Immunization Compliance at Marist

All students matriculated in a degree program and participating in Marist College courses meeting anywhere in New York State must comply with the New York State Department of Health immunization requirements for admission (and continuation) as Marist students.

Please note: Students enrolled solely in online degree programs are not required to be in compliance. Once registered for a course requiring attendance on campus, however, these students must meet all immunization requirements.

To comply with immunization requirements, please follow the instructions in the cover letter of the Health Forms for Incoming Students for your student type.

Students who are not in full compliance with the requirements of the New York State Department of Health Public Health Laws regarding Measles, Mumps, Rubella will not be allowed to remain enrolled in courses after 30 days from the start of the term and may forfeit all or part of their tuition.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella

New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires that undergraduate, graduate and professional students born on or after January 1, 1957, provide proof of immunizations in order to register and remain enrolled in classes. 

Marist College is mandated by New York State law to enforce this requirement. As part of the compliance procedure, the College submits an annual report to the New York State Department of Health attesting to the status of our students’ immunizations. Marist College is also subject to audits by the State.

Required Vaccines

The following vaccines can be delivered as either two measles vaccines, one mumps vaccine and one rubella vaccine, or else as two measles, mumps, rubella vaccines (MMR1 and MMR2).
  • Measles – 2 doses of live vaccine: the first given no more than 4 days before your first birthday, and the second at least 28 days after the first
  • Mumps – 1 dose 
  • Rubella – 1 dose 

Acceptable Proof of Immunity:

  • Certified Vaccination Administration Record from your doctor. 
  • Immunization records from your undergraduate institution, high school, or the armed services (proof of honorable discharge from the armed services within 10 years of enrollment in Marist College will allow you to attend classes pending actual receipt of your immunization records.)
  • Physician documented proof of disease (not acceptable for rubella) 
  • Blood tests proving immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella (a.k.a. Blood Antibody Titer) 
Please note that New York State immunization requirements may differ from those of other states and you may need to receive additional vaccinations in order to be in compliance.

Your Immunization Records Should:

  • Clearly indicate the vaccines, dates, name and location of the doctor or clinic 
  • Be stamped and signed by the doctor or clinic 
  • Be easily readable
  • Include your name (current name as enrolled, if different from childhood name), birthdate, and CWID.  You can add this to your immunization record or include it in an email or on a separate sheet of paper.


Proof of MMR immunization is not necessary if any of the following exceptions apply:
  • If you are a student born before January 1, 1957
  • If you are unable to receive a vaccine for medical reasons and your doctor writes a note to this effect and signs it
  • If you are unable to receive a vaccine for religious reasons and you submit documentation.  In the event of an outbreak of measles, mumps or rubella, you will not be allowed to attend class

Meningococcal Meningitis

PHL 2167 requires all colleges to provide information on Meningitis and Meningitis vaccine.
  • A signed statement (if under the age of eighteen years, the parent or guardian signs as well) indicating that they have received and reviewed the information provided by the College, understand the risks of meningococcal meningitis and the benefits of immunization, and have decided not to obtain immunization against meningococcal meningitis.  Marist strongly encourages first-year resident students to receive the meningitis vaccination.  

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