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To help ensure a healthy student community, all students must comply with New York State and RIT immunization requirements. Students who do not comply will be disenrolled from classes.

Detailed Immunization Requirements

New York State and RIT Requirements for Class Attendance:

New York State Law mandates that students be withdrawn from classes if this information is not submitted.

What Who Additional Information


  • Proof of 2 MMR vaccines (2 measles, 2 mumps and 1 rubella) given after first birthday
  • Blood Titers for each disease may be submitted if MMR record not available
  • All students born after 1/1/1957
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours
  • Due before the start of classes
  • 1st Vaccine must be given after first birthday
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by health or school official

Meningococcal Awareness Signature

  • Read and sign the meningitis awareness section of the Immunization form
  • All students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours
  • Due before the start of classes

Meningococcal Meningitis

  • Proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV) on or after age 16
  • All students age 21 or younger
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours
  • Due before the start of classes
  • Must be in English
  • Verification of date by health or school official
RIT Employees and Family Members: If you take 6 or more credit hours at RIT, you are considered students under the NYS Public Health Law 2165/2167. Therefore, employees and family members must comply with established NYS and RIT immunization requirements regardless of how long you have been associated with RIT.
Veterans: If you were honorably discharged within 10 years from the date of your application to RIT, you can submit your armed forces official vaccination records as proof of immunization. If there is a delay in obtaining your official vaccination records, the DD 214 Form (Separation of Service) will enable you to attend classes temporarily. NOTE: DD 214 does not fulfill the immunization requirements. We must receive your vaccination records.


Recommended Immunizations:


Hepatitis B

  • Series of three vaccines
All students
  • Must be in English
  • Verification of dates by health or school official
  • Initial series and booster within last 10 years
  • Tdap vaccination is recommended for the booster to provide protection against pertussis
All students
  • Must be in English
  • Verification of dates by health or school official
HPV (Gardasil 9)
  • Series of 3 doses over 6 months
Women and men ages 9-26 Protects against 9 types of HPV - the virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer.
  • 1 dose annually
All students, especially those with a chronic illness or a condition/medication that affects the immune system. Usually available seasonally in the Student Health Center for a fee.
Pneumococcal Vaccine (Pneumovax)
  • 1 dose
  • Students with cochlear implants
  • Some students with heart disease or weakened immune system
  • 2 doses 4-8 weeks apart
Students who have not had chicken pox.  


Exemption Requirements:

What Who Additional Information
Medical Students with a medical contraindication to a specific vaccine Sufficient documentation must be submitted by the student's medical provider including reason for contraindication and end date if applicable.
MMR Requirement Students born before January 1, 1957  
Online or Off-Campus Program/Major Programs/Majors where ALL courses are completely online or off-campus If your program is online/off-campus, but you attend an on-campus orientation or other event, you ARE subject to immunization compliance.
Religious Students with a history of strong religious conviction against vaccination
  • NY State does not accept philosophical waivers
  • You must submit the Request for Religious Exemption Form
  • RIT requires the form to be notarized