The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) pursuant to Act 141 of 1987 requires all full-time students and students housed on campus MUST provide the University with proof of Immunization against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Proof of immunization, immunity, a medical or non-medical exemption, or birth before 1957 must be provided before being admitted to the University. The following are acceptable proof: immunization record from another educational institution, a licensed medical doctor, or an authorized public health representative; or military service showing the dates MMR shots were given.
In lieu of receiving vaccine, immunity can be shown by providing documented evidence of appropriate serological testing which must be submitted by the student to the Arkansas Department of Health, Immunization Section, 4815 W. Markham, Mail Slot 48, Little Rock, AR 72205. The ADH will send a letter to the student advising if immunity has been granted and it is the student’s responsibility to bring the letter to the Records Office.
Proof of immunization can be waived only upon receipt by the Records Office of an authorized exemption from the ADH for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. Exemption forms can be requested by emailing the ADH at firstname.lastname@example.org. These forms must be completed, notarized and mailed to the ADH at 4815 W. Markham, Mail Slot 48, Little Rock, AR 72205. If approved, the ADH will then send a letter confirming exemption and term to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to bring this letter to the Records Office. This exemption must be renewed annually. Proof of a birth date prior to January 1, 1957, will be accepted in lieu of receiving vaccine. Students must provide a copy of birth certificate, current driver’s license, or other state or federal issued ID showing their date of birth to the Records Office. A hold will be placed on a student’s record until the required documents are received. Immunization records presented for admission become part of the student’s permanent record and the property of UAFS and are not reissued.
Act 1233 of 1999 requires colleges and universities to inform students of the increased risk of meningococcal disease (commonly called meningitis) for those who live in close quarters. UAFS recommends that all students living in residence housing receive a meningitis vaccine. Students should contact their health care provider for information on this vaccine.