Vaccination Requirement

LCC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

LCC has implemented a vaccination requirement for students who are taking any classes in person. Students who are online/remote only are not subject to this requirement. However, if you are an online/remote only student and plan to come to campus for access to in-person services and support such as in-person advising, in-person counseling, in-person tutoring, and in-person library research assistance you must also meet this requirement. To receive these in-person student support services, you must meet the LCC Vaccine Requirement by submitting a Vaccination Status Reporting Form, and register for “In-Person Student Support” using Winter Term CRN 31558. This registration has no cost and will not appear on your student transcript.

This public health measure will help protect our community by reducing the potential for serious illness, hospitalization, or death. It also will limit campus disruptions and allow us to resume in-person instruction and activities.

Vaccination Status Reporting Dashboard

(Updated as of Jan. 18, 2022)

Winter Term 2022

All Students (In-Person and Remote) In-Person Students All Employees   
Total All Students:5,894 Total In-Person: 3,149 Total Employees: 874 
Completed forms: 4,974 Completed forms: 3,149 Completed forms: 866
Fully vaccinated: 4,641 Fully vaccinated: 2,944 Fully vaccinated: 808
Exemptions : 333 Exemptions: 205 Exemptions: 58

COVID-19 Vaccine and Pfizer and Moderna Booster

Booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are now available to adults 18 and older and recommended six months after their second dose (two months after a one-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine). Pfizer boosters are now available for 16 and 17 year olds. In addition to providing first and second doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine to LCC students and employees, the LCC Health Clinic is also offering appointments for booster doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

Schedule an appointment via the LCC Health Clinic website

 

What You Need to Know

  • LCC requires all employees and students who will be attending classes at any LCC location and/or receiving in-person services to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Check your @my.lanecc.edu or @lanecc.edu email account for information and a link to report your COVID-19 vaccination status. Links are unique and connected to your personal account, so do not share or repost your link. 
  • Students who have not received a link to submit a Vaccination Status Reporting Form may use this link to submit the form. (The link is for STUDENTS ONLY. Employees who need a new employee link should contact employeevaccination@lanecc.edu.)
  • Do not submit multiple forms. If you've already submitted a form through an invitation link, do not re-submit.
  • Students who are unsure whether they need to complete the Vaccination Status Reporting Form may email studentvaccination@lanecc.edu.
  • Pacific University students and College Now students who are not also enrolled as LCC students are not required to complete a form.
  • Students and employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Personal/philosophical exemptions are not allowed. Some academic programs may have stricter vaccination requirements.
  • The requirement does not apply to students who are enrolled exclusively in remote instruction courses with no in-person component. However, all students who wish to access any in-person services (in-person advising, in-person counseling, in-person tutoring, in-person exams, and in-person library research assistance) on campus must submit proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption and register for the In-Person Student Support Services using Fall Term CRN 22495 or Winter Term CRN 31558. There are no fees or costs associated with In-Person Student Support registration and it will not appear on your Lane transcript. Students and employees are encouraged to check the LCC Service Availability website for information about hours and offerings in each department.
  • All employees, students, and visitors on any LCC property must comply with current LCC masking and COVID-19 safety protocols, regardless of vaccination status.

Vaccination Lottery

As an enticement for students to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, Lane Community College will give fully vaccinated students an opportunity to win $500 when they return to classes for fall term. Three hundred students will win $500 prizes, totaling $150,000. Funding for the lottery is provided by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. The vaccine lottery is open to all credit and non-credit students. No application is needed. Winners will be drawn at random from registered students who submit proof of vaccination through the Student Vaccination Confirmation Form which is being updated and will be available soon. 

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: Nov. 17, 2021

Q: Who is required to get vaccinated against COVID-19?

A: The requirement applies to all students and employees who will be attending credit or noncredit classes with any in-person component or working at any LCC location (including main campus, Mary Spilde Center, Florence Center, Cottage Grove Center, OSBDCN, KLCC and the Aviation Academy). It also applies to students who would like the option to access in-person services on campus, and a small number of other individuals who have a relationship with the college and perform work on an LCC property alongside employees or students. Exemptions from the requirement may be requested for the following reasons:

  • Medical exemption: The vaccination requirement is waived after an individual consults with a health care provider and the provider determines a COVID-19 vaccination is not advised for the individual.
  • Religious exemption: The vaccination requirement is waived on the basis that it conflicts with religious beliefs.

Forms to request an exemption are available on this page, under “Q: How do I request a vaccination exemption?”

Q: When is the deadline for submitting my COVID-19 Vaccination Status Reporting Form?

A: All employees and currently enrolled students were required to submit a COVID-19 Vaccination Status Reporting Form by November 1, 2021.
 
Employees and students who missed the deadline to report are urged to do so immediately, and to email either employeevaccination@lanecc.edu or studentvaccination@lanecc.edu for assistance. 
All new employees will be required to complete a Vaccination Status Reporting Form upon hire, as part of employee orientation. All new students will be required to complete a Vaccination Status Reporting Form prior to registration for any course with an in-person component, as part of the steps to enroll at LCC. 
Students who are enrolled exclusively in remote courses but wish to access in-person, on-campus services, including tutoring, advising, counseling, exams, and library research assistance, will also be required to submit a Vaccination Status Reporting Form. Students in this category will also be asked to register for a Moodle course that will grant them permissions to access these in-person services. 

Q: How do I submit my COVID-19 Vaccination Status Reporting Form?

A: Detailed instructions for students and employees are now available, and will be updated regularly for clarity and form changes. If you are an employee, a current student, or a recent student, you will receive an email invitation to complete a Vaccination Status Reporting Form from “Lane Community College.” The message will be sent to your official student or employee email address. 

 

Exemption Forms

If you plan to request an exemption, please use one of the following forms:

 

Q: I’m only taking online/remote classes. Does the vaccine requirement apply to me? 

A: The vaccination requirement does not apply to students who are enrolled exclusively in remote instruction courses with no in-person component, unless they would like the option to access in-person services on campus, such as in-person tutoring, in-person advising, in-person counseling, in-person exams, or in-person library research services. Students who are enrolled in remote instruction courses only will not be required to participate in COVID-19 screening testing requirements.

Although online-only students are not required to submit a form, submitting proof of vaccination has the benefit of qualifying them to win vaccine incentive lottery funds. It also means that they won’t be required to re-submit proof of vaccination if they choose to enroll in an in-person course in a future term.

Q: What if I'm taking online-only courses? Can I come to campus for in-person services? 

A: Yes. Students who are online only and would like to come to campus for in-person services must meet the LCC Vaccine Requirement by submitting a Vaccination Status Reporting Form and register for In-Person Student Support. Register using Fall Term CRN 22495 or Winter Term CRN 31558. This gives online-only students access to in-person services, including: in-person advising, in-person counseling, in-person tutoring, in-person exams, and in-person library research assistance. There are no fees or costs associated with In-Person Student Support registration and it will not appear on your Lane transcript.

Q: I'm a student and I haven't received a link. What do I need to do? 

A: Students who have not received a link to submit their Vaccination Status Reporting Form may use this link. (The link is for STUDENTS ONLY. Employees who need a new employee link should contact employeevaccination@lanecc.edu.

Q: How do I request a vaccination exemption?

A: Students and employees may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Note that a request for medical exemption must be signed by a medical professional.

Keep in mind that if you request an exemption from the vaccination requirement, you will be required to:

  • Participate in regular screening testing for COVID-19, and
  • Quarantine for up to 14 days, or the length of time recommended by public health authorities, after an exposure to COVID-19.

Q: How are you verifying my request for medical exemption? Will you be contacting my health care provider?

A: Requests for medical exemptions will be reviewed for completeness and signature by a medical provider. Medical providers will not be contacted, but employees may be required to provide additional information if the form is not legible or complete.

Q: How are you verifying my request for religious exemption?

A: Requests for religious exemptions will be reviewed for completeness in response to the question posed on the form. Submitters may be contacted to provide additional information if needed.

Q: Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The COVID-19 vaccination is now available at no charge to anyone 12 years of age and older. To schedule an appointment:

  • Lane County Public Health’s website has information on how to find a COVID-19 vaccine locally including vaccine clinics, pharmacies, and healthcare partners.
  • Ask your primary care provider if they are offering COVID-19 vaccinations
  • The LCC Student Health Clinic offers vaccination clinics for students and employees. Watch the website, Titan Times (student newsletter), Lane Weekly (employee newsletter), and social media for upcoming dates.
  • If you do not live in Lane County, you can use the CDC’s Vaccine Finder to help find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Q: Which vaccines meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

A: Vaccines that are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization meet the College’s vaccination requirement.

Q: I’ve lost my vaccine card. How do I replace it? 

A: If you received your vaccine in Oregon, your immunization was recorded in the state ALERT immunization record system. You may also request a copy of your immunization record (which will include proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status) using this form and emailing it to alertiis@state.or.us or print and email it to: 

ALERT IIS
800 NE Oregon Street
Suite 370
Portland, Oregon 97232

You may also request a copy of your immunization record from your pharmacy or a primary care provider who can access the ALERT system.

Q: What do I do if I am only partially vaccinated? Or if it hasn’t been two weeks since my second shot?

A: If you are a student who is partially vaccinated, you may request an exemption in order to register for classes with an in-person component or to access in-person services on campus, such as in-person tutoring, in-person advising, in-person counseling, in-person exams, and library services. If you are not fully vaccinated and are not requesting an exemption, you will be asked to return to the form when you are fully vaccinated. Keep in mind that until you are fully vaccinated and have submitted proof of vaccination through the Vaccination Status Reporting Form, you will not be allowed to register for classes that include any in-person component, and will not be able to access in-person services on campus. If you have questions, please contact studentvaccination@lanecc.edu.
 
If you are an employee who is partially vaccinated, you may either enter the date of your first vaccination and return to the form when you are fully vaccinated, or you may request an exemption. You must complete the form in one of the two ways in order to meet the vaccination requirement standard. If you have questions, please contact employeevaccination@lanecc.edu.

Q: How will my privacy be protected if I am required to submit to mandatory screening testing?

A: Screening testing will be performed with assistance from a community medical care provider, and will be done through nasopharyngeal swab. Screening testing will be mandatory for unvaccinated individuals who work or attend classes at any campus location, regardless of the type of exemption requested. Testing frequency will be determined by the total number of students and employees who request an exemption from the vaccination requirement.

Test results will be confidential, and will be shared with the College only as required for contact tracing. However, the testing site may be outdoors in a central location, so it is possible that others will know that you have been tested.

More options for screening testing for students and employees are being explored now, and updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

Q: If there are so many exceptions, does the vaccine mandate even mean anything in terms of safety? It seems like anyone can request an exemption for any reason, so why bother?

A: There are multiple reasons why the College believes the vaccination requirement will provide a level of protection for students and employees.

First, without a mandate, there is no way for the College to require or track COVID-19 vaccination data for students and employees. By requiring all students and employees to submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption, we are able to collect data about percentages of vaccinated individuals. The College has been in close contact with Lane County Public Health and other public health authorities to gather recommendations about safety precautions in alignment with our total vaccination rate across campus. Current information about overall vaccination status will help the College make data-informed decisions about safety in a rapidly-changing environment.

Second, the College and the Board of Education strongly believe that vaccines, in concert with safety precautions like masking and handwashing, are our best defense against COVID-19 as a community. The College hosted many community vaccination clinics over the past year, because we know that vaccination can make our community safer. We also know that there are those in our community who have concerns or hesitancy about the vaccine, and we hope to make educational information available to any person in our community who still has questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

Finally, a vaccine mandate allows the College to direct limited testing resources to the population at the highest risk for infection. Unvaccinated students and employees will be subject to mandatory screening testing, which may help the College identify asymptomatic cases early and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Unvaccinated individuals will also be required to quarantine for up to 14 days after an exposure.

Q: I already got sick with COVID-19 or had a COVID-19 antibody test that was positive. Do I still need a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Yes. Whether you had a COVID-19 illness that was diagnosed with a COVID-19 test (either the antibody or antigen test) or was diagnosed based on symptoms, it is still recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Same if you had a COVID-19 antibody test that was positive. It isn’t yet clear whether antibodies developed from exposure or the disease will be as effective or as long-lasting as the vaccine.

Q: What does Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) have to say about this topic?

A: “Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance under federal law that makes it clear that employers may require workers to receive a COVID-19 vaccine – with limited exceptions. This is also true under Oregon law.”

Q: What does the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission say about vaccinations? (Last EEOC site update 6/28/21)

A: “The federal EEO laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of Title VII and the ADA and other EEO considerations discussed below. These principles apply if an employee gets the vaccine in the community or from the employer.”

Q. What factors were considered by the Board of Education and LCC when making decisions about the requirement and its implementation? 

A: Community colleges in Oregon operate as individual institutions, which allows for flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of their surrounding communities. In this case, there were a number of factors that led the LCC Board of Education to this decision. Some of the reasons include: 

  • Recommendation and advice from local public health authority,
  • Increase student choice in terms of class modalities, to support engagement and academic success,
  • Ready availability of COVID-19 vaccine within the area from a variety of sources, and an on-campus Student Health Clinic to support vaccination coordination,
  • Effective and continued vaccination outreach within Lane County to BIPOC populations, who may be disproportionately impacted by the health and economic effects of COVID-19, may have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19, and may experience poorer health outcomes if they do contract the disease,
  • Recommendation from the Reopening Advisory Team, a group of students and employee representatives from LCC employee working groups (faculty, classified, and management) charged with advising the college on COVID-19 precautions and college under the Governor’s emergency order 20-28,
  • Protecting medically-vulnerable students, employees, and community members who are unable to be vaccinated or are vaccinated but still at high medical risk for serious illness if they should contract COVID-19,
  • Emergence and transmission rates of the Delta variant, which poses a new threat in terms of COVID-19, especially for unvaccinated individuals,
  • Reopening of travel within the US and internationally, which creates a higher risk to the LCC community in terms of communicable disease in general,
  • Likelihood that full FDA approval for one or more COVID-19 vaccines will move from Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to fully approved status within months of August or September 2021, 
  • Decision by University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Pacific University (where a majority of our transfer and dually-enrolled students attend) to impose a vaccination requirement for students and employees in the Fall 2021 term, and
  • Civic responsibility to our greater community in Lane County to support vaccination and increase the total percentage of vaccinated individuals within the population to reduce overall occurrence and transmission of COVID-19.

Q: I have additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Who can I contact?

A: Submit questions using our FAQ form. We’ll update this page with new questions and answers frequently. For questions about the vaccination requirement in general, please email covidcompliance@lanecc.edu.