #311277

Denton, TX 76203

unt.immrec@unt.edu

Phone: 940-565-2681

International Admissions

Sycamore Hall Room 286

1155 Union Circle #311067

Denton, TX 76203

international@unt.edu

Fax: 940-565-4822

Phone: 940-565-2442

Toulouse Graduate School

Eagle Student Services Center Room 354

1155 Union Circle #305459

Denton, TX 76203

graduateschool@unt.edu

Fax: 940-565-2141

Phone: 940-565-2383

Registrar's Office

1st floor Eagle Student Services Center

1155 Union Circle #311400

Denton, TX 76203

registrar@unt.edu

Fax: 940-565-4463

Phone: 940-565-2361

 

Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) Students

All new IELI students, including transfer students, must show evidence of receipt of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination (meningococcal meningitis vaccine) dose or booster in the last five years and at least ten days prior to the first day of the term in which the student initially enrolls. This also applies to any IELI student returning to UNT after a break in enrollment for a fall or spring semester. This requirement does not apply to any student who will be twenty-two years of age or older on or prior to the first day of classes for the term in which they initially enroll.

Click Here to view and download The Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Form.

Requirement Deadlines for IELI Students

If you were attending IELI classes at UNT during Spring I and/or Spring II 2013 sessions, proof of immunization against bacterial meningitis is not required for Fall II.

Summer I 2014: The last day to receive the immunization and enroll in classes without requesting an extension is May 31, 2014. Students who receive vaccination after May 31, 2014 must submit a request for extension. The final deadline to submit proof of vaccination will be June 9, 2014.

Immunization documentation may be submitted to UNT electronically, through the U.S. Postal Service, or delivered by hand to:

International Admissions Office
Room 286, Sycamore Hall
1155 Union Circle #311067
Denton, TX 76203
international@unt.edu 
Fax: 940-565-4822
Phone: 940-565-2442

For any questions regarding the Meningitis Vaccine: Meningitis FAQ

Recommended Vaccinations

Even though the bacterial meningitis vaccination is the only required immunization, the University of North Texas Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) recommends that all students have current immunizations for polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rubella, mumps, and measles. Consideration should also be given to vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and varicella.

For questions please email shwc-immz@unt.edu or fax your questions to 940-369-7042.
No phone calls please.

Tuberculosis Screening Requirement for High Risk Students

The University requires all incoming International and Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) students who are considered to be at high risk for tubercular disease, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to be screened for tuberculosis (TB). High risk students must be screened and/or tested for TB within the first three (3) weeks, after the 12th class day, of their first term of study on the UNT campus. To begin the process, review the Tuberculosis Screening Process on our Forms page. Students can download the Tuberculosis Screening Record from Our Forms Page.

Students may provide documentation to Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) verifying that they were tested for TB on a previous date and report the results of his or her TB test. Documentation for the TB test will be accepted only if it is completed in the United States within the six (6) months prior to the first day of the student's first term of study at the University. The documentation must be validated with the signature and stamp/seal of a physician or authorized official and provide clear documentation of the date given and date read.

Any high risk student who fails to meet TB requirements will have a registration block placed on his or her account by UNT International. The student may remain in classes for the first term of study; however, he or she will be unable to register for classes until the TB screening and/or testing process is complete.