New Student Health Requirements

Since the health and wellness of every Grinnell College student is of the utmost importance, the college has several health compliance requirements that all incoming students are required to meet. All first-year students must complete the required health forms and submit them to Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) by July 15, 2021. Students will not be eligible to register for classes until all forms and immunization requirements are submitted and complete. Please work closely with your SHAW nursing team to help manage any requirements that are unattainable prior to your arrival.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Grinnell intends to require COVID-19 vaccination for all students, effective in the fall of 2021. We recognize that access to vaccinations varies greatly around the world and that the inoculations available to some of you may be different than those being distributed in the U.S. We highly recommend that you obtain vaccination as soon as it is available to you, but if you arrive without one, Grinnell will facilitate inoculation upon arrival.

Exemptions: If you request to waive your required immunizations based on a medical or religious exemption, you must connect with our Director of Health Services for further instructions regarding this process. Please note that these exemption requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with SHAW’s Medical Director.

Steps to Access Medical Clearance Requirements

  1. Go to: the SHAW portal.
  2. Type your Grinnell College email (example: username@grinnell.edu). Click “Next”.
  3. Type your password. Click “Sign in”.
  4. You will need to have your Duo-registered mobile device or hardware token in your possession when logging in. After entering your Grinnell credentials, a Duo authentication screen will appear. If you are using a mobile device, you can select “Send Me a Push” or “Enter a Passcode.” If sending a push, a confirmation will be sent to your registered mobile device for approval. If entering a passcode, you can get the code by opening the Duo mobile app on your registered device, or by using a hardware token. Authenticate via DUO on the device (mobile phone or hardware token) that you use for logging into your Grinnell College account.
  5. Confirm your date of birth. Please use the drop-down arrows to select your birth month, then birth day, then type your birth year. Click “Proceed”.
  6. You are now logged in. The left side contains the navigation selection menu. Click “Medical Clearances
  7. Medical Clearance List appears on the right side of the portal window. Items required for clearance are listed. Once an item has been reviewed by our staff, the status will change to Compliant. If an item has a status of Not Compliant and the Details state Awaiting Review, the item has not been reviewed by our staff.

If you have trouble logging in, please contact the Grinnell College Technology Services Desk at 641-269-4901 or email ITS.

A PDF version of Admission Requirements is available.


Items to Complete Online

Student Health History — Please enter all known allergies, medications, medical conditions, family history, hospitalizations, and surgeries/procedures. If there is no applicable history for any section, select the green “No” button in that section. After you have entered a response for each section, click the red “Done” button. All sections must have an entry in order to be compliant.

SHAW Consent for Treatment – Read this form carefully and check the box next to “I acknowledge and agree to the following:” prior to clicking “Submit Final.” If you do not agree or have questions about the Consent to Treat form, please click “Cancel” and contact SHAW directly.

Tuberculosis Risk Screening – Please answer all screening questions and click “Submit”. Based on your answers, further compliance items may appear on your Medical Clearances Menu. Note: Check your medical clearance list for additional requirements.

Paper Forms

Physical Exam — Download and print the Physical Exam form (PDF). Take this form to the health care provider who is completing your required physical examination. All sections of the form must be completed and the form signed and dated by your health care provider. Upload the completed form within the Physical Exam section on the Medical Clearance list. NOTE: All physical examinations must be completed within one year of the first day of classes. (August 26, 2020-August 26, 2021)

Clinical Tuberculosis Assessment by Health Care Provider — If this appears on your Medical Clearance list, download and print this form. Take the Clinical Tuberculosis Assessment by Health Care Provider form to your health care provider for required tuberculosis testing. After all requirements on the form are complete, the form is signed and dated by your health care provider. Upload the completed form within the Tuberculosis Clinical Assessment second on the medical clearance list. Note: If you do not see this item on your medical clearance list after you have answered the Tuberculosis Risk Screening, it does not apply to you.

Minor Consent — This form will be required of all students who are under the age of 18 as of Aug. 1, 2021. Download and print the Minor Consent Form; have your parent/legal guardian review, sign, and date the form; once complete upload the form. Note: If you do not see this item on your medical clearance list, it does not apply to you.

Items That Require Online Entry and Corresponding Documents Uploaded

The following items require dates and/or results entered by you. In order for staff to verify the information that is entered, a corresponding document needs to be uploaded (ie: official immunization record, laboratory results, etc.). A PDF version of items required for medical clearance is available.

Immunization Record — Upload the official immunization record provided to you by your medical provider, public health office, pharmacy, or school records.

COVID — Enter the dates that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record or your official COVID vaccine card. This vaccine is a requirement for all students starting in the fall of 2021. We encourage you to obtain this vaccination as soon as possible. If you have limited or no access to vaccination and arrive to campus without being vaccinated, Grinnell College will facilitate inoculation upon arrival.

Measles — Enter the two dates that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record. The first dose must be administered after 12 months of age to be considered valid.

Mumps — Enter the two dates that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record. The first dose must be administered after 12 months of age to be considered valid.

Rubella — Enter the two dates that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record. The first dose must be administered after 12 months of age to be considered valid.

Meningococcal A,C,W,Y — Enter the date that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record. The most recent dose must be within the last 5 years. (ie: Menveo, Menactra, etc.)

Serogroup B Meningococcal — Enter the two dates that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record. This immunization is typically given as a two-dose series with vaccines administered at 0 and 1 month (Bexsero) or 0 and 6 months (Trumenba) depending on the brand of vaccine. If you start the series with one brand your second dose must be with the same brand.

Tetanus-diphtheria — Enter the date that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record. The most recent dose must be within the last 10 years.

Varicella — Enter the two dates that you received this immunization. Dates are located on your official immunization record. Each dose must be administered after 12 months of age to be considered valid.

Influenza (2021-22 season) — Enter the date of your 2021-22 seasonal influenza vaccination. A flu vaccination clinic will be offered on campus, sometime during the fall term.


Steps to Take Before Your Appointment with Your Health Care Provider

  1. Complete the online Student Health History and the Tuberculosis Risk Screening.
  2. Download and print the Physical Exam form.
  3. Download and print the Clinical Tuberculosis Assessment by Health Care Provider form, if applicable.
  4. Review vaccine requirements and compare them to your official immunization record so you may obtain the needed immunizations at your physical exam appointment.
  5. Your official immunization record may be obtained from your primary care provider, public health office, pharmacy, or your school system.

Please schedule your physical exam early and start all vaccination series so all requirements are met prior to arriving in Grinnell.


Notification to Faculty/Parents/Legal Guardians

If a student falls ill and is going to miss class, it is important that they email their faculty directly. We also encourage the student to call SHAW and connect with one of our SHAW providers who can help guide their care moving forward. We offer a variety of services and are here to support them during their time of need. We understand that occasionally, parents or legal guardians may want to speak directly with one of the SHAW providers regarding their student’s health or mental health status. We are happy to speak with whomever the student designates to have access to this information, as long as we have secured a written release and are able to discuss with the student what they wish to share, doing so on a case by case basis. We do not honor blanket releases. While medical/counseling records within SHAW are kept confidential according to our policies, please note if a student is hospitalized for a serious condition or injury, Student Affairs may reach out to the student’s emergency contact to make them aware.

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