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Federal judge affirms Indiana University vaccine requirement

Indiana University in Bloomington (IU)
Indiana University in Bloomington (IU)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 9:06 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 9:20 AM CDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge is allowing Indiana University to continue with its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all students and employees.

A ruling from a judge in South Bend rejects a request from eight IU students who sought to block the requirement while they pursued a lawsuit claiming that the university’s policy violated both their constitutional rights and the state’s new law banning vaccine passports.

The judge held a hearing on the case last week and wrote in his ruling that evidence so far shows that IU has pursued a reasonable policy in the “legitimate interest of public health for its students, faculty and staff.” 

IU sent the following statement in regards to the court’s ruling.

“A ruling from the federal court has affirmed Indiana University’s COVID-19 vaccination plan designed for the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We appreciate the quick and thorough ruling which allows us to focus on a full and safe return. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our campuses for the fall semester.”

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