The mandate requires students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated or get an exemption for religious or medical reasons before the fall.
The eight students filed a lawsuit Monday in the U.S. District Court in Indiana, asking a judge to prevent the school from enforcing it, saying it is in violation of the 14th Amendment and State Law.
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Following Rokita’s announcement, the school changed its policy from requiring students to upload documentation of their vaccine status to completing an online form.
University officials said the new policy will not change.
“The requirement that all Indiana University students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated before returning to school in August remains in place,” Indiana University spokesman Chuck Carney said Tuesday. “As part of IU’s response to the ongoing pandemic, the vaccine mandate will help support a return to safer and more normal surgeries this fall. The university is confident it will win in this case.”
Carney said the attorney general’s statement confirmed the university’s right to demand vaccinations.
The lawsuit says it is a violation of the law to require students to use the form to confirm they have been vaccinated and report the dates because it means they must prove they have been vaccinated.
The eight student applicants are two incoming first-year students, two incoming high school students, a senior, an incoming first-year lawyer, a student pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, and a doctoral graduate.
Six of the students have been granted exceptions based on religious beliefs. The other two do not qualify for exceptions, the lawsuit says. Several of the plaintiffs also oppose masking demands and other measures for unvaccinated students.
“In fact, no other government entity, not the FDA, not the CDC, not the state of Indiana, not any county government, and not other Indiana public universities need a COVID vaccination.”
The plaintiffs are suing the school board.
Recently, a federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit against Houston Methodist Hospital by employees who were against a Covid-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment.
U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes dismissed Jennifer Jennifer and 116 of her colleagues at the hospital.
“Methodist trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them … COVID-19,” Hughes wrote in the dismissal of the trial.
“It’s a choice made to keep staff, patients and their families safer. Bridges are free to accept or reject a COVID-19 vaccine; but if she refuses, she will simply have to work another one. place. “
Hospital spokeswoman Gale Smith told CNN on Tuesday that 153 employees either resigned during the two-week suspension period that began June 8 or were laid off on Tuesday.
Employees who complied with the policy during the suspension period returned to work the day after they became compatible, Smith said in an email.
CNN’s Keith Allen contributed to this report.