Alright all, I need your help!
My niece is going off to college next year. She's starting to look around at schools. Right now, she has narrowed it down to about five. Problem is, her top two are both a little sketchy as far as allowing exemptions for vaccinations. The second choice at this point allows for a petition for exemption that can possibly be denied. Link here:
I find it ridiculous that they offer it in the first place if they could arbitrarily decide, nope, this isn't good enough, or whatever they base their decision on.
The other frontrunner is the U of I in Champaign, IL, which has a nearly identical "petition" form:
I did some digging and found this following statement on their site regarding exemptions:
A written and signed statement by the student, or if the student is under age 18, by a parent or guardian, that sets forth the specific religious belief that makes immunization objectionable. The immunization code does not recognize objections of conscience. A statement for religious exemption must be submitted to and approved by the Office of the Dean of Students.
So basically, the same policy for both Universities.
I am trying to help her as much as possible. She was never vaccinated in her life and neither her or her parents want her to start now just to fulfill some idiotic state regulation. I know the state of IL is one of the more difficult ones for non-vaxxers but I for some reason was thinking that you could claim religious exemption without having to explicitly state the details of the religion.
So what do you all think of these forms? My main concern is that I don't think she can even apply for exemptions until she's already accepted and if they deny them, then she's wasted her time, money, and she'll have to find a different school. What would she even say is her religion and why it is against vaxxing? I always did my exemptions for personal beliefs so I never had to deal with any of that. The fact that she will have to stretch the truth because they have given her no other option is pretty irritating.
I really want her to be able to go to the school of her choice. She has some backup plans that offer a much easier exemption option. I just hate that she's dealing with this. She's stressing over it which I can understand; going to college is a big deal. I just want to be able to help with this and I knew you all could provide your thoughts and ideas on the whole thing.