Immunization Policy

Students are required by Illinois law to have an immunization record on file if they were born on or after January 1, 1957, and are planning to enroll in six or more credit hours at any time during their attendance at Roosevelt University. This record must contain proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus. A second measles immunization with live attenuated virus vaccine is to have been given at least 28 days after the first measles immunization. You must provide these immunization records only once during your enrollment at Roosevelt.

Students who do not have immunization records to verify these vaccinations should immediately contact their physician to obtain a copy of their records or have the appropriate immunizations administered.

All eligible students must have a current immunization record on file before the end of their first semester at Roosevelt. The immunization records will be kept on file for 10 years from the first semester of attendance.

In the midst of COVID-19, we realize there are questions about how this policy applies to students studying remotely. For the 2020-21 academic year, please note the following:

  • Students residing outside of Illinois and not taking classes on campus will be exempt from the immunization requirement for 2020-21*.
  • Students residing in Illinois and/or taking classes on campus must fulfill the immunization requirement by October 31st. Students who fail to comply with these immunization requirements will not be able to register for future terms.
  • Students whose residence changes mid-year will be expected to fulfill the immunization requirement during their first semester back on campus.

*The exemption will expire once the University returns to full on-campus instruction.

General Instructions and Information (Compliance is Mandatory)

  1. Letters explaining the immunization policy are mailed to new students upon their acceptance to Roosevelt. Students must complete the Certificate of Immunity form, enclose all necessary documents that show proof of immunization and return all materials to:

    Roosevelt University
    Admission Processing Center
    1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.
    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    All information must be in English. Download the Roosevelt Immunization Form.
  2. Illinois high school or college immunization records are acceptable if they contain all necessary information on the required immunizations and are properly certified.
  3. Anyone on an approved schedule to receive all necessary doses of vaccine must indicate the date of the first and the expected dates of the last two remaining doses.
  4. A physician, school/college/university health service, registered nurse or public health official must certify all dates by signature and must include his or her address and phone number. Month, day and year must be listed for all dates.
  5. Any laboratory or radiological evidence submitted by students must include copies of any reports showing their names and dates of tests and results.


Only the following exemptions will be accepted if they are supported and properly verified by statements that accompany the Certificate of Immunity form:

  1. Medical Contraindications: Students can submit written, signed and dated statements from their physician specifying the vaccines that are contraindicated and the duration of the medical condition(s) that contraindicates them. If such contraindications are temporary, students must then comply with the immunization policy as soon as their physician approves.
  2. Pregnancy or Suspected Pregnancy: A signed statement from a physician verifying pregnancy or suspected pregnancy will temporarily exempt a student from this requirement. The physician's statement must indicate the expected date of delivery. After delivery, the student must then comply with the immunization policy as soon as her physician approves.
  3. Religious Exemptions: Objections to immunization on religious grounds must be corroborated by a letter stating that such objections are based on bona fide religious tenets or practices. The letter must be signed by the student or parent.


Roosevelt's Student Health Insurance is required of all students living in university housing as well as all F1 and J1 international students unless proof of comparable insurance can be shown prior to the published deadline.

Optional participation for all other students is contingent upon registration for degree seeking undergraduate students and graduate students. Students must be currently registered to be eligible for insurance.

Insurance plan brochures are available in AUD358 (Chicago Campus) and SCH125 (Schaumburg Campus); or students can call (312) 341-2004. Visit the student health insurance web page for more information.


In the event of a serious emergency, students should call 911 or have someone take them to the nearest emergency room. The student should show his or her insurance identification card to inform the emergency room personnel of coverage for emergencies.

Smoke-Free Environment

The Illinois Clean Indoor Air Act became effective on July 1, 1990. This act applies to Roosevelt University as it applies to "any enclosed indoor area used by the public or serving as a place of work including, but not limited to, restaurants, retail stores, offices elevators, indoor theaters, libraries, concert halls, educational facilities, auditoriums, arenas and meeting rooms." Under this Act, Roosevelt must prohibit smoking in all of its public areas, on all campuses, including lobbies, libraries, lounges, bathrooms, and in all of its work areas and conference rooms. In addition to this prohibition on indoor smoking, the Chicago Clean Indoor Air Ordinance that became effective January 16, 2006, prohibits smoking within 15 feet of the entrances to Roosevelt's Chicago Campus buildings. Fines and other penalties are assigned for non-compliance.

No cigarettes or other tobacco products will be sold on University premises.

Students who would like to break the smoking habit may call the Counseling Center for an individual referral to an appropriate smoking cessation program.