Lawsuit Against Maryland University System Over Vaccination Warrants

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BALTIMORE – A federal lawsuit has been filed against the University System of Maryland (USM) over vaccination warrants.

Two students and a state employee say the requirement violates their rights to personal autonomy, bodily integrity and informed consent under the United States Constitution.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs write that the warrant “creates a de facto suspicious new classification based on biology and establishes a system of disparate and discriminatory treatment of individuals who are classified as unvaccinated in violation of the 14th Amendment.”

RELATED: Maryland State Universities To Require Vaccinations For All On Campus This Fall

USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman announced the decision to require vaccination in April for all students, faculty and campus staff in the fall.

The terms of reference were based on the recommendation of a USM task force that includes academic experts in public health and infectious diseases, and on advice from the 12 system presidents, among others.

Advance notice from the Maryland attorney general’s office said state universities could legally require COVID-19 vaccines, but warned of possible legal challenges along the way.

Last month, the United States Supreme Court refused to block a similar mandate implemented by Indiana University.

The lawsuit can be read below.

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