Health Insurance Policy
American Jewish University does not provide health insurance or charge a health services fee to its students. Students are strongly encouraged to acquire minimal standard health insurance coverage during the duration of their studies with us, however proof of health insurance is not required as part of your enrollment. The following list are websites to assist you with acquiring health insurance information and coverage. The list is not considered comprehensive, is given as a convenience to our students, and not as any type of endorsement or recommendation.
- Health Insurance Marketplace®: https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/
- Say on Parent’s Plan until Age 26: https://www.healthcare.gov/young-adults/children-under-26/
Domestic Students residing in California
- Compass Student Insurance: https://www.studenthealthusa.com/
- Cultural Insurance Services International: https://www.culturalinsurance.com/
- International Student Insurance: https://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/student-health-insurance/
- International Student Protection: http://intlstudentprotection.com/
- ISO Insurance: https://www.isoa.org/
- PGH Global: https://www.pghstudent.com/
- PSI Health Insurance: https://www.psiservice.com/
Vaccination & Immunization Policy (Non-COVID-19)
Except for the COVID-19 vaccination requirement (see COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for AJU Students), American Jewish University does not require vaccinations for its students and is exempt from the California State Department of Public Health requirements for vaccination oversight. Students are encouraged to be accountable for their well-being and may find information pertaining to wellness by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.
Mandatory COVID-10 Vaccine Policy for AJU Students
- Purpose: In accordance with American Jewish University's duty to provide and maintain a learning environment and workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees, students, and their families; our customers and visitors; and the community at large from infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, that may be reduced by vaccinations. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.
- Scope: The policy applies to all students of the University, except those who are studying in completely remote degrees or programs and will not be visiting either AJU campus (Familian Campus and Brandeis-Bardin Campus).
- Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that COVID-19 can cause serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect an individual. Further, an individual who gets infected with COVID-19 could spread the virus to friends, family, classmates, co-workers and others around them.
- Vaccination Requirement: The University requires that all individuals within in the scope of this policy must be vaccinated against COVID-19 within the timeframes that will be set by the University in one or more follow-up communications, provided that they are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine according to guidelines issued by the CDC and California Department of Public Health (collectively, “Public Health Guidelines”) and that the vaccine is locally available in sufficient quantities for them to receive it, unless they are exempt from this requirement for a reason stated in Section V below.
- Costs: The COVID-19 vaccine is available to the public at no cost. For assistance finding a vaccine administration location, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/How-Do-I-Get-a-COVID-19-Vaccine.html
- COVID-19 Infection Control Procedures:
- The University’s COVID-19 Infection Control Procedures, as described in the COVID-19 Prevention Program remain in effect. All students, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to follow these procedures whenever they are on campus until advised otherwise in writing by the University. This requirement includes wearing face coverings and other personal protective equipment as per current guidelines; strictly adhering to respiratory and hand hygiene and symptom screening practices; observing social distancing, occupancy, activity and quarantine restrictions; and complying with all other COVID-19 precautions as instructed by the University.
- An individual who does not observe the University’s COVID-19 Infection Control Procedures, regardless of vaccination status, will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of enrollment.
- Proof of Vaccination:
- Students who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to provide proof of vaccination to the Office of Academic Affairs.
- Proof of vaccination may include the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, a physician’s note, a pharmacy receipt, or copy of vaccination consent form showing that the individual has received all required doses of the vaccine. Students must provide only a record of their COVID-19 vaccination to the Office of Academic Affairs and not a record of other vaccinations or medical history.
- Vaccination Records:
- The Office of Academic Affairs will maintain a record of COVID-19 vaccinations for the purpose of monitoring compliance with this policy, the University’s overall COVID-19 safety programs, and any applicable laws and regulations governing vaccination programs. Vaccination records will be stored separately from the general student files and records are protected from unauthorized disclosure.
- The University may use and disclose the vaccination record for its legitimate business purposes including, but not limited to: protecting the health and safety of customers, those in the workplace, and business partners; ensuring compliance with University policies; managing litigation; complying with contractual obligations; and meeting legal and regulatory requirements.
- The University will obtain the student’s consent when required to do so by applicable state law before disclosing vaccination records to third parties.
- For information pertaining to the e Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) & COVID-19 please visit: https://studentprivacy.ed.gov/sites/default/files/resource_document/file/FERPA%20and%20Coronavirus%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf
- Exemption Management: All students must adhere to the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination requirement as a condition of enrollment unless exempted under Section V of this policy. The Office of Academic Affairs will be responsible for determining whether temporary or permanent exemptions from vaccination requirements will be granted to individuals as set forth in Section V of this policy.
- Vaccine Shortage: In the event of a COVID-19 vaccine shortage occurring after the effective date of this policy, the situation will be evaluated by the Senior Leadership Team, the Office of Academic Affairs, and Human Resources consistent with Public Health Guidelines.
- Grounds for Exemption: Exemption from COVID-19 vaccination may be granted based on a medical contraindication or sincerely held religious beliefs.
- Requests Based on Medical Contraindication: Students requesting exemption due to medical contraindication must provide documentation to support the exemption, such as a certification from a health care provider, to the Office of Academic Affairs.
- Requests Based on Religious Beliefs: Students requesting exemption based on sincerely held religious beliefs must provide a written request to the Office of Academic Affairs. The written request should clearly explain why receiving the COVID-19 vaccination would be contrary to the individual's religious beliefs.
- Evaluation of Request: Each request for exemption, regardless of the reason, will be evaluated individually by the Office of Academic Affairs or Chief Academic Officer in accordance with the University’s equal employment opportunities policies and applicable law.
- Notification of Exemption: If an exemption is granted, the student will be notified in writing within 5 business days after presenting a request for exemption to the Office of Academic Affairs.
- Continued Observation of Infection Control Procedures: Students who receive exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination will be required to continue observing the University’s COVID-19 Infection Control Procedures at all times until specifically advised by the University that they may stop doing so.
- Temporary Medical Contraindication: If an exemption is granted based on a medical contraindication that is expected to be temporary, the student will be required either to be vaccinated when the condition resolves or to renew the request for exemption no less often than annually. If an exemption is granted on a basis that is expected to be permanent, the exemption request does not need to be renewed, unless alternative COVID-19 vaccines become available that would eliminate a medical contraindication or accommodate a religious objection.