Court upholds Indiana University mission


Indianapolis — Students who don’t like the COVID-19 vaccine requirements at Indiana University Go elsewhere for their education..

This is a message submitted by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling issued Monday, recognizing the public university’s requirement that all students and employees be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the fall semester. Will be.

What to keep students safe in a court decision denying a request for an injunction by a group of eight students trying to thwart mandate, alleging that the university violates constitutional rights He said he might decide if it was necessary.

“People who don’t want to get vaccinated may go elsewhere,” Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote in a decision. He added that if the students were afraid that the people around them might be spreading the disease, it would hinder the operation of the university.

Student lawyer James Bopp Jr. said he would appeal to the US Supreme Court.

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The IU policy announced this spring is that all students, faculty and staff in the fall semester will be fully vaccinated by August 15th or by the time they return to campus after August 1st, whichever comes first. is needed.

Although the obligation has certain medical and religious exemptions, unvaccinated students must continue to follow some coronavirus mitigation strategies that the university has mitigated for other fully vaccinated students. there is.

“Once again, the court confirms our legitimate public health interest in ensuring the safety of students and faculty,” IU spokesman Chuck Kearney said in a statement released Monday. We are excited to welcome our community in the fall semester. ” ..

In court last month, Bopp said that vaccine requirements violate students’ right to physical integrity, informed treatment choices, religious freedom, and are essentially vaccinated or educated at the IU. He claimed that he was forced to choose whether to continue. A federal judge supported the IU in this case and urged students to appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Some of the students involved in the proceedings applied for and were granted an exemption based on their religious beliefs, but the complaint was the necessary masking in public spaces and the COVID-19 mitigation test twice a week. ..

The IU vaccine requirements came from a recommendation issued by the university’s “Resume Committee” charged by then-IU President Michael Macroby to return the campus to pre-pandemic activities. However, the mission has been controversial since it was announced earlier this year. State officials urged the university to cancel the mission. Others asked Governor Eric Holcomb to block it.

Other private institutions of higher education in the state, such as Butler University and the University of Notre Dame, have adopted similar policies.

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This article was originally published in The Indianapolis Star: Indiana University COVID-19 requirements endorsed by the Court of Appeals