PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 1210, 1584, 1630, PRINTER'S NO. 2102 1775
No. 955 Session of 2001
INTRODUCED BY D. WHITE, ROBBINS, RHOADES, COSTA, ORIE, LAVALLE, TOMLINSON, ERICKSON, LEMMOND, KUKOVICH, WAUGH, MUSTO, KASUNIC, CORMAN AND STACK, JUNE 15, 2001
SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE AMENDMENTS, JUNE 17, 2002
AN ACT 1 Providing for adoption of a vaccination policy at institutions <-- 2 of higher education and for vaccination against meningococcal 3 disease for students at institutions of higher education. 4 The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 5 hereby enacts as follows: 6 Section 1. Short title. 7 This act shall be known and may be cited as the College and 8 University Student Vaccination Act. 9 Section 2. Definitions. 10 The following words and phrases when used in this act shall 11 have the meanings given to them in this section unless the 12 context clearly indicates otherwise: 13 "Branch campus." A branch campus is a unit of an institution 14 of higher education which is distinguished by all of the 15 following characteristics: 16 (1) An academic degree-granting program or organized 17 parts thereof offered on a continuing basis.
1 (2) Location separately identifiable from the main 2 campus of the parent institution and providing the services 3 normally associated with the campus. 4 (3) Legal authority for governance, administration and 5 general operation derived from the charter or enabling 6 legislation of the parent institution or of the State System 7 of Higher Education. 8 "Community colleges." Institutions now or hereafter created 9 pursuant to Article XIX-A of the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, 10 No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, or the act of 11 August 24, 1963 (P.L.1132, No.484), known as the Community 12 College Act of 1963. 13 "Dormitory or housing unit." A building owned by an 14 institution of higher education which is used as a residence by 15 students of the institution. 16 "Independent institution of higher education." An 17 institution of higher education which is operated not for 18 profit, located in and incorporated or chartered by the 19 Commonwealth, entitled to confer degrees and apply to itself the 20 designation "college" or "university" as provided for by 21 standards and qualifications prescribed by the State Board of 22 Education under 24 Pa.C.S. Ch. 65 (relating to private colleges, 23 universities and seminaries). 24 "Institution of higher education." An independent 25 institution of higher education, a community college, a State- 26 owned institution or a State-related institution, any of which 27 is approved by the Department of Education. 28 "State-owned institutions." Those institutions which are 29 part of the State System of Higher Education pursuant to Article 30 XX-A of the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the 20010S0955B2102 - 2 -
1 Public School Code of 1949. 2 "State-related institutions." The Pennsylvania State 3 University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and 4 Lincoln University and their branch campuses. 5 Section 3. Vaccination policy. <-- 6 Each institution of higher education shall adopt a uniform 7 vaccination policy for full-time students residing in 8 dormitories or housing units. The policy shall be consistent 9 with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the 10 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for 11 adolescents. 12 Section 4 3. Vaccination requirement. <-- 13 (a) General rule.--Except as provided in subsection (b), an 14 institution of higher education shall prohibit a student from 15 residing in a dormitory or housing unit unless the student has 16 received a one-time vaccination against meningococcal disease. 17 If the student is a minor, the vaccination may only be 18 administered with the consent of the student's parent or 19 guardian. 20 (b) Exception.--An institution of higher education may SHALL <-- 21 permit a student to reside in a dormitory or housing unit 22 without being vaccinated, for religious or other reasons, 23 against meningococcal disease if the institution provides 24 detailed information on the risks associated with meningococcal 25 disease and the availability and the effectiveness of any 26 vaccine to: 27 (1) The student, if the student is 18 years of age or 28 older, and the student signs a written waiver stating that 29 the student has received and reviewed the information 30 provided and has chosen not to be vaccinated, for religious 20010S0955B2102 - 3 -
1 or other reasons, against meningococcal disease. 2 (2) The student's parent or guardian, if the student is 3 a minor, and the student's parent or guardian signs a written 4 waiver stating that the parent or guardian has received and 5 reviewed the information provided and has chosen not to have 6 the student vaccinated, for religious or other reasons, 7 against meningococcal disease. 8 (c) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be 9 construed to require an institution of higher education to 10 provide or pay for vaccinations against meningococcal disease. 11 An institution is only responsible for the dissemination of 12 information and documentation of vaccination or collection of 13 waiver forms. 14 Section 5 4. Effective date. <-- 15 This act shall take effect in 60 days. F14L24BIL/20010S0955B2102 - 4 -