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THE STATE SCHOOL AID ACT OF 1979 (EXCERPT)
Act 94 of 1979

388.1810h Mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy; exemptions; written report.

Sec. 210h.

  (1) If a community college that receives an appropriation in section 201 establishes a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy, it shall provide exemptions to that policy to the following students:

  (a) Any student for whom a physician certifies that a COVID-19 vaccine is or may be detrimental to the student’s health or is not appropriate.

  (b) Any student who provides a written statement to the effect that the requirements of the COVID-19 vaccine policy cannot be met because of religious convictions or other consistently held objection to immunization.

  (2) It must be presumed that a student who requests an exemption under subsection (1) is entitled to that exemption. The community college shall grant that student’s request unless it determines by clear and convincing evidence that the student is not entitled to that exemption.

  (3) A community college shall not deny a student’s request for an exemption until it has exhausted every reasonable accommodation.

  (4) If a community college denies a student’s request for an exemption, the community college shall issue a report fully explaining its reasons for the denial. That report must describe all reasonable accommodations the community college offered the student and the student’s response.

  (5) Every community college shall submit a written report regarding its actions taken under this section no later than March 15 of each year to the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on community colleges, the senate and house fiscal agencies, and the state budget director. This annual report must include the following information, which may be obtained from any reliable source that complies with applicable laws regarding student privacy:

  (a) The number of students who have requested an exemption from the community college’s COVID-19 vaccine policy.

  (b) The number of students who have been granted an exemption.

  

  

History: Add. 2021, Act 86, Eff. Oct. 1, 2021



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