Frequently Asked Questions
1) Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required for students and employees when we return in fall 2021?
No. Vanguard University strongly encourages, but does not require students and employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine based on the success of COVID-19 vaccination efforts and the current CDC guidelines. The University respects everyone's right to make a personal decision regarding receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, those that cannot or choose not to vaccinate will be subject to additional masking requirements, quarantine requirements, and routine surveillance testing per federal, state and local public health orders and guidance.
No student is required to verify their vaccine status with Vanguard. However, in accordance with public health orders, students who choose not to verify their status will be considered unvaccinated.
2) I have decided to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; how will the university know that I am vaccinated so that I can avoid the additional public health requirements?
The university requests that you submit your vaccine record to the Med+Proctor website using your @vanguard.edu email address. The storage of these records is confidential and secure through the Med+Proctor site and is FREE to you unless you would like ongoing access. Ongoing access is not necessary and will be granted with the payment of a small one-time fee.
3) If things are "going back to normal" in fall 2021, what is Vanguard University doing to assure that I am safe when there is COVID-19 still in the community?
Vanguard University continues to follow all state and local public health orders, as well as CDC guidance, and has appointed a dedicated COVID-19 management team that assures all necessary notifications are completed and all necessary isolation and quarantine precautions are taken for all COVID-19 positive cases in our campus community. Additionally, we continue to encourage social distancing when possible, require indoor masking for those who are not vaccinated, and encourage outdoor activities when feasible.
4) Do I have to wear a mask when I am on campus?
At this time, the California Department of Public Health masking guidelines require that those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask when indoors.
Fully vaccinated individuals who have verified their status with the university are not required to wear masks indoors.
Masks are not required for anyone when outside.
Vanguard University expects students and employees to take personal responsibility and adhere to University policies. As a Christ-centered university built on Truth, we trust that our community members will demonstrate integrity in following University policy and show care to others in sharing common spaces. Students who choose not to comply with the set forth policies are subject to a progressive discipline process as defined in the Student Handbook.
5) Do I have to complete the Titan Application's COVID screening daily to be on campus?
At this time, we have discontinued the daily requirement for submitting a COVID-19 screening. However, if you would like to let the COVID Care Team know that you have had an abnormal COVID-19 test result, had an exposure to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms that may be consistent with COVID-19, you may complete the questionnaire to communicate this information. Alternatively, you can email COVID19@vanguard.edu with any questions or concerns.
6) If I am not fully vaccinated will you require regular COVID-19 testing?
The students, faculty, and staff that come to Vanguard's campus each day arrive from various communities and interact with individuals off and on campus. Therefore, Vanguard University has decided to conduct surveillance testing for all students that are not fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC and ACHA recommendations. This testing will be free to students, completed on campus, managed by the University Health Center, and conducted at varying intervals depending on the level of community COVID-19 transmission.
Athletes may be required to do additional testing pending NAIA and NCAA recommendations.
7) Will COVID-19 testing be required for students when they return to housing for fall 2021?
Yes. All unvaccinated residential students, students with unverified or unavailable vaccination records, or students who choose to not disclose their vaccination records will be required to complete a COVID-19 test at New Student Orientation or Returning Student Housing Check-in when moving into their dorm. Testing will be provided by the University. We will not accept external test results upon arrival unless the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
Students who have been vaccinated and wish to be excused from COVID-19 testing must verify their vaccine status by securely uploading their vaccination records through Med+Proctor. Students can create an account and upload their documentation free of charge using their @vanguard.edu email address. To be excused from testing, records must be submitted to Med+Proctor at least one (1) week prior to their self-selected check-in time or they must provide physical proof of vaccination at the time of check-in.
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and wish to be excused from COVID-19 testing, must submit their positive results using the Vanguard COVID-19 Test Result Submission Form. If there is no available documentation of the students positive test results, they will be asked to complete COVID-19 testing.
All students under 18 years of age at the time of New Student Orientation or Returning Student Housing Check-In will need to submit Authorization to Treat a Minor to the University Health Center prior to check-in so COVID-19 test results can be distributed to the student and their legal guardian and managed properly by the university.