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Appeals court won’t dismiss lawsuit over IU vaccine mandate

CHICAGO (WPTA21) - A federal appeals court has denied a bid by Indiana University to dismiss the lawsuit that claims the school violated students' rights by requiring COVID-19 vaccination to attend this fall.

The Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals did not include an explanation when it filed its decision, simply noting that the motion is denied.

Eight students at IU sued in hopes of overturning the rules that were announced in May.

The administration has won several early rounds in the court fight, allowing the requirement to take effect for the fall semester.

The US Supreme Court declined to issue an injunction last month.

The appeals court ruling means the matter will likely get another hearing, however.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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