Immunization Requirement

Syracuse University values the health and well-being of all its students. Ensuring students are protected and up to date on all vaccinations supports a healthy community.

In accordance with New York Public Health Law Sections 2165 and 2167, all Syracuse University students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, and registered for six or more credit hours or residing in University housing, must demonstrate proof of immunization for measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal disease prior to beginning classes.

Health Services must maintain a record of the following for each student:

  • Documentation of two (2) doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) or proof of immunity.
  • Documentation of one (1) dose of meningococcal meningitis ACWY vaccine within the preceding five years and after the age of 16 or a completed waiver form declining the vaccination.

To help students meet New York Public Health Law regulations, the University requires students to provide proof of immunization before they begin classes. Please note, records must be submitted in English. Only officially translated documents will be accepted.

Exceptions to the Requirement

The following students need not submit the proof of immunization:

  1. Students who were born before January 1, 1957.
  2. Students who do not reside in University housing and are registered for less than six credit hours.
  3. Students exclusively matriculated in Syracuse University online degree programs.
  4. In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, students who submit a medical exemption waiver from a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner who certifies that such immunization may be detrimental to the person’s health or otherwise medically contraindicated or a religious exemption waiver due to their genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practices herein required. These exemptions are approved at the discretion of the Health Services Medical Director.

Submitting Records

Students can submit their proof of immunizations through the Health Services online patient portal using their SU NetID and password to log in or faxing Health Services their records at 315.443.9010. Records can often be obtained by contacting your primary care physician, high school or previous insitution. Students who do not have their records or have not had immunizations can receive their immunizations at Health Services.

Please note, failure to submit records by the published date will prevent students from accessing account services, such as housing assignments or class registration.

For questions, contact the Health Services Medical Records Office at 315.443.2667.


Related Links

Further information on submitting and checking the status of immunization compliance can be found at the following locations.

Entering/Uploading Immunization Data

Checking Immunization Compliance Status