Protect Yourself. Protect Others.
- Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff must have completed their voluntary vaccine attestation using the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or smartphone app to opt out of weekly testing.
- Boosters are required for those who choose to be vaccinated to maintain an up-to-date vaccination status and remain in compliance with the program.
- Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff or those who choose not to complete the vaccine attestation form must be tested weekly.
Students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated and do not wish to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing may complete a voluntary vaccine attestation using the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or the smartphone app. Boosters are now required to ensure your vaccination status is up to date - see below for when you should get your booster.
Completing the form certifies that you completed a full vaccination protocol (one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine).
You will need to enter the following information:
- Type of vaccine you received (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, etc.).
- Date of your final dose.
- Location you received your vaccine.
- Upload a photo of your completed vaccination card.
Students, faculty and staff who complete the vaccine attestation and upload their vaccine card will be exempt from participating in weekly COVID-19 testing but are still required to adhere to all other CMU health and safety practices, including the use of masks and use of CMU's daily CMICH Healthscreen app, as outlined on the CMU COVID-19 Information and Resources website.
Weekly COVID-19 Testing
Students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated or who do not wish to complete the voluntary vaccine attestation form must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing.
Testing is free and will be available in the Bovee University Center, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Testing times will be added for employees who work third shift or alternative work schedules. Please view the FAQ below for more information about the weekly testing program.
All students, faculty and staff, including those participating in weekly testing, also are required to adhere to all other CMU health and safety practices, including the use of masks and CMU's daily CMICH Healthscreen app, as outlined on the CMU COVID-19 Information and Resources website.
CMU health experts, local and state health experts, and national and international health experts agree: Vaccines reduce the likelihood of illness from COVID-19 and mitigate virus spread. Vaccines are safe and effective, and our best chance to keep our community safe and healthy.
We hope everyone will be vaccinated and will choose to complete a vaccine attestation form. Vaccines are free and readily available at CMU and around our region.
Those who choose to be vaccinated to opt out of weekly testing are required to receive boosters to maintain an up-to-date vaccination status and remain in compliance with the "Protect "Protect Yourself. Protect Others." program. Protect Others." program. Here is when you must receive your booster:
- Six months after the second dose of a two-dose regimen (Pfizer or Moderna).
- Two months after a one-dose regimen (Johnson & Johnson).
If your vaccination status requires updating based on the information above, you have until Jan. 17, 2022 to receive your booster and to update your vaccination status using the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or the smartphone app.
The app/website will inform you of your current vaccination/booster eligibility and compliance status, as well as send reminders a month in advance of your booster eligibility, if applicable. The COVID-19 Health Screen website and app now include functionality to update your booster status, along with other changes.
Wear a Mask
Vaccination and Testing FAQ
Who must comply with this plan?
All students, faculty, staff, temporary employees, volunteers and contractors who will be present on the main CMU campus and/or the Global Campus Office located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Students, faculty and staff who are fully remote are exempt, as are visitors and guests. However, anyone who comes to campus must wear a mask indoors in certain areas, as outlined in our guidelines.
What does "fully vaccinated" mean?
An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completing the final dose of an approved vaccine (for example, one injection of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two injections of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine). An updated vaccination status also requires boosters at the appropriate time, which includes six months after the second dose of a two-dose regimen (Pfizer or Moderna) and two months after a one-dose regimen (Johnson & Johnson).
Approved vaccines are any vaccines that have received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and/or the World Health Organization.
How do I confirm my vaccination status?
Are booster shots required?
Those who choose to be vaccinated to opt out of weekly testing are required to receive boosters to maintain an up-to-date vaccination status and remain in compliance with the Protect Yourself. Protect Others. program.
How will I know if I need a booster now?
When do I need to provide proof of a booster?
I got my COVID vaccine and lost my card, what do I do?
Michigan residents can access vaccine records at the link below.
Out-of-state students should check with their state or local health authority
I had my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at home. Can I get the second dose on campus?
(Information specifically related to international students is available below)
It is best to receive your second vaccine at the same location you received your first dose. However, you can receive a second dose of a vaccine at CMU. Be sure to bring your vaccination card with you to your appointment.
If I am fully vaccinated, will I have to participate in COVID-19 testing?
Unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 (those who are unvaccinated), you do not have to participate in the weekly COVID-19 testing if you are fully vaccinated and complete the attestation form.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive, please use the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website and the smartphone app. You will be contacted with information and next steps.
How will CMU collect data about vaccination and testing?
CMU will use the existing CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website and the smartphone app to allow students, faculty and staff to report their vaccination status and/or test results.
Why is CMU testing weekly?
The delta variant is the most common COVID-19 type that is currently spreading in the U.S. and is significantly more contagious than the original COVID strain. The best defense is vaccination of all eligible individuals, but to mitigate the spread, regular testing of asymptomatic individuals will lead to early identification, isolation and contact tracing.
Who will have access to my vaccination and/or testing information?
CMU will protect your privacy and will limit access to information about vaccination status and testing records.
Student vaccination and testing records will be accessible only to a limited number of leaders in the Office of Student Affairs and CMU Health.
Faculty vaccination and testing records will be accessible only to a limited number of individuals in Faculty Personnel Services and CMU Health.
Staff vaccination and testing records will be accessible only to a limited number of individuals in Human Resources and CMU Health.
CMU's Internal Audit will conduct frequent, random audits of vaccination and testing records to verify compliance.
How will CMU protect my privacy?
All data submitted through both the app and the website is transmitted securely using end-to-end encryption. CMU uses appropriate technical, administrative and physical safeguards for all protected and restricted data, including data collected for this program.
How much will it cost to be tested?
CMU is providing weekly COVID-19 tests free to students, faculty and staff. If you choose to be tested off-campus, you are responsible for covering the cost of your test and reporting your test result through the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or the smartphone app.
How often will I need to be tested?
Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff and those who have chosen not to complete the vaccine attestation form, must take their first COVID-19 test by Sept. 3 and then must be tested weekly.
Fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff are not required to participate in weekly testing. If a fully vaccinated individual has symptoms of COVID-19, they must notify CMU using the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or use the smartphone app.
Will I be allowed time off from work/class to complete my test?
Employees do not have to use vacation time or paid time off to complete their testing. Employees should work with their supervisors to determine an appropriate testing time.
Students should choose a time that does not conflict with their class schedule. Students will not be exempt from attending class because of testing.
Tests must be completed during regular business hours. Testing is available on campus Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Bovee University Center.
What kind of test will I take?
CMU will use PCR tests for weekly COVID-19 testing.
Symptomatic individuals must report their symptoms using the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website and the smartphone app. Do not go to the Bovee University Center testing location if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
When and how will I get my results?
Most COVID-19 test results will be ready within 36-48 hours.
Helix, the company providing COVID-19 testing, will provide each student, faculty and staff member information to set up an account on their testing portal. Individuals will be able to view and print a copy of their testing result through the Helix portal. After registering through the portal, users can also choose to have their test results texted to them.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted with additional information and guidance for next steps.
Will I have to report my test results?
Faculty, staff and students who have not completed the vaccine attestation by Sept. 3 will be required to use the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or the smartphone app to report their test results each week.
Can I request a testing exemption?
All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff will be required to participate in weekly testing. If you are required to test, there are no exemptions except for those who show proof of a positive COVID-19 test or positive antibody test. In these two instances, individuals will receive a 90-day exemption from the date of the test.
What if I miss a test?
If you are unvaccinated and/or you have not completed the vaccine attestation form, you are required to be tested every week. Failing to complete a vaccine attestation form or to complete weekly testing may result in disciplinary action.
Should I get tested if I feel sick?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not go to the testing site in person. Instead, please use the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or the smartphone app to report your symptoms.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must report their test result to the CMU COVID Tracking Team using either the CMU COVID-19 Health Screen website or the smartphone app. You will be contacted with instructions on when and how to isolate.
If I have had COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19 previously, do I still need to participate in weekly testing?
Individuals who provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test or positive antibody test in the last 90 days may request exemption from weekly testing. Testing will be required after 90 days from the date of the positive test
The vaccine attestation form provides instructions for submitting proof of a positive COVID-19 test or diagnosis.
I live in the residence halls at CMU but all of my classes are online. Do I still have to participate in testing or be vaccinated?
Students are not required to be vaccinated — the choice to be vaccinated is up to the individual student. However, all students living on CMU's campus are required to either provide proof of vaccination be tested weekly.
I live off campus, but all of my courses this semester are online. Do I still have to participate in testing or be vaccinated?
Students are not required to be vaccinated — the choice to be vaccinated is up to the individual student. However, all students enrolled in classes at CMU’s Mount Pleasant campus — regardless of class modality (in-person, online, HyFlex, etc.) — are required to either provide proof of vaccination or be tested weekly
Is the nasal swab testing offered on campus approved by the FDA?
Helix, CMU's testing provider, is CLIA certified and is using FDA-approved materials and swabs.
If I received my first vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna, do I still have to test weekly until I receive my second dose?
Yes. Weekly tested is required until you are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).
I’ve uploaded my vaccine card but how do I know for sure that I did it correctly?
If you no longer see the tiles for uploading a vaccine card and for uploading a test result, then you have completed your vaccine attestation.
I have a question that I cannot find an answer to on this website, who do I contact?
If you cannot find an answer to your question, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Considerations for International Students
I received my vaccine in another country. How do I know if my vaccine is approved by CMU?
Vaccines accepted by CMU are those that have received full approval or emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration and/or approval by the World Health Organization. These vaccines include:
- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J)
International vaccines authorized for emergency use by the WHO (as of Aug. 18, 2021):
- Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
- Sinopharm (Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products)
- Comirnaty/BNT162b2 (Fosun Pharmaceuticals, Hong Kong)
I received my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in another country, and that brand is not available in the U.S. I have to come to campus before I am able to receive my second dose. What should I do?
You will be able to receive an FDA authorized vaccine when you arrive at CMU. Please bring your international vaccine record card with you to campus.