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A judge ruled on Monday that Indiana University’s policy requiring students to receive a Covid-19 vaccine before the fall semester starts would be upheld, after eight students sued the university last month claiming the vaccine mandate violated their rights.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES — 2021/06/10: Protesters hold placards during the demonstration. … [+] Anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers gathered at Indiana University’s Sample Gates to protest against mandatory Covid vaccinations IU is requiring for students, staff and faculty during the upcoming fall semester. The protesters say their constitutional rights are being infringed, and have launched a law suit. The University isn’t requiring proof of vaccination, but workers who lie can be fired for lying to the university. Other workers are concerned unvaccinated co-workers will infect them with the virus, which has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans already. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Indiana University released its new rules mandating Covid-19 vaccines for students, faculty and staff in May, with those who file an exemption for medical or religious reasons needing to undergo Covid-19 testing.

Under the university’s policy, students, faculty and staff would need to be fully vaccinated for at least two weeks before entering campus.

Shortly after the mandate was released, eight students filed a lawsuit against Indiana University claiming that the school’s vaccine requirement violated their 14th Amendment Rights and Indiana state law.

The plaintiff’s lead attorney said the students plan to appeal the ruling, according to a report by CNN.

Forbes has reached out to Indiana University and the plaintiff’s lawyers for comment.

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