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WMU students sue over COVID policies

Four student soccer players say they shouldn't have to get vaccinated.

Four students at Western Michigan University have filed suit over the school’s vaccination policy for athletes.

WMU requires all student athletes to be at least partially vaccinated in order to play. Four members of WMU’s women’s soccer team refused to get vaccinated citing their religious beliefs.

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The four are being represented by the Great Lakes Justice Center, which was also behind frivolous charges of election fraud following the 2020 presidential election. The federal civil rights complaint alleges the students applied for religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement but are still being barred from playing.

For its part, the university said the vaccine requirement is needed to avoid outbreaks of the coronavirus among athletes. That’s what happened last fall when sports had to be put on hold.

A spokesperson for WMU said the plaintiffs have been allowed to keep their athletic scholarships, they’re just restricted from practices and competition.

[MLive, Michigan Radio]

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