Students attending postsecondary educational institutions
must be immunized.
ENTITLED, An Act to
require certain immunizations for students attending postsecondary
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Terms in this Act mean:
(1) "Public or private postsecondary educational institution" or "institution," any entity
permitted to offer postsecondary education credits or degrees in South Dakota under
(2) "Student," any person born after 1956 who is registering for more than one class during
an academic term, such as a quarter or a semester. The term includes any person who
meets face-to-face at least once per week to receive instruction. The term does not
include any person who receives non-credit-bearing or on-the-job training services.
Any student entering a public or private postsecondary education institution in this
state for the first time after July 1, 2008, shall, within forty-five days after the start of classes,
present to the appropriate institution certification from a licensed physician that the student has
received or is in the process of receiving the required two doses of immunization against measles,
rubella, and mumps. As an alternative to the requirement for a physicians's certification, the
student may present:
(1) Certification from a licensed physician stating the physical condition of the student
would be such that immunization would endanger the student's life or health;
(2) Certification from a licensed physician stating the student has experienced the natural
disease against which the immunization protects;
(3) Confirmation from a laboratory of the presence of adequate immunity; or
(4) A written statement signed by the student that the student is an adherent to a religious
doctrine whose teachings are opposed to such immunizations. If the student is under the
age of eighteen, the written statement shall be signed by one parent or guardian.
The institution shall require that the documentation from the student, provided for
by section 2 of this Act, be submitted within forty-five days after the start of classes.
Signed March 1, 2007