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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Federal Court Rules Vaccine Mandate at Indiana University is Likely Lawful

Inside Higher Education reports that a federal judge in Indiana has denied student-plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction against Indiana University regarding its mandate that students receive a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the judge, "the students failed to show a likelihood they will succeed on their claim that IU lacks a rational basis for its vaccine requirement," Inside Higher Education reports.

Students also argued that they should not be required to wear masks or get tested for COVID-19. The federal court ruled against the students on these grounds as well, stating that "there is no fundamental constitutional right to not wear a mask … Nor is there a fundamental constitutional right to not be tested for a virus before entering a place of public accommodation."

The article indicates the students will appeal the decision. Read the full court opinion here.

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