Eight students from the Indiana University (IU) have recently filed a federal lawsuit against the school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. This article published by the Epoch Times on June 23, 2021 reports.
On May 21, 2021, IU notified all its faculty, staff, and students of the requirement to receive a COVID vaccine for the fall semester. According to the notice, students failing to do so will result in the cancellation of class registrations while faculty and staff who do not comply will “no longer be able to be employed” by IU.
The plaintiffs allege that the vaccine requirement is unconstitutional and it violates Indiana’s ban on vaccine passports. They also point out that the vaccines are under Emergency Use Authorization which requires “complete, informed, and voluntary consent”. The complainants say that the threat of expulsion from school is not consent, but coercion.
A copy of the lawsuit may be accessed here: https://www.bopplaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/iu-vax-complaint.pdf
Editor’s Note: Most universities in the US now have mandatory vaccination requirements before enrollment [hence prompting a group of experts to release this open letter, see Open Letter from Physicians to Universities: Allow Students Back Without COVID Vaccine Mandate].
Coercing people to take an experimental vaccine is a clear violation of our right to govern our own bodies. This kind of coercion sets us back thousands of years in the past, to a time where people could be owned and were treated like animals. A time when personal sovereignty and human rights were non-existent. Are we really trying to go back to this time?
Vaccine mandates among universities are also a violation of the human right to education. We have gone decades fighting for the right of every single person to access this basic right. Now that people from all colors, religious denominations, and belief systems are given the capacity to access any school they want to enter to, why are these universities creating a new way to segregate students?
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