Immunizations and Exemptions
The North Dakota University System requires that new students provide documentation of immunity for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), meningococcal disease, and International Student Tuberculosis Testing for admission to a DSU program or course.
Any individual who chooses to apply for an exemption from the immunization requirements should notify the Office of Admissions. Please note, those who have submitted a waiver may be required to stay off campus, including exclusion from campus activities, in the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease until the danger is over.
If you are a new student taking classes on the DSU campus, the North Dakota University System requires that you provide documentation of immunity for the following:
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- (a) Evidence of two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine no less than 28 days apart from a licensed provider or authorized representative of a state or local health department; (b) proof of a positive serologic test for measles, mumps, and rubella; or (c) proof of date of birth prior to 1957.
- Meningitis (MCV4)
- Evidence of at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at age 16 or older.
- All international students shall be subject to a tuberculosis skin test, unless their
last country of residence was one of the following counties with a low prevalence
- Canada, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, The United States of America, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, American Samoa
- International students transferring from a college or university located in the United States are not subject to a tuberculosis skin test, unless they have visited or resided in a country not previously listed within the last six months.
- International students who are subject to a tuberculosis skin test may instead provide
documentation of tuberculosis testing done in the United States within the past six
- Testing documentation must be provided directly to DSU Health Services from a licensed health care provider.
- Provided documentation must show a PPD Mantoux skin test read and documentation in millimeters of induration. A previous chest x-ray copy may also be required if deemed necessary by DSU Health Services.
- Upon results of tuberculosis skin testing, DSU Health Services may deem a chest x-ray necessary. The chest x-ray must be conducted by an authorized and licensed health care provider. The student is responsible for the cost of the chest x-ray.
- International students who are subject to tuberculosis skin testing may not attend on-campus courses until skin test results or chest x-ray results have been cleared by DSU Health Services, and the student is deemed free of tuberculosis.
- International Students diagnosed with tuberculosis will be subject to guidelines and recommendations made by the North Dakota State Department of Health, implemented by DSU Health Services.
DSU may grant exemptions from immunization. An individual who chooses to apply for an exemption from immunization requirements should notify the Office of Admissions to complete and submit an exemption request. An exemption may be considered when:
Meningococcal Immunization Waiver
Those applying to Dickinson State University may submit this Meningococcal immunization waiver to request exemption from the admission requirement.
MMR Immunization Waiver
Those applying to Dickinson State University may submit this Measles, Mumps, and Rubella immunization waiver to request exemption from the admission requirement.
- Immunization is contraindicated by a medical condition that is certified by a licensed provider;
- A student's beliefs preclude participation in an immunization program;
- Instances when a student has had one MMR immunization and agrees to have a second one no less than 28 days later; or
- A student is in attendance at a camp, workshop, or program.
- A student is enrolled only in distance learning courses or courses taught off campus; or
- A student is enrolled in continuing education, noncredit courses, or classes delivered under contract to a third party.
- DSU benefited employees enrolled in classes are exempt from the NDUS/DSU immunization documentation requirement upon submitting to the Office of Admissions an approved NDUS Application for Employee Tuition Waiver/Assistance Form.