Washington State University
Dear Cougs,
We know you’re excited to be on campus this fall, and we are, too! We can’t wait to see all of you and get back to the Coug experience we’ve all been missing. We also know you have questions, and we wanted to provide an important update regarding vaccine documentation and exemption processes.
WSU will return to fully in-person operations and classes as proclaimed by Governor Jay Inslee last week. This is in large part because of the widespread availability and proven efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, which WSU is requiring for all students, faculty, and staff. Exemptions are allowed for medical and non-medical reasons.
Submitting Your Information
We have created a safe and secure way for students to submit proof of vaccination or file an exemption. As our largest and only residential campus, Pullman is rolling out this process first. Pullman students are now able to submit their information using the Cougar Health Services Patient Portal.
All other WSU campuses can expect a similar process to be made available prior to the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. The vice chancellor for your campus will email you with information as soon as it is available. If you are enrolled in a fully online program, you are exempt from this requirement.
Once the process is available for your campus, you should submit your proof of vaccination or file an exemption as soon as possible. Remember that all students must have proof of vaccination or an approved exemption on file by Nov. 1. Students living in University-owned housing must submit documentation by Aug. 6. If you don’t update your vaccination status, you will not be able to register for spring 2022 classes.
Protecting Cougs and Our Communities
We strongly recommend that all Cougs who are able get vaccinated so we can keep ourselves, our most vulnerable Cougs, our communities, and our state healthy. We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any variants. Vaccination is the best way to do that. If you have questions about vaccination, you can find information about it at the links listed below.
If you are able, start the vaccine series as soon as possible. Vaccines are widely available in nearly every U.S. community. Even if you can’t get your second dose at home, you can get the first shot now and we’ll help you get the second dose this fall!
If you choose not to get vaccinated or are unable to, you will need to wear a mask while on your campus or WSU location. We know you’re all eager to get back to in-person classes and activities, so we urge you to get vaccinated so you can fully participate in Coug life! 
If you have questions about vaccines or exemptions, please send a message to cougarhealth@wsu.edu.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our communities healthy. We’re looking forward to being on campus with you this fall.
Go Cougs!

Mary Jo Gonzales
Vice President of Student Affairs

Joel Schwartzkopf
Executive Director, Cougar Health Services, WSU Pullman

Hailey Rupp
Project Manager, WSU System COVID-19 Response
Helpful Links
Washington State University.
Division of Student Affairs, Washington State University
PO Box 641066, Pullman, WA 99164-1066