Health Services FAQs

Please note that the immunization requirements for graduate students differ from those of undergrads. Please go to the Graduate Studies website for more information.

1. When is the required health information due?

 Your health information should should be submitted online by July 15th (fall enrollment) or January 9th (spring enrollment). If you haven't turned it in by the deadline, a hold will be placed on your record, preventing you from registering for classes and you will not be permitted to move onto campus and/ or practice a DII sport.

Your health information must be completed online.  You will be sent a link to your Assumption College email that will direct you to the Assumption College Student Health Portal where you will upload all of your information. 2.

2. My doctor/I faxed my records to Student Health Services. How do I know if they have been received?

  We will not accept faxes of your records.  You must submit all of your information online to the Assumption College Student Health Portal.  You should however, obtain a printout or signed document of your immunizations from your medical provider’s office to upload to the portal.

3. Why are immunizations required?

Massachusetts public health regulations and college policy require that any full-time student (enrolled in 9 or more credits in a semester),  full or part-time international students, and full or part-time health science students must provide proof of immunization compliance before the start of classes. In the event of a communicable disease outbreak, students who are not adequately immunized or are without laboratory evidence of immunity must be excluded from school. This policy includes all students with medical or religious exemptions.

4. What will happen if I don’t submit my immunizations?

Failure to comply with Massachusetts immunization requirements will result in a hold on your Assumption course registration and will prevent you from moving onto campus and attending classes or practice for a DII sport.

5. What are the required immunizations?

Students must receive the following vaccinations before coming to campus

     1 dose of

       Required Immunizations for Academic Year 2017-2018:

  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses required for 20 mcg; dose 1 and 2 at least 4 weeks apart; does 2 and 3 at least 8 weeks apart; or Hepatitis Immune Serology with lab documentation attached
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) – 2 dosed MMR; dose 1 after 1st birthday,  dose 2 at least one month after dose 1; or MMR Immune Serology with lab documentation attached
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) – 2 doses of Varicella required; dose 1 and 2 at least 4 weeks apart; or history of disease, or Varicella Immune Serology with lab documentation attached
  • TDaP or Td (Tetanus-Diphtheria and Pertussis) – 1 dose of Tdap within the past 10 years or a Td booster within the past 5 years
  • Meningococcal Meningitis (required for students living on campus) – 1 dose of MPSV4 or 1 dose of MCV4 in the last 5 years; or signed waiver

7. What if I don’t have all my immunizations?

If you cannot locate your records and know you have had immunizations in the past,, a  titer (blood test) can show your immunity to:

  • Measles, Mumps, or Rubella
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella.

Contact your health care provider for further information about blood titer tests. You will need to upload a copy of the lab reports showing immunity to the Assumption College Student Health Portal.

If you cannot locate a record of your current Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) or Meningitis vaccination you will need to receive a new immunization.

8. Is anyone exempt?

Students may seek exemption for medical or religious reasons. Medical exemption requests must be accompanied by documentation from a health care provider stating that the immunization is medically contraindicated. Religious exemption requests must be accompanied by a signed statement that immunizations are contrary to the student’s sincere religious beliefs. Copies of paperwork documenting religious affiliation and history from previous schools are also acceptable. Students may be exempt from the meningitis vaccination requirement, depending on whether they live on or off-campus. If the meningitis vaccination is waived, the waiver form must be completed and uploaded to the portal.

9. Who must be tested for tuberculosis?

Some students are more likely to be exposed to or have active Tuberculosis (TB). This is determined by the answers you give to the questions in the TB  Risk Questionnaire found on the portal. If you have a higher risk (indicated by your answer to questions on the form) you need to be tested.

10. Who will get to see my Immunization Record?

The only staff who will have access to your immunization records are the staff in Student Health Services and those who need to handle or see it in the context of a public health concern on campus.

11. Do I have to enroll in the college’s Student Health Insurance Plan?

According to the state of Massachusetts, all full-time undergraduate students are required to carry health insurance. You can be covered under your parent/guardian’s plan or your own plan and do not need to purchase the student health insurance plan from the College in order to receive care at SHS.

All full-time transfer and undergraduate students are automatically charged for the Assumption College Student Health Insurance Plan. If you determine that you have adequate health insurance after reading the Health Insurance Plan brochure you receive from the Finance Office/Student Accounts, you may waive the charge by completing the waiver ONLINE (http://www.assumption.edu/finance/student-health-insuranceState law requires that you provide information about the plan under which you are covered, including the Policy Number in order for the insurance charge to be waived prior to registration.

If you have any insurance questions, please contact the Finance Office at (508) 767-7412.

12. If I provide my health insurance information to SHS, does that automatically waive the Student Health Insurance Plan?

The Student Health Insurance Plan is automatically added to your student bill unless you sign a waiver. If you determine that you have adequate health insurance after reading the Health Insurance Plan brochure you receive from the Finance Office/Student Accounts, you may waive the charge by completing the waiver ONLINE (http://www.assumption.edu/finance/student-health-insurance). State law requires that you provide us with information about the plan under which you are covered, including the Policy Number in order for us to waive the insurance charge prior to registration.

If you have any insurance questions, please contact the Finance Office at (508) 767-7412.

13. How do I enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan?

The Student Health Insurance Plan is handled through the Finance Office. Please contact them with any questions regarding the student health insurance plan.

Finance Office Contact Information:

508-767-7412
http://www.assumption.edu/finance

To review the plan offered by Assumption, enroll or waive it, go to:  http://www.assumption.edu/finance/student-health-insurance