Privacy Questions and Answers

NSU uses your self-reported vaccination information to keep track of the percentage of the NSU population that is vaccinated. Once 70-80% of the NSU student population is vaccinated, NSU can return to a more pre-COVID environment. We will collect your vaccination information, which you provide through a secure, authenticated form. NSU will use this information solely in connection with our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not share your information with other entities or organizations, except in connection with our response to the pandemic to public health agencies, or when legally required to do so. Read the full privacy notice.

HIPAA protections apply when a covered entity (i.e., your health care provider) shares your health information with a third party. However, HIPAA does not prevent you from providing your own health information to a third party. Self-reporting your vaccination information to NSU does not subject the information to HIPAA because you are the one disclosing it. Individuals are free to share their COVID-19 vaccination information with whomever they choose. NSU will use this information solely in connection with our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not share your information with other entities or organizations, except in connection with our response to the pandemic to public health agencies, or when legally required to do so. The below links provide additional guidance regarding HIPAA Privacy and COVID-19.

Health and Human Services ("HHS") Office for Civil Rights Guidance:

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided Bulletins, Notifications of Enforcement Discretion, Guidance, and Resources that help explain how patient health information may be used and disclosed in response to the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

If you are a student and you self-report your vaccination status to NSU, the information would be protected under FERPA. NSU will use this information solely in connection with our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not share your information with other entities or organizations, except in connection with our response to the pandemic to public health agencies, or when legally required to do so. For more information related to NSU’s use and disclosure of FERPA protected information, go to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (nova.edu).

The below link provides additional guidance regarding FERPA and COVID-19.

  • U.S. Department of Education Guidance:
The U.S. Department of Education issued Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and COVID-19. The Department’s Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) prepared this document to assist school officials working with public health officials in managing public health issues related to COVID-19, while protecting the privacy of students’ education records.

Your information will be protected in the same manner as outlined under the above question:

"How Does NSU Use my Self-Reported Vaccination Information?" The below link provides additional guidance regarding the ADA and COVID-19.

  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidance
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance titled What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws. The EEOC prepared this document to assist employers in addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Students are not required to provide NSU with their vaccination status. The NSU Student Vax Max program calls for purely voluntary disclosure of your vaccination status. No adverse action of any kind will be taken against you if you choose not to participate in this voluntary program to achieve on-campus normalcy through vaccination.

Employees (full- and part-time faculty and staff, adjunct faculty and temporary employees) are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 20, 2021. The mandatory vaccination policy and the process for requesting an exemption due to documentation of a medical condition, pregnancy, or deeply held religious reason may be accessed here.