July 19, 2021
Heritage University announced our decision to return to in-person instruction on June 15, 2021. In the letter from President Andrew Sund to our community, we announced also that in order to return to campus safely, we would require all students, staff, and faculty be fully vaccinated to decrease the spread of COVID-19. All decisions made during this pandemic are grounded in scientific research and data. We follow guidance from the Washington State Health Department, the Center for Disease control, and we work closely with the Yakima County Health District. We frequently consult with community health experts and biologist who know our community and review the latest peer-reviewed research related to COVID-19. It is important to know and understand that viruses by nature mutate and change, that viral load and transmission can increase with variants and decrease with vaccinations. We fully understand and appreciate these are difficulty times and the decision to receive a vaccination is a personal choice. Below please find information regarding our safe open procedures. These procedures are subject to change any given time based on science and data; if we need to reevaluate or plan, we will and again will do so based on safety measures.
Return to Campus Safe-Open Plan
Effective August 2, 2021 all faculty, staff and students coming to the Heritage University Toppenish campus agree to the following terms and conditions.
- I will not come to campus if experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
- I will report to the University administration if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 or if I have been exposed to another person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- I will wear a mask in all indoor spaces when on campus except when actively eating or drinking in the Dining Commons.
- I will maintain a safe social distance from others defined at three feet apart.
Vaccination Information for Students
- All students must be fully vaccinated and a copy of their vaccination record uploaded through dynamic forms to the Office of Student Affairs by or before classes start. There are three exemptions that Students may apply for:
- A medical exemption (requires documentation from a healthcare provider),
- Sincerely held religious convictions (requires documentation or reference from clergy), or
- Exceptional extenuating circumstances (requires a statement or explanation).
The portal below is designed to allow all new and returning students to send proof of vaccination by uploading a photo or .pdf copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card. If you have lost your card, the Office of Student Affairs will work with you to secure a new vaccination card from the Washington State Department of Health Immunization Records Office.
Medical exemptions require a medical note from a Washington State healthcare provider; religious exemptions will require documentation from the clergy or church. Exemption requests for extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Office for Student Affairs, and if approved students, will receive a letter from our office granting or denying the exemption by August 2nd. All decisions are final. Students that are denied an exemption will have a grace period to comply with the requirement to be vaccinated. Every effort will be made to work with students on their exemption requests.
- Log into Myheritage
- Click on Student COVID Information
- Below are two links to the two forms, one for Vaccination Verification and one for Exemption Requests.
On July 30th from 10am to 2pm we will host a vaccination clinic on campus, pre-register here.
If you have questions, please contact:
Office of Student Affairs
Phone: 509-955-8681 (zoom)
Masks are required indoors in public spaces at all times including in the restroom.
Masks may be removed while actively eating and drinking in the Café.
Masks are optional while meeting an office, classroom, or conference room with a closed door if all parties are vaccinated and all individuals agree to unmask temporarily.
Continue with social distancing and follow suggested floor markers. Social Distancing is three feet apart.
Continue to wash hands frequently with soap and warm water and use hand sanitizations stations as you enter buildings.
Sanitation wipes will be provided and additional staff will be on site during the day to disinfect. Staff, students and faculty are also encouraged to disinfect their areas, tables, and desks before they leave an area.