Student Health

The Ohio Revised Coded (ORC) Section 1713.55 states that as of July 1, 2005, an institution of higher education shall not permit a student to reside in on-campus housing unless the student (or parent if the student is younger than 18 years of age) discloses whether the student has been vaccinated against meningococcal disease and hepatitis B by sharing a vaccination status statement to the institution. Information on each disease (i.e. meningococcal meningitis or hepatitis B infection) is provided below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This law does not require vaccination of the student, nor does it require the institution to provide or pay for these immunizations. It requires only disclosure of vaccine status of the student. A response of “yes” or “no” on a student’s housing application will not impact a student’s status to reside on campus.

Kent State University has specific policies/requirements for both domestic and international students relating to mandatory immunizations. This is separate from any state requirement regarding immunizations for the housing application. For more information about these institutional requirements, please visit the link below.