Faculty/Staff Vaccine Mandate Compliance Directives

  1. Effective Date:

    In accordance with the University System of Maryland ("USM") COVID-19 vaccine mandate all Towson University ("University") faculty and staff ("Employees") are expected to be "fully vaccinated" against COVID-10, effective no later than August 9, 2021. Employees will be considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine. 

  2. Exemptions:

    In accordance with the University System of Maryland ("USM") COVID-19 vaccine mandate all Towson University ("University") faculty and staff ("Employees") are expected to be "fully vaccinated" against COVID-10, effective no later than August 9, 2021. Employees will be considered "fully vaccinated" two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine.

    1. Submission of documentation signed by the employee's health care provider indicating that the employee is medically unable to be vaccinated; or
    2. Affirmative statement of a sincerely held religious belief, or observance that does not allow for the employee to be vaccinated.

    Employees receiving either a medical or religious exemption are required to have uploaded exemption certification forms and received formal approval from the University via its dedicated exemption submission process. Employees with an authorized exemption are required to follow health and safety protocols for non-vaccinated individuals as set forth by the University, to include completion of the daily QuickScan, adhering to the University’s Temporary Masking Protocol, and continued timely participation in rapid testing on a schedule established by the University’s Medical Advisory Committee (the “Protocols”).

  3. Refusal & Non-Compliance:

    Employees who refuse vaccination, are not fully vaccinated or do not have a valid exemption per these directives by August 9, 2021, will be required to follow the Protocols. Verified failure to comply with the Protocols shall subject an employee to progressive discipline, up to and including termination of employment.

  4. Partial Vaccination:

    Faculty and Staff who are partially vaccinated (i.e. having only received one dose of a two-dose vaccine) will be provisionally considered non-compliant. Accordingly, partially vaccinated faculty/staff will be subject to the Protocols and any applicable consequences as described in these directives. Upon completion of full vaccination and verification status will be updated to reflect full compliance.

  5. Consequences:

    The consequences for remaining not fully vaccinated without having an approved medical/religious exemption will include any or all of the following actions:

    1. Such employees will be identified and monitored for compliance with the Protocols.  Verified failure to comply will result in progressive discipline, up to and including termination of employment.  Schedule of progressive discipline is at the discretion of the University and will consider vaccine exemption status as well as exempt vs. non-exempt employment classification per the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
    2. Such employees who are subject to the Protocols who fail to comply with rapid testing in accordance with the University established schedule may also lose any or all of the following privileges until a make-up test showing a negative result is recorded.
      1. Access to TU Buildings, offices and residence halls.
      2. Access to TU Wi-Fi on campus.
      3. Access to public computers on campus
      4. Access to TU Transportation
    3. Such employees will receive a formal written reprimand or letter of censure for failure to follow University policy/protocol by the stated deadline of August 9, 2021, to be recorded in the official personnel file. The reprimand will reflect the following:
      1. Acknowledgment of failure to comply with the USM vaccine mandate and assumption of the coinciding health/safety risks;
      2. Formal notice of the requirement to comply with the Protocols or be subject to the University’s schedule of progressive discipline;
      3. Reprimands for failure to comply are subject to expungement upon proof of full vaccination or if/when the vaccine mandate is removed by the University.
    4. Such employees will not be eligible for the discretionary programs of Telework or University-sponsored travel (but may be approved upon proof of vaccination)
    5. Receipt of a written reprimand or letter of censure for failure to comply with the mandate and/or non-compliance with the Protocols resulting in progressive disciplinary action (not resulting in termination) may be considered in such employees’ performance evaluation or merit review for any relevant evaluation year.

NOTE: Faculty/Staff with authorized vaccine exemptions will not receive a formal reprimand for noncompliance with the vaccine mandate.  Instead, individuals with exemptions will receive notification of the requirement to adhere to the Protocols which will not constitute formal disciplinary action