Meningitis strikes approximately 3,000 Americans annually, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year.


Texas Senate Bill 1107 requires new, transfer, and returning students who have had a fall or spring semester break in attendance to provide proof of having received a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior to the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution.


To submit all required documentation please download and follow the instructions on the following forms:

All current students are exempt from the new law, but are strongly encouraged to speak to a health care provider about meningitis and the vaccine because 19-24 is a high-risk age group.


Students solely enrolled in online, distance education, or extended education courses are exempt. All students 30 and over are exempt.

To learn more about meningitis:



Students have the ability to claim an exemption. There are two different categories when filing for an exception for conscience reasons:


Students NOT Living on Campus:

For new students (age 18 years or older) NOT living in on-campus housing, who wish to file an affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, the student may use the official Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's form. The student must print the form, have it notarized, and submit the following form to the TCU Health Center.

Conscientious Objection Form


Students Living ON Campus OR Under *18 Years Old:

For new students living in on-campus housing, which includes student housing facilities located on the campus, such as dormitories, sorority and fraternity houses, privately owned residence halls, and apartments, the student must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) form. This form can be ordered online through the DSHS. It is then mailed from DSHS to the student and it may take up to two weeks to receive the form. The form must be notarized and submitted to the TCU Health Center. To order the exemption form from DSHS visit the following link:

Official Texas Exemption Form


*This form must be used by students under the age of 18, regardless of whether they are living on or off campus.*




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