A Federal Judge in Louisiana has blocked a college’s vaccine requirement for students.
U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty said the private college violated that law with its vaccination policy and issued a temporary restraining order of the policy until the case can move forward.
The students sued claiming the policy violated their religious decision not to get the vaccine.
According to The News Star:
Three students who filed suit against the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Louisiana campus have won a temporary restraining order against the college.
The medical college, better known as VCOM, is restrained from mandating the three students get vaccinated as a condition for their enrollment as well as retaliating against the students for their lawsuit filing.
The ruling comes after the school had already agreed to allow the students to enroll without being vaccinated under a religious exemption. The three had sought the restraining order before that decision by VCOM was made.
VCOM students Rachel Lynn Magliulo, Matthew Shea Willis and Kirsten Willis Hall filed a lawsuit against the college at the beginning of August because they said they were denied a religious exemption from the college’s vaccine mandate. Despite now having approved vaccine exemptions, they claim the conditions surrounding their exemptions prevent them from fully partaking in their education.
“VCOM students are allowed to use the ULM library and other facilities, attend athletic events, participate in intramural sports, and are for all practical purposes, ULM students,” Doughty wrote. “Although VCOM is a private university, it is clearly entwined with ULM policies and entwined with ULM management and control.”
“Even during a pandemic, we must protect the rights of our citizens,” Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry said.