Student mask & vaccine accommodations

The University of Lethbridge continues to implement a multilayered COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is the most critical element of this plan. Regular asymptomatic COVID-19 rapid testing for approved individuals, well-fitting masks, physical distancing when possible, staying home when ill, good hand hygiene, enhanced building ventilation and frequent cleaning of surfaces are all important elements.

The University is committed to providing academic accommodations, for students with disabilities, in accordance with the Alberta Human Rights Act and the University’s Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy.

Mask accommodation request

Students, who cannot wear a mask for protected grounds, are encouraged to contact exemption.inquiry@uleth.ca to learn more about the process and documentation requirements to be considered for mask accommodation.

Students must email from their University email address as inquiries from the general public will not be considered. Please provide a brief description so that we can respond accordingly.

 

Asymptomatic rapid testing/vaccine accommodation

Note: Please be advised that if you have concerns about being able to meet the mandatory vaccination requirements for the Spring 2022 semester, you can consider registering in online courses as an alternative to submitting an exemption request. The mode of course delivery is provided in the course description when registering for classes.

The University will consider a request, which must be submitted by the student, for an exemption from vaccination on protected grounds according to the Alberta Human Rights Act. Students who are requesting an exemption must submit their request, and supporting documentation, to exemption.inquiry@uleth.ca. While applications may be submitted at any time, we highly recommend that applications for Spring 2022 exemptions are submitted no later than January 4, 2022. After this date, students may experience unavoidable delays or consequences in their academic programs.

Students must email from their University email address to request an exemption. Please identify the grounds that form the basis of the exemption request (specific protected ground under the Human Rights Act) so that the response can address the specific need.

For exemption requests on religious grounds, required supporting documentation includes a personal letter of sincerely held religious beliefs, elaborating the religious tenets prohibiting vaccination and describing the applicant’s personal, and consistent application and commitment to these tenets and to the faith group/religion to which they belong (with specific attention paid to how these considerations inform the choice not to be vaccinated). PLEASE NOTE: It is highly recommended that students also submit a statement from leaders of their faith group/religion that addresses this information.

For exemption requests on physical/mental disability grounds, required supporting documentation includes a letter from a qualified medical/mental health professional. Such documentation must include: the physical/mental disability basis on which the student cannot be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and a date by which the exemption expires and/or a date for reassessment, if appropriate.

For exemption requests on medical grounds, required supporting documentation includes a letter from a physician or nurse practitioner, on clinic letterhead and containing an original signature, with the following information:

  • Name and address of the individual to whom the exemption applies;
  • Name, phone number, contact information, professional registration number, and signature of the authorizing health professional;
  • Date on which the medical exemption letter was provided;
  • Length of time for which the exemption or deferral is valid (up to one year from the date on which the letter is provided);
  • As per guidelines provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, a statement validating that there is medical reason for the individual’s exemption or deferral from being fully immunized against COVID-19.

 


Students should be aware that, while the University will make reasonable attempts to provide an accommodation, in certain circumstances, health and safety requirements and/or operational requirements of a particular class or program may preclude exemption. As an example, this may include learning environments where physical distancing is not possible and/or the course format requires close physical interaction. Should this be the case, all alternate accommodation measures will be considered.