Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

UD Vaccination Requirement — Fall 2021 FAQ


Submitting your vaccination documents

Daily in-person participation guidelines

Updated July 26, 2021All undergraduate, graduate, professional/continuing education, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) students who will be on UD campuses or at any UD OLLI location this fall are required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 before their arrival to campus. Students can request religious or medical exemptions.

The August 15 submission deadline noted in previous communications has been modified to allow the OLLI team to partner with UD Student Health Services (SHS) in creating a user-friendly process for submitting vaccine documentation.

OLLI staff and volunteers are committed to assuring that every member who wishes to attend in-person classes in the fall will be able to do so! 

In preparation for the reinstatement of selected in-person Fall 2021 course offerings for UD OLLI locations, the following announcement was emailed to all UD OLLI members on May 14, 2021. 

Fall 2021 UD COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 

Dear Professional and Continuing Education Student,

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and implement safeguards to protect the health and wellbeing of our University of Delaware community, the University is requiring all students who will be on UD campuses this fall to be fully immunized against COVID-19 before their arrival to campus, and no later than Aug. 15, 2021. This requirement, announced by President Assanis on May 5, includes professional and continuing education noncredit, continuing education non-degree, and Graduate College non-degree students as well as Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members and instructors.

This requirement does not apply to students or OLLI members/instructors who will only participate in online classes. Exemptions will be accommodated for students who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. 

The University encourages students and OLLI members/instructors who are not yet vaccinated to do so as soon as possible to advance our goal for approaching UD community immunity and reducing the risk of infection. Information about upcoming campus vaccination opportunities and other COVID-19 topics is available at udel.edu/coronavirus

Thank you for your cooperation. We truly value the health and safety of each member of the UD community, and we look forward to returning to in-person learning. 

Additional details and answers to related frequently asked questions are provided below.

Dr. George Irvine, Associate Vice Provost
University of Delaware, Division of Professional and Continuing Studies

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
UD Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Members

Fall 2021 UD OLLI Vaccination Requirement

Updated 8/3/2021

Are OLLI members, instructors, and guests required to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Any OLLI member or instructor who will be on UD campuses (including OLLI campuses in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties) or who will be attending OLLI classes/events at off-campus locations in fall 2021 must be fully immunized against COVID-19. Exemptions will be accommodated for OLLI members and instructors who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Approved OLLI guests are not required to be fully immunized against COVID-19, but we strongly encourage vaccinations for all guests. 

How do I provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination? 

OLLI members and instructors who will be on UD campuses–including OLLI campuses in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties–in fall 2021 must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

OLLI has partnered with the University of Delaware’s Student Health Services (UD SHS) to provide user-friendly and secure processes for OLLI participants to submit their proof  of vaccination. Click here for instructions on submitting your vaccination documents.

I am not able to upload a document online. Will there be an opportunity for me to present my vaccination card in person?

OLLI staff will assist participants with meeting the proof of vaccine requirement or requesting an exemption if applicable. Please review the instructions at OLLI’s COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation website, and if you do not have email or are not able to submit an online form, please contact the OLLI program at 302-573-4417 to schedule assistance.

How do I request an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination?

Exemptions will be accommodated for OLLI members who cannot receive a COVID-19 vaccine for medical or religious reasons, with the following documentation:

  • Medical Exemption – Signed and dated documentation from a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner showing patient’s name and birthdate (legibly printed) and a description of why vaccination is contraindicated.
  • Religious Exemption – Signed and dated note stating that your religious views do not allow for vaccination. Your name and date of birth must be legible.
  • One of the above documents must be submitted in order to document exceptions. Click here for instructions on submitting your exemption documents.

Can I attend classes virtually and join in-person after my 2-week post-vaccination waiting period?

OLLI members can virtually attend classes that are offered online without being fully immunized against COVID-19. OLLI members are welcome to join in-person classes after submitting proof of full vaccination. 

If I am diagnosed with COVID-19 during the session can I get a refund?

Refunds for OLLI membership and class fees are approved in some instances, generally involving member life events that preclude them from continuing as a participant in the program.