The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Entering student includes:
(A) New student--A first-time student of an institution
of higher education or private or independent institution of higher
education, including a student who transfers to the institution from
another institution. A student who was previously exempt under §21.614(a)(2)
- (5) of this title (relating to Exceptions) will be treated as a
new student, should the exception no longer apply.
(B) Returning student--A student who previously attended
an institution of higher education or private or independent institution
of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in
the same or another institution of higher education or private or
independent institution of higher education following a break in enrollment
of at least one fall or spring semester.
(2) Evidence of Vaccination--Acceptable evidence of
vaccination or receiving a booster dose includes:
(A) the signature or stamp of a physician or his/her
designee, or public health personnel on a form which shows the month,
day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered;
(B) an official immunization record generated from
a state or local health authority; or
(C) an official record received from school officials,
including a record from another state.
(3) Health practitioner--Any person authorized by law
to administer a vaccination.
(4) Institution of Higher Education--Any public technical
institute, public junior college, public senior college or university,
medical or dental unit or other agency of higher education as defined
in Texas Education Code, §61.003(8).
(5) Private or independent institution of higher education--Includes
only a private or independent college or university as defined in
Texas Education Code §61.003(15).
(6) Online and other distance education course--A course
in which the instructor and students are not in the same location.
An online course typically involves web-based instruction, but might
also include correspondence instruction. An online or other distance
education course that includes a face-to-face component, including
meeting in a testing laboratory with other students, or meeting in
a classroom to receive interactive video instruction, does not qualify
as an online or other distance education course for the purposes of
|Source Note: The provisions of this §21.612 adopted to be effective November 30, 2009, 34 TexReg 8527; amended to be effective November 29, 2011, 36 TexReg 8024; amended to be effective May 29, 2012, 37 TexReg 3805