To explain/clarify/define requirements and/or guidelines regarding immunization for students attending South Central College, as mandated by Minnesota Law (M.S.135A.14)


To protect the health and well-being of College staff, students, and visitors.


Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires proof that all students born after 1956 are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella, allowing for certain specified exemptions. The Immunization form is designed to provide the school with the information required by the law and will be available for review by the Minnesota Department of Health and the local health agency.

The immunization record submitted must indicate the month and year the student was immunized against measles, rubella and mumps, after having attained the age of 12 months. The immunization record must also indicate the month and year the student was immunized against diphtheria and tetanus within 10 years of first registration at the institution.

Students registered for non-credit, corporate credit, Farm Business Management, or online courses only are exempt from submitting the required immunization record unless the course requires on-campus laboratory, internship, clinical or other on-campus contact for the purpose of completing coursework.

All immunization records must be submitted within 45 days of course commencement for which the student is registered.

Medical Exceptions

An immunization record is not required if the student submits to an administrator a statement signed by a physician that shows:

  • The student did not receive an immunization for medical reasons;
  • The student has experienced the natural disease against which the immunization protects; or
  • A laboratory has confirmed the presence of adequate immunity.

Additional Exception

If the student submits a notarized statement that the student has not been immunized as required because of the student’s conscientiously held beliefs, the immunizations are not required. The College shall submit the notarized statement to the Commissioner of Health.

Immunization Record Files

The College shall maintain an immunization record for each student for at least one year from the time of original filing. Immunization records will be maintained in a separate medical records file. The Department of Health and the local Board of Health in whose jurisdiction the institution is located may inspect immunization records.

Additional Immunization Requirements
Students in certain academic programs may be required to submit additional immunization records besides those indicated within this policy.


"Student" means a person born after 1956 who did not graduate from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later, and who is (1) registering for more than one class during a full academic term, such as a quarter or a semester or (2) housed on campus and is registering for one or more classes. Student does not include persons who are only enrolled in extension classes, correspondence classes, online classes, or evening or weekend adult accelerated programs.

Date of last review: November 30, 2021