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A group of Indiana University (IU) students on Tuesday appealed a ruling federal judge denied their motion to place a COVID vaccine mandate on the university while awaiting the outcome of a federal one. kiha they filed last month.
The students also asked the district court to restrain the university from enforcing the mandate while awaiting appeal.
Judge Damon R. Leichty of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana said he weighed individual liberty against public health concerns in his judgment.
According to the New York Times, Leichty’s decision shows that this is the first case in which coronavirus vaccination requirements have been maintained at a university. Despite delivering to the judge Leichty expressed his own doubts, citing individual freedom and self -determination.
The Times wrote:
“A person can teach‘ a genuine self -confidence and self -determination that an Emersonian wants – an independent right of the individual to choose the vaccine or not, ’Judge Leichty , appointed by President Donald J. Trump, wrote in his judgment… But he added that restraint of the judiciary was necessary to avoid ‘imposing any personal view on the form of constitutional interpretation. “
The university issued a statement to judge:
“A decision from the federal court upheld 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 judgment that allows us to take action. -focus on a full and safe return. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our campuses for the fall semester. “
While the lawsuit may continue, the judge denies a single policy order for the fall semester unless the appellate court overturns the judgment.
In May, the IU announced this will require all students, faculty and staff who receive COVID vaccinations before they return to campus for the fall semester, with strict and limited mandatory exemptions for those with religious or medical neglect.
Even those students who are granted an exemption may be forced to meet additional requirements, regardless of why they received an exemption, The Bopp Law Firm, which represents the complainants, said a press release.
Those granted an exemption must go through more vigorously COVID rules, including trying on and wearing a mask when on campus. Masks are an option for those who are fully vaccinated, According to Fox 59.
The policy is controversial Coming out of the gate, along with some Indiana lawmakers urged Governor Eric Holcomb to dismantle it. Attorney General Todd Rokita said last month the policy that “runs smoothly” in state law.
Following Rokita’s announcement that the school changed the policy from asking students to upload documentation of their vaccination status until they had to fill out an online form, but did not revoke the vaccination mandate. .
The eight students who filed a lawsuit against the mandate include two future freshmen, two future years, a senior, a future first year law student, a student pursuing a master’s degree in business administration and a doctoral candidate. Reported by CNN.
Six of the students received exemptions based on religious beliefs. The other two do not qualify for exemptions, the lawsuit said. Many complainants also objected to the requirements of the mask and other measures for unidentified students.
James Bopp Jr., lead counsel for the plaintiffs told CNN:
“They are suing because they have been stripped of their constitutional rights to make medical decisions for themselves and protect their own bodily integrity. After all, they are adults and they want to weigh the risks and consequences. to get vaccinated or get COVID. ”
The Bopp Law Firm the case was filed on behalf of IU students in the United States District Court of Indiana challenged IU’s order to preserve students ’rights to physical integrity and autonomy, due process and the right to consent to medical treatment.
The students sought a temporary order to stop the mandate from taking effect, and asked the school to make public documents, until now kept secret by the IU, revealing why the IU ordered the COVID vaccinations. for all IU students, and how COVID infections and vaccinations. affected the university.
Bopp’s group submitted a public records request to the IU asking for the same documents, but no documents were released.
The IU opposed the request to produce court documents, saying it was not necessary to disclose any of its confidential documents until the court hearing was over and the court hearing should be delayed.
The firm represents the students SAYS if the court sided with the IU’s delayed tactics, the court would likely not be able to make a decision on the plaintiffs ’constitutional claims until school starts, forcing students to suffer the consequences of their refusal to follow the steps of the IU.
“Students believe their right to bodily integrity and bodily autonomy is so important that the IU should meet a high bar, proving why even more measures are needed, something that not done by IU, “the lawyers wrote.
If this high standard is used – which students are asked to do in the district court and ask the Court of Appeals for the seventh Circuit – they are confident that their claims will be successful, the strongly expressed.
College student with a history of Guillain – Barré syndrome refuses to be admitted to aspiring school
College students across the country, not just in Indiana, face tough judgments, as a increasing number in colleges and universities announced COVID vaccine orders.
One of them is future college freshman Olivia Sandor, who said she lost a $ 200,000 scholarship to her “dream school” because of the school’s strict vaccination mandate.
Sandor was denied admission to Brigham Young University (BYU) – Hawaii after requesting an exemption because of his dangerous medical history, According to Fox News.
Sandor, whose doctor wrote him a release letter, shared his story on Monday on “HAPPINESS. ”Sandor explained how, after being vaccinated in 2019, he suffered Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) left him paralyzed from the waist down for more than a month.
GBS is a rare neurological disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nerve system – the network of nerves that lie outside the brain and spinal cord. GBS can range from a very mild case with brief weakness to paralysis, leaving the person unable to breathe independently.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration adds a warning mark of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, which says it could cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
The FDA issued a new warning about J&J’s COVID vaccine saying the shot was linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome, a “severe but rare” autoimmune disorder.
– Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (@RobertKennedyJr) July 13, 2021
BYU denied his admission to the school, even with the $ 200,000 scholarship Sandor received, blaming the decision on state vaccination mandates.
“I don’t want to go back and have another Guillain-Barré season,” he said. “It’s really, really worthless to me.”
“No matter what the internet says, I really believe the vaccine is not for me,” Sandor said. “And if you feel you need to be vaccinated, then by all means; I have nothing against you. But I don’t feel that those with medical exemptions should be pushed to have this vaccine. “
Sandor said he had “nowhere to go back” for his future after receiving his rejection and losing a key financial scholar.
“Because BYU-Hawaii didn’t notify us that it was mandated until mid-June, all scholarships were lost,” he said. “I really don’t know where I’m going to turn or what my next steps are.”
The Protector reported several individuals in college who were injured by the COVID vaccine, including a 19-year-old college athlete who developed myocarditis after his second dose of Pfizer vaccine, and a 17-year-old – whose school needed the vaccine – who developed myocarditis after his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Defender also reports on the death of 19-year-old college freshman Simone Scott, who died of complications from a heart transplant she underwent after contracting myocarditis after being vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID vaccine.